Feb. 13, 2016
Columbus, Ohio—Members of Ohio State’s No. 15-ranked swimming team competed on Saturday at the Winter Invitational, with many of them posting season-best times.
Between both men and women there were eight schools besides Ohio State that sent swimmers to McCorkle this weekend: Ball State, Cleveland State, Eastern Michigan, Kentucky, Miami (OH), Ohio, Purdue, and Wright State. Prior to this weekend, the Buckeyes had not faced Ball State or Ohio yet this season.
Fans got to see a lot of new faces win some events today for Ohio State. Starting with the 200 medley relay finals, the foursome of Grant Pinchot, Michael Eaton, Sam Stankivicz, and Justin Dunn (1:29.36) teamed up to earn a first place finish. Freshman Austin Mortimer followed that up by pacing the field in the 500 freestyle, narrowly edging out teammate Jack Hendricks (4:26.69). The 100 butterfly followed and Stankavicz quickly added his second first place finish with a victory in that race (48.62).
Another Buckeye nabbed his second first place finish of the afternoon in the 100 breaststroke; Stankavicz’s relay-mate Eaton won that race with a time of 54.64. The underclassmen for Ohio State kept the hits coming, with Pinchot placing first in the 100 backstroke with an NCAA B time of 48.33, beating out Brad Shannon (48.99). In the 400 IM Andrew Lindstrom picked up his first event win of the year with his time of 3:53.31, with freshman J. Reed McGraw coming in second place (3:55.39).
The 100 freestyle and its three heats followed, with 12 Buckeyes getting the chance to compete. Out of that group, Dunn and his time of 45.02 led all comers, with Charlie Fry (45.09) close behind. All of the above swimmers were among the Buckeyes to post personal-best times in their respective events.
Tomorrow, Sunday, will follow the same schedule as today with prelims beginning at 11 am and finals starting up at 4 pm.