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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeye swimming and diving program hosts the Ohio State Winter Invitational Friday, Nov. 11-Sunday, Nov. 13 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion for its final regular-season outing of the year. The three-day meet features five teams in addition to the Buckeyes, including Kentucky, Ball State, John Carroll, Cleveland State and Akron.
Important Meet Day Reminders
Prelims meet will start at 11 a.m. ET on each day of the invitational. Finals are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. ET on Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Order of Events
|Friday. Feb.11 (11 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals)||Saturday. Feb.12 (11 a.m. prelims, 5 p.m. finals)||Sunday. Feb.13 (11 a.m. prelims, 4 p.m. finals)|
|200 Free Relay||200 Medley Relay||1650 Free|
|500 Free||100 Fly||200 Back|
|200 IM||400 IM||100 Free|
|50 Free||200 Free||200 Breast|
|400 Medley Relay||100 Breast||200 Fly|
|100 Back||400 Free Relay|
|800 Free Relay|
Ohio State In the Rankings
Both the men’s and the women’s teams saw improvements in their rankings with the reveal of the February CSCAA poll on Wednesday. The women come in at No. 6, improving three spots on their previous ranking. The men break into the top-10 this month with a No. 9 ranking, a five-spot jump from last month’s poll.
Ohio State as of Late
The Buckeyes enter the invitational following a historic win over Michigan on Jan. 28. With the men defeating the Wolverines 189-111 and the women edging their rivals 152.5-147.5, the program earned its first combined win over Michigan in the history of the dual. The men earned their first victory against Michigan since the 1990-91 season while the women took the win for the first time since the 2013-14 campaign.
The women’s team has earned five dual wins on the year and finished first at the Ohio State Fall Invitational. The men have won four duals and placed second at the fall invite.
NCAA Qualifying Times
Thirty Buckeyes have raced NCAA qualifying times this season. The women have 19 swimmers who have raced to B standard times while all five divers have recorded zone qualifying scores. Hannah Bach is the only individual swimmer with an NCAA A cut this season, racing a 58:08 in the 100 breaststroke at the Ohio State Fall Invitational. For the men, 11 swimmers have finished in B qualifying times in 12 different events. All eight men’s divers have earned NCAA zone standards on at least one board. The women’s 200 free relay, 400 free relay and 200 medley relay as well as the men’s 200 medley relay have earned NCAA qualifying times.
With one more regular-season meet for the Buckeyes this year, 11 Ohio State swimmers have recorded finishes that rank in the top 20 in the NCAA this season. Charlie Clark is third in the Big Ten and seventh nationally with a season-best 1650 freestyle time of 14:42.21. Hunter Armstrong’s 45.66 finish in the 100 backstroke at the Fall Invitational ranks ninth-best in the country this season and third in the conference. Fabio Dalu comes in at 14th in the mile in a time of 14:53.34 for the NCAA B cut. Ruslan Gaziev’s season-best time of 1:33.20 in the 200 freestyle is the 15th-best time in the country.
For the women, Hannah Bach leads the conference and ranks seventh in the nation with a season-best 58.08 in the 100 breaststroke. Sally Tafuto’s season-best time of 4:40.49 in the 500 freestyle leads the conference and ranks 12th nationally. Katherine Zenick’s 51.65 in the 100 butterfly is the 11th fastest time in the NCAA this year. Amy Fulmer own’s the 11th-best time nationally in the 100 freestyle with an NCAA B cut time of 48.09 and also ranks 15th nationally and third in the conference with a time of 1:44.98 in the 200 freestyle. Maya Geringer leads the Buckeyes with a 16:06.02 in the 1650 freestyle, good for second in the Big Ten, 11th nationally and an NCAA B cut. Katie Trace raced the 19th-fastest time in the 400 IM Backstroke this year with a season-best time of 4:08.80. Rounding out the Buckeyes in the top-20 is Emily Crane with a team-best 51.94 in the 100 backstroke this season.