Nov. 18, 2016


Columbus, Ohio— Friday was day one of the 2016 OSU Invite and after the day’s events Ohio State finds itself in first place by a comfortable margin.

The Buckeyes started and ended the night session the same way: winning a relay event. The evening kicked off with the 200 freestyle relay which was won by OSU’s foursome of Josh Fleagle, Mossimo Chavez, Andrew Appleby, and Matt McHugh (1:18.84), and it ended when McHugh, Michael Eaton, Michael Salazar, and Fleagle outpaced the field in the 400 medley relay (3:10.06). Ohio State actually took second place in that event as well; Mark Belanger, Jack Barone, Noah Lense, and Chavez (3:12.80) narrowly edged out Penn State’s top relay team to finish behind their fellow Buckeyes.

Individually, Ohio State had eight swimmers advance to the evening session in the 500 freestyle, including four in the A finals: Brayden Seal, Joey Long, Ryan Vander Meulen, and Austin Mortimer. They would all turn in good performances in their second swims of the day, with Long leading the way at 4:23.83, then Seal at 4:24.31, followed by the freshman Vander Meulen at 4:26.49 and Mortimer at 4:29.04.

The 200 IM was even better, with 10 total Buckeyes earning spots in the finals session. Again, four advanced to the A finals for Ohio State: Ching Lim, Appleby, Andrew Loy, and Daniel Gloude. Every swimmer in the final heat swam within a second of their prelim time, except for Lim. The junior shaved off over two seconds off his time in the morning, ending up at 1:46.41 and winning the event. Appleby (1:48.18), Loy (1:48.45), and Gloude (1:49.56) all swam fast times as well in the top 200 IM heat this evening.

For the final individual event- 50 freestyle- of the day, once again, Ohio State placed four swimmers in the A finals, including three of 200 free relay winners from earlier: Chavez, Fleagle, and McHugh were joined by Thomas Trace in the fastest heat for the 50 free. Chavez placed second and was one of two swimmers to break 20 seconds (19.95).  McHugh was right behind him at 20.03, while Fleagle (20.19) and Trace (20.52) also put up good marks. Overall Ohio State put 14 swimmers into finals heats in this event, the best total of the night for them.

On 1-meter, Colin Zeng remained undefeated on the season with a score of 381.25 in the finals; he posted an even higher mark during prelims (424.30), the only diver to score at least 400. Clay White also advanced to the final eight, earning a score of 286.95 during the evening session.

Day two of the invitational will begin at 10 a.m. with prelims and continue at 5 p.m. with finals. For all the information you need regarding this weekend, please visit out OSU Invite homepage.

Team scores after day one:
1. Ohio State 312

2. Kentucky 194
3. Utah 178
4. Iowa 134
5. Penn State 116
6. Pittsburgh 105
7. Kenyon 34