COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team opens its championship season at the 2020 Big Ten Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships held at the University of Indiana’s Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center from Wednesday, Feb. 26 through Saturday, Feb. 29. The Buckeye men are sending a championship roster of 21 swimmers and five divers to compete throughout the week. The swimmers include:
Matt Abeysinghe (Sr.), Sem Andreis (So.), Carson Burt (Jr.), Paul DeLakis (Jr.), Alex Dillmann (Sr.), Connor Isings (Jr.), RJ Kondalski (So.), Noah Lense (Sr.), Andrew Loy (Sr.), Jason Mathews (So.), Hudson McDaniel (So.), Colin McDermott (Jr.), Evan McFadden (Jr.), Joe Pohlmann (So.), Thomas Watkins (Fr.), Lain Weaver (So.), Chachi Gustafson (Fr.), Evan Stapp (Jr.), Jonah Cooper (Fr.), Daniel Gloude (Sr.), and Trey Gribble (So.).
The five divers representing Ohio State are Joey Canova (Jr.), Jake Fielding (So.), Hunter Grannum (Fr.), Jacob Siler (Jr.) and Lyle Yost (Fr.).
The meet will be broadcast on BTN Plus for the first six sessions while the final session will air live on the Fox Sports Go app and tape-delayed on BTN on Monday, March 2 at 6 p.m. Visit tickets.iuhoosiers.com for ticket information and consult the parking guide here for parking information. Watch links and live results links will be updated on the men’s swimming and diving schedule on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Wednesday, Feb. 19 (5 p.m.)
200-yard Medley Relay
800-yard Freestyle Relay
Thursday, Feb. 20 (Preliminaries at 11 a.m., Finals at 6:30 p.m.)
200-yard Individual Medley
400-yard Medley Relay
Friday, Feb. 21 (Preliminaries at 11 a.m., Finals at 6:30 p.m.)
400-yard Individual Medley
200-yard Freestyle Relay
Saturday, Feb. 22 (Preliminaries at 11 a.m., Finals at 6:30 p.m.)
1,650-yard Freestyle (4:15 p.m.)
400-yard Freestyle Relay
A Final Scoring: 32-28-27-26-25-24-23-22
B Final Scoring: 20-17-16-15-14-13-12-11
C Final Scoring: 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
Relay Scoring: 64-56-54-52-50-48-46-44-40-34
Ohio State swimmers hold Top 5 times in three events including the 50 backstroke, 200 breaststroke and the 200 freestyle. Colin McDermott holds the highest spot on the Buckeye roster, coming in at No. 3 with a time of 21.75 in the 50 back. Noah Lense has two, No. 6 times in the 100 and 200 butterfly. Jason Mathews is a top contender in the breaststroke events while Paul DeLakis is Top 5 in the 200 freestyle.
In the relay events, Ohio State holds three Top 5 times and two Top 3 times in the conference. The 400 freestyle relay squad recorded a No. 3 time at the Ohio State Invitational while the 200 medley relay team also posted a No. 3 time of 1:26.21 at the event.
In diving, the Buckeye men hold the top four times in the Big Ten on the 1-meter springboard. Lyle Yost leads the pack while Jacob Fielding, Joey Canova and Hunter Grannum are 2-3-4, respectively. Jacob Siler is also sixth overall in the event. On the 3-meter springboard, Canova holds the top spot while Fielding, Siler and Yost are ranked 3-4-5, respectively.
OHIO STATE AT THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ohio State has won 13 Big Ten titles, with the las coming in 2010. As a team, the Buckeyes have finished in the Top Five every year since 2006, including eleven consecutive Top 3 finishes. The Buckeyes’ 13 team titles are the third-most in conference history. Ohio State has won 202 individual Big Ten titles including 96 swimming, 23 relay and 83 diving.
Last season the Buckeye men finished third among the 10 teams with a total score of 1,243.5. Indiana claimed the top spot while Michigan took silver with 1,464 points. Ohio State’s relay teams took home top marks as the 200 yard medley and 800 yard freestyle squads each finished third. The 200 medley relay team of Colin McDermott, Ben Sugar, Michael Salazar and Mossimo Chavez finished with a time of 1:24.16, the No. 2 time in program history. Next, the 800 freestyle relay team of Andrew Loy, Ruslan Gaziev, Nick Hogsed and Paul DeLakis set a new school record at 6:13.44. Finally, the 400 yard freestyle team took home the Buckeyes’ only silver medal and set a new school-record time of 2:48.75. Loy, DeLakis, Matt Abeysinghe and Gaziev were just .08 away from first place in the event.