Feb. 5, 2016
Columbus, Ohio— Closing out its dual meet schedule tonight, Ohio State welcomed Wright State to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion and came away with a 192-125 victory. The Buckeyes had the fastest swimmer in all but two events on the evening.
On the diving end, the men completed their dual meet season undefeated; a capper to what has been a fantastic season thus far for head coach Justin Sochor and his divers. Reigning Big Ten Diver of the Week Colin Zeng, who has earned that honor from the conference four times this season, once again dominated on the boards. He won both the one-meter and three-meter events with scores of 430.20 and 483.15, respectively. The sophomore has placed first in all but three events this entire season, a remarkable achievement.
The Buckeyes’ trusty relay team of Matt McHugh, DJ MacDonald, Ching Lim, and Mossimo Chavez started things off in the 200 medley relay with a first place finish (1:29.25) and senior Chris DePietro followed that up with a victory in the 400 IM (3:58.13). His fellow senior Jovan Mitrovic then won the 200 freestyle with his time of 1:39.73.
Ohio State’s winning ways continued, with a Buckeye owning the fastest time in the next six events. Mark Belanger (49.14) was the next OSU swimmer to find his name atop the finishers, this time in the 100 backstroke. Dustin Tynes then outpaced his competitors in the 100 breaststroke, posting a time of 56.53. Freshman Sam Stankivicz got his first event win of his career in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:52.40, narrowly swimming past Wright State’s Jeffrey Ross (1:52.70). A swimmer who has won many events in his career, McHugh, followed the freshman with a first place finish in the 50 freestyle (20.56). The next two Buckeye top finishers were Nathan Christian in the 100 freestyle (45.17) and Thomas Trace in the 200 backstroke (1:50.76). Trace and teammate Brad Shannon (1:50.81) duked it out in that race with Trace coming out on top.
A Raider would finish atop the 200 breaststroke; Matthew Dossow (2:06.12) won a closely contested race against Andrew Appleby (2:06.32). A familiar name finished first in the 500 freestyle; Steffen Hillmer (4:31.82) outpaced Austin Mortimer (4:33.25), who had the second-fastest time in that event. Senior Peter Lyon finished ahead of the field in the 100 butterfly with his time of 50.27 and Wright State nabbed its second event win of the day in the 200 IM to follow that.
While the 200 freestyle had its usual spot at the end of the meet, three 50 yard races (backstroke, breaststroke, then butterfly) were swam before that. Belanger swam past George Pappas (23.98 to 24.90) in the 50 back, while Dmitry Dolgov owned the fastest time in the 50 breast. McHugh (22.16) and Lim (22.26) were the two fastest in the 50 fly. Stephen Watson, Clark Jackman, Justin Dunn, and Jack DiSalle (1:24.86) closed things out with the fastest 200 free relay time.
Ohio State finishes its dual meet season 10-1, with just the Winter Invitational between it and the Big Ten Championships. More information on both events to follow.