Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving program has 15 swimmers and divers headed to the 2018 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships this Wednesday through Saturday in Minneapolis, Minn., at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center.
The four-day meet will be streamed on BTN2Go and WatchESPN. BTN2Go will cover Wednesday night’s 800 freestyle relay as well as all the action on Thursday (prelims/finals). WatchESPN will take over the coverage on Friday and Saturday night.
The meet begins on Wednesday night with the 800 freestyle relay at 7 p.m. ET. Thursday’s prelims will begin at 11 a.m. ET and finals will start at 7 p.m. Friday’s action will start at 11 a.m. ET with prelims, and then WatchESPN will air the finals that evening at 7 p.m. ET. Saturday’s schedule will mirror the Thursday and Friday schedule with prelims starting at 11 a.m. ET and finals commencing at 7 p.m. ET. A full schedule of events can be found below with their corresponding days.
|March 21||March 22||March 23||March 24|
|800 freestyle relay||200 freestyle relay||400 IM||1650 freestyle|
|500 freestyle||100 butterfly||200 backstroke|
|200 IM||200 freestyle||100 freestyle|
|50 freestyle||100 breaststroke||200 breaststroke|
|One-meter diving||100 backstroke||200 butterfly|
|400 medley relay||Three-meter diving||Platform diving|
|200 medley relay||400 freestyle relay|
Buckeye NCAA Crew
Ohio State has a total of 15 student-athletes qualified for the NCAA meet in Minneapolis. Sophomore butterfly Noah Lenseheadlines the group with a pair of events on his individual schedule – the 100 and 200 butterfly. Lense, a native of Clearwater, Fla., owns the seventh-fastest time in the NCAA this year in the 200 butterfly (1:40.83), a readout he registered at the Big Ten Championships a month ago. In the 100 butterfly, he enter the meet as the No. 11 seed with a season-best readout of 45.41.
Joining Lense in the 200 butterfly will be Henrique Painhas; the junior from Brazil owns a season-best time of 1:42.47. FreshmanPaul DeLakis will swim in two individual events – the 200 freestyle (1:32.86) and 200 individual medley (1:42.83). DeLakis’ owns the school record in both of those individual events and he registered both of them a month ago at the Big Ten Championships. His time of 1:32.86 is the ninth best in the NCAA, and the best to be swum by a freshman this year.
Ohio State had a group of five divers qualify on the final day of the platform competition at the Zone C diving meet on March 10 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The platform representatives for the Scarlet and Gray will be Stephen Romanik, Christo Law,Aaron Daniels-Freeman, Clay White and Jacob Siler. Romanik will also be competing on the one and three-meter board, and Law advanced to the NCAA meet on one meter as well.
School record holder in the 100 breaststroke, Jack Barone, will mix it up with nations best in his primetime event. Just a month ago at the Big Ten conference meet, the senior broke his own school record in the 100 breaststroke with a career-best readout of 52.24. Matt Abeysinghe (100 freestyle) and Andrew Loy (200 freestyle) both advanced to the NCAA meet in the freestyle.
Mark Belanger, Mossimo Chavez, Nick Hogsed and Michael Salazar will be ready when they are called upon for the relays. Ohio State is qualified for four of the five relays contested at the NCAA meet – the 800 freestyle relay, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.