Nov. 11, 2016
Columbus, Ohio— Ohio State hosted Cleveland state on Friday afternoon at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion and came away with a 184-111 victory to start its weekend off well. The Buckeyes are now 3-0 in dual meets on the year, having defeated three fellow Ohioans- Kenyon, Denison, and now Cleveland State.
The foursome of Matt McHugh, Jack Barone, Michael Salazar, and Mossimo Chavez got things started with a win in the 200 medley relay (1:29.62). Brayden Seal followed that up with a first place finish in the 1000 freestyle (9:15.75, his fastest of this young season), making him a perfect 3-for-3 in that event this year so far. Salazar returned to his winning ways quickly, taking first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:41.28).
Cleveland State took the next two events: the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke. McHugh posted the fastest Buckeye time in the 100 back (48.33) while Michael Eaton was the top OSU finisher in the 100 breast (57.29). For McHugh, that was his best time in that event so far this year.
Two more swimming events wrapped up before the break: the 200 butterfly and the 50 freestyle. For Ohio State it meant two more first place finishes and two more season-best times. Ching Lim took care of the 200 fly with his time of 1:49.12, while Josh Fleagle outpaced the field in the 50 free (20.64).
Diving-wise it was all Colin Zeng. The national champion took first place on 3-meter (389.18) and also on 1-meter (400.13). He was the only diver to crack 400 on the latter event.
Cleveland State and Ohio State would split the rest of the individual swimming events. The Vikings took the 200 backstroke, 100 butterfly, and 200 IM. Top Ohio State finishers for those races were Brad Shannon in the 200 back (1:51.80), Salazar for the 100 fly (49.10), and Daniel Gloude for the 200 IM (1:53.64).
The three Buckeye event wins came in the 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, and 500 freestyle. Mark Belanger bested the rest of the field in the 100 free, swimming a time of 45.79; sophomore Brandon Fronczak took first place in the 200 breast (2:05.91); and Seal continued his distance freestyle domination by winning the 500 free in a time of 4:32.06.
The Buckeyes return to the pool tomorrow, Saturday, for a dual meet against Miami (OH). Competition will begin at 1 p.m.