Oct. 26, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State swimming and diving program will compete at its first meet as a combined program on Friday (Oct. 27) at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion to open up its 2017-18 season. The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Kenyon College with the meet starting at 6 p.m. ET.
Admission is free to the meet and fans can park in the Neil Avenue Garage right next to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion for $5 beginning at 5 p.m. ET. Fans who are unable to attend are encouraged to follow the action live on Twitter @OhioSt_SwimDive.
Both of the Ohio State men’s and women’s swimming teams were ranked in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) preseason polls with the men coming in at No. 14 and the women in the No. 17 spot. A second poll has been released (Oct. 25) and the men dropped three spots to No. 17, and the women are now receiving votes.
Meet Schedule – 16 Event Format
200 Medley Relay
Break (20 minutes)
Break (10 minutes)
200 Individual Medley
400 Freestyle Relay
Diving is scheduled to begin at 6:05 p.m. The divers will compete on the three meter first and then progress to the one meter board.
Men’s Season Primer
The Buckeyes return seven athletes that competed at the NCAA Championships a year ago. Of those seven, Jack Barone, Noah Lense, Christo Law (x2), and Mossimo Chavez all earned Honorable Mention All-America honors.
A plethora of returnees earned points at the Big Ten Championships. Chavez and Thomas Trace were the only First Team All-Big Ten honorees of the 2016-17 season as they swam two legs of the 200 freestyle relay on their way to gold with a time of 1:16.61; the title for the 200 freestyle relay was Ohio State’s third in program history in that event.
Barone, Lense and Andrew Loy garnered Second Team All-Big Ten accolades with a second-place showings at the conference meet. In the finals of the 200 butterfly at the Big Ten meet, Lense set the school record as a freshman with a readout of 1:41.44 to place second in his event. Loy was the anchor leg of the 400 freestyle relay that set a school record with a time of 2:49.23 to claim silver, and Barone swam the breaststroke portion of the 400 medley relay that clocked a time of 3:04.13 to finish in second place and set a school record.
Top Returners – Men
50 Freestyle – Mossimo Chavez – 19.45
100 Backstroke – Thomas Trace – 46.53
100 Breaststroke – Jack Barone – 52.26
100 Freestyle – Mossimo Chavez – 43.26
100 Butterfly – Noah Lense – 45.71
200 Freestyle – Andrew Loy – 1:34.59
200 Butterfly – Noah Lense – 1:41.44
200 Breaststroke – Jack Barone – 1:54.61
200 Backstroke – Thomas Trace – 1:41.92
200 Individual Medley – Andrew Loy – 1:44.71
500 Freestyle – Brayden Seal – 4:15.11
1000 Freestyle – Brayden Seal – 9:02.97
Women’s Season Primer
Seven athletes that competed at the 2017 NCAA Championships donning the Scarlet and Gray will be back in action this season including Honorable Mention All-Americans Maria Coy and Macie McNichols. The twosome swam as members of the 200 freestyle relay and placed 14th at the NCAA Championships with a readout of 1:28.96 to earn the honor.
Both Coy and McNichols swam with Cheyenne Meek at the 2017 Big Ten Championships in the same event and clocked a school record time of 1:27.99 to garner silver and earn Second Team All-Big Ten honors.
Meg Bailey, who swam at five different events at the 2017 NCAA Championships returns for her senior season. Bailey had several impressive showings at last year’s Big Ten meet: 200 individual medley (third place/1:57.75), 200 butterfly (fourth place/1:56.73) and 400 individual medley (fourth place/4:08.35).
Kathrin Demler gained some valuable experience as a freshman during her first year on campus. She swam in four events at the NCAA national meet in March: 500 freestyle, 400 individual medley, 800 freestyle relay and 200 backstroke. The German recorded top-10 finishes in the 500 freestyle (10th place) and 400 individual medley (fifth place) at the Big Ten Championships.
Top Returners – Women
50 Freestyle – Macie McNichols – 22.43
100 Backstroke – Marianne Kahmann – 54.11
100 Breaststroke – Molly Washko – 1:02.10
100 Freestyle – Macie McNichols – 49.34
100 Butterfly – Meg Bailey – 53.99
200 Freestyle – Meg Bailey – 1:48.68
200 Butterfly – Meg Bailey – 1:55.83
200 Breaststroke – Katie Antal – 2:16.72
200 Backstroke – Zulal Zeren – 1:55.09
200 Individual Medley – Meg Bailey – 1:57.20
500 Freestyle – Molly Kowal – 4:41.89
1000 Freestyle – Molly Kowal – 9:44.89
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, free pink pom poms and yowies will be given out to fans. Pink t-shirts will be on sale at the meet as well with a portion of the proceeds going to the James Cancer Hospital.
Hall of Fame
Earlier this month, Chelsea Davis and Nancy Pearson entered the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame. A 2008 national champion, Davis had a phenomenal career as a Buckeye. She won the 2008 national title on the three-meter to claim the fourth diving title by a woman in school history.
A 1982 All-American, Pearson was a two-time Big Ten champion as a member of the 800 freestyle relay. With the help of her guidance and leadership, Ohio State strung off five consecutive Big Ten titles starting in 1982. Pearson was awarded with the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1983 and was a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.