July 22, 2018

Buckeyes Add More Podium Finishes On Saturday At Summer Events


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Surging into another day of competition for members of the Ohio State swimming & diving team, Buckeyes made their way to the podium on Saturday, continuing the successful weekend at multiple national and international events.

Not far up route 71 in Cleveland, Ohio, 11 Buckeyes made the podium at the USA Speedo Sectionals at the Busbey Natatorium.

Matthew Abeysinghe claimed gold in the 50 fly, finishing at 24.83. Mikayla Murphy took her third event win of the weekend in the 400 free, dropping 4.43 off her personal best with a time of 4:20.27. Ryan Vander Meulen made it a sweep on both the men and women’s sides with a first-place time of 4:03.28. Ohio State’s final gold of the night was in the 800 free relay, as Abeysinghe, Vander Meulen, Carson Burt, and Benjamin Kuriger teamed up for a time of 7:43.13.

Alex Jahan, who earned gold in the 200 breast on Thursday, posted a second-place finish in the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.84.

Rebekah Bradley garnered two bronze medals, in the 50 fly (27.94) and in the 100 back (1:04.42). Colin McDermott took home a bronze in the 100 back on the men’s side, clocking in at 57.30. Rounding out the medal finishes for the Buckeyes, Alex Dillman took third in the 200 fly with a readout of 2:05.26.

At the German Swimming Championships, Ohio State alum Aliena Schmidtke took second in the 100 fly with a time of 59.29. Current Buckeye Kathrin Demler finished ninth in the 200 free at a time of 2:01.08.