November 9, 2018

Ohio State Prepared For Inaugural ACC/Big Ten Challenge

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Selected members of the No. 10 Ohio State men and No. 15 women’s swimming & diving team will compete on the Big Ten team at the first ever Big Ten vs. ACC Swimming & Diving Challenge on Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 10-11 at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind. Those not competing in the challenge will participate in an exhibition meet with Kenyon at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes and the Lords and Ladies will combine teams to become Team Purple & Gray and Team Scarlet & White. Admission to the meet is free and fans can park in the Neil Avenue Garage right next to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion for $5 beginning at 5 p.m. ET.

BUCKEYE B1G-ACC CHALLENGE SELECTIONS
Eight men and five women from the Ohio State team were selected to represent the conference among the Big Ten’s best swimmers. Participants were chosen based on personal event times and program membership.

Molly Kowal, the top Buckeye distance swimmer on the women’s side, is set for the 500 Free and 1000 Free. Freya Rayner, a leader in the freestyle sprints, will compete in the 50 Free and 100 Free as an individual and join the 200 Medley and 400 Free relays. The final women’s swimmer, Kristen Romano, will appear in the 400 IM, the 200 Free as well as the 400 and 800 Free Relay. Genevieve Angerame and Lara Tarvit will represent OSU in the diving events.

Ruslan Gaziev, one of the nation’s freestyle sprint leaders, will swim in the 100 Free and team up with other conference swimmers in the 400 Medley Relay and 400 Free Relay. Noah Lense and Michael Salazar will both swim in the 100 Fly, 200 Fly, 200 Medley Relay and 400 Medley Relay. Nick Hogsed will represent the Buckeye distance in the 500 Free and 1000 Free, as well as appearing in the 400 IM. Paul DeLakis will contribute to a conference 400 Free and 800 Free Relay squad, and swim a 200 Free individually. Aaron Daniels-Freeman, Christo Law and Jacob Siler round out the OSU representatives, competing as divers.

Ohio State Director of Swimming & Diving, Bill Dorenkott, will serve as the Big Ten men’s team assistant coach, working with Ray Looze of Indiana. The team coaches were chosen based on conference finish last season, with Indiana winning the conference crown and Ohio State finishing runner-up.

CHALLENGE FORMAT
The two-day challenge will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday and continue at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The short-course yards dual meet will follow a similar format to the 2016 College Challenge, in which a running score will be kept combining the points earned by both the women and men. Meet scoring will mirror NCAA dual meet parameters.

WAYS TO FOLLOW
Saturday’s meet events will be carried on BTN Plus and be viewed on BTN2Go.com ($). On Sunday, the Big Ten-ACC Challenge will be live on Big Ten Network. Live swimming results are available here and live diving results are available here. Keep up with the Buckeyes competing by following Ohio State Swimming & Diving on Twitter @OhioStSwimDive.

MEET SCHEDULE
Saturday
400 Medley Relay
400 IM
100 Free
200 Back
200 Breast
100 Fly
500 Free
Women’s Platform
Men’s 3-Meter
800 Free

Sunday
200 Medley Relay
1000 Free
200 Free
100 Back
100 Breast
200 Fly
50 Free
200 IM
Women’s 3-Meter
Men’s Platform
400 Free Relay

OHIO STATE AND KENYON JOIN FORCES IN EXHIBITION
On Friday, Nov. 9, the Buckeyes will swim in an exhibition meet with Kenyon at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The men and women’s teams from each school will be split in half and combined, forming Team Purple & Gray and Team Scarlet & White. Events will be 75s instead of 100s, and the meet will culminate in a joint team dinner.

LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes made a statement on Friday, Nov. 2, defeating the No. 22 Akron women’s team, 174.5-124.5, and both the Denison squads. The men took down the Big Red by a score of 221-75, and the women downed the team, 224-75.

The Ohio State men won 16 events collectively, with five Buckeyes winning more than one event. Nick Hogsed continued to lead OSU in the distance events, winning the 500 Free and 1000 Free with season-best times for each. Ruslan Gaziev claimed the 200 Free and 200 Back titles, Matthew Abeysinghe placed first in the 100 Fly and 200 IM and Jason Mathews was victorious in the 100 and 200 Breast.

Jacob Fielding swept titles on the 1-meter (352.10) and 3-meter (379.45) boards, continuing his streak of placing in the Top Two in at least one event at four consecutive meets this season. The performance earned him Big Ten Diver and Freshman of the Week.

The women took down their first ranked opponent of the season, and won 11 events in total. Kathrin Demler swam a career-best 1000 Free with a time of 9:57.48 to claim first and followed it up with a win in the 200 Free, registering a time of 1:48.85. The 400 Free Relay team of Katie Trace, Freya Rayner, Taylor Petrak and Lucija Jurkovic-Perisa claimed first, beating out the No. 6 team in the nation, Akron, by a second. Rayner also extended her 50 Free win streak to four consecutive meets. OSU swept the diving titles, with Lexie Barker winning the 3-Meter board (313.90) for the second time this season and Genevieve Angerame taking the 1-Meter title (262.30).

OHIO STATE IN THE RANKINGS
In the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America TYR Top 25 Dual Meet Swimming and Diving poll, both the men and women’s teams made significant jumps in the polls following the double dual against Texas A&M and Louisville on Oct. 12-13. The men moved up six spots, coming in at No. 10, and the women went up to No. 15.

Six Big Ten men’s team are ranked in the Top 25, and Ohio State is the third-highest ranked team out of those six. Indiana is the top-ranked B1G team at No. 2, followed by Michigan at No. 6. Minnesota (No. 20), Wisconsin (No. 24) and Purdue (No. 25) are also ranked among the Top 25. On the women’s side, five teams from the Big Ten stack up in the rankings. Michigan is No. 3, followed by Indiana at No. 9 and Wisconsin at No. 14. The Buckeye women are the next highest-ranked team at No. 15, up from No. 17. Minnesota is the final ranked team from the conference, coming in at No. 16.

Not only is the conference a force in the rankings, but non-conference Ohio State opponents are also heavily present in the poll. On the women’s side, Texas A&M and Louisville are the No. 6 and No. 8 teams, respectively, and were Ohio State opponents in October. Last week’s opponent, Akron, recently entered the rankings at No. 22. Both Florida (No. 10) and Kentucky (No. 18) are currently ranked and are on the schedule for a dual on Jan. 4-5. OSU opened the season with a victory over Alabama on Sept. 27, and the Crimson Tide are ranked No. 25. The Buckeyes will also see competition from other top teams, including No. 2 Stanford and No. 13 Notre Dame, at the Ohio State Invitational on Nov. 15-17.

The same is true for the men’s team, with Florida at No. 3 and Kentucky receiving votes. Ohio State has downed No. 11, No. 12 and No. 13, as Alabama, Texas A&M and Louisville come in directly after the Buckeyes. Ranked teams will come to Columbus for the Ohio State Invitational on Nov. 15-17, with No. 18 Notre Dame and No. 25 Pittsburgh on the docket.

UP NEXT
Next week, Ohio State hosts the annual Fall Invitational on Nov. 15-17 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.