Jan. 16, 2016
Columbus, Ohio — The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving teams enjoyed a solid weekend competing in a long course time trial on Friday night and in a dual meet against Michigan State on Saturday.
The Buckeyes started out the weekend Friday with 50 long course time trials in which Matt McHugh qualified for Olympic time trials in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 23.06.
The Buckeyes put on a stellar performance, winning all 16 events in the meet. Leading the charge for the Buckeyes were DJ McDonald, McHugh, Brayden Seal, Lim Ching and Colin Zeng who all won two events.
The meet started out strong for the Buckeyes with the team of McHugh, MacDonald, Ching and Mossimo Chavez winning the 200-yard medley, as they have all season, with a time of 1:29.96. They were able to edge out Michigan State’s relay team which posted a time of 1:31.96. This was then followed by three consecutive close races between Buckeye teammates as Seal bested Jovan Mitrovic by a fingertip in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:19.78, while Mitrovic posted 9:19.85.
This was followed up by Steffen Hillmer squeaking by Ching in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:39.57 to Ching’s time of 139.77. Then in the 100-yard backstroke Andrew Appleby was able to best Thomas Trace with a time of 49.87, winning by only .27 of a second.
The Buckeyes continued their string of great performances through the middle of the meet with McDonald winning the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.31, Peter Lyon winning the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 1:51.80, McHugh winning his first event of the day in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.50, Ching winning the 100-yard freestyle over teammate Nathan Christian with a time of 45.26 and Gus Whiteman winning the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:48.05.
As the meet wound down the winning continued as McDonald won his second event of the day in the 200-yard breaststroke, beating second-place finisher Alec Kandt of Michigan State with a time of 2:03.77, Seal beating teammate Hillmer in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:32.25. This was followed by the closest event of the day in which McHugh won his second event of the day in the 100-yard butterfly (49.18), edging out Michigan State’s Alex Trompke (49.64).
After the second break Ching won the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:53.92 and the Buckeye’s finished the meet strong with McHugh, Christian, Appleby, and Hillmer winning the 400-yard freestyle relay by over a 5-second margin.
After it was all said and done Ohio State came away with a sound victory over the Spartans with a score of 186-101 giving the Buckeyes their first victory of 2016. They will look to continue their undefeated dual season on Jan. 29th at 5 p.m. when they host the Kentucky Wildcats.