COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 14/7 Ohio State men’s and women’s swimming and diving team finished competition in the Annual Shamrock Invitational hosted by Notre Dame Saturday afternoon. The No. 7-ranked Buckeye women finished second on the podium behind the hosts with a total of 975 team points while the men rounded out the Top 3 with a score of 828.
Top Ohio State Finishes
1,650 freestyle – 4. Lauren Kurzydlo – 16:53.46
200 backstroke – 8. Morgan Kraus – 1:59.93
100 freestyle – 3. Taylor Petrak – 50.00; 5. Amy Fulmer – 50.06
200 breaststroke – 2. Sarah Sperber – 2:14.69; 5. Josie Panitz – 2:16.68
200 butterfly – 6. Kathrin Demler – 2:00.99
400 free relay – 4. Ohio State “A” (Petrak, Rayner, Romano, Fulmer) – 3:22.21
1-meter diving – 4. Mackenzie Crawford (291.55); 5. Lexie Barker (284.55)
The No. 7-ranked Buckeye women opened the final day of competition with the 1,650 freestyle where senior Lauren Kurzydlo finished fourth and tallied 15 points for the Scarlet and Gray. Grace Kowal and Kendyl Ferrara added another 21 points with a seventh and ninth place finish, respectively. Morgan Kraus touched eighth in a strong heat of the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:59.93. In the 100 freestyle, a total of 53 team points were earned by five Buckeyes, led by a third-place finish by Taylor Petrak. Sarah Sperber added another podium finish to her weekend by touching second in the 200 breaststroke, followed by Josie Panitz at fifth and Hanna Gresser at sixth. Kathrin Demler finished off the individual events of the day with a sixth-place finish in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:00.99. The 400 relay team of Taylor Petrak, Freya Rayner, Kristen Romano and Amy Fulmer swam to a fourth-place finish and added a final 30 points to the Scarlet and Gray total.
Freshman Mackenzie Crawford finished as the top Ohio State diver once again, this time on the 1-meter springboard. She posted a fourth-place finish with 291.55 points followed by Lexie Barker in fifth.
Top Ohio State Finishes
200 backstroke – 3. Thomas Watkins – 1:44.20
100 freestyle – 2. Sem Andreis – 44.34
200 breaststroke – 4. Jason Mathews – 2:00.44; 5. Paul DeLakis – 2:00.67
200 butterfly – 11. Chachi Gustafson – 1:49.62
400 free relay – 3. Ohio State “A” (Loy, Andreis, Stapp, DeLakis) – 2:56.24
3-meter diving – 1. Jacob Siler (402.10); 2. Jacob Fielding (389.90); 3. Lyle Yost (372.10)
Freshman Thomas Watkins opened the day for the No. 14 Buckeye men with a podium finish and 16 team points in the 200 backstroke. The Ohio State men continued their strong showing on day two of competition as Sem Andreis finished second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 44.34. Jason Mathews, the breaststroke specialist for the Buckeyes came up just shy of a podium finish in the 200 breast but posted a time of 2:00.44. Paul DeLakis followed and the duo tallied 29 team points in the event with a fourth and fifth place finish, respectively. The Ohio State 400 freestyle relay team of Andrew Loy, Sem Andreis, Evan Stapp and Paul DeLakis finished the day off strong with a third-place finish, just 1.08 off the pace of Notre Dame’s top team.
The Ohio State men’s divers once again swept the podium, this time on the 3-meter springboard. Jacob Siler claimed first place with an impressive 402.10. Jacob Fielding nabbed another second-place finish at 389.90 while Lyle Yost rounded out the Top 3. The trio added 53 team points to the Buckeye team total.
The Buckeyes travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Pitt Panthers in a dual meet Friday, Jan. 31.