March 26, 2021

Buckeyes Pass Seven; Move into 9th at NCAA Championships


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Friday is always moving day at the NCAA swimming and diving championships and tonight it was best to just stay out of the way of the Ohio State Buckeyes to avoid the risk of getting passed and splashed. The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team didn’t even have its best day, but it did have a really good day in the water and off the diving board, scoring 80 points and passing seven teams to move into ninth place overall with one more day to go at the Greensboro (N.C.) Aquatic Center.

The Buckeyes started the day with 28 points and ended with 108 heading into Saturday when they’ll have nine swimmers and divers competing along with the 400 freestyle relay.

Day 3 Team Standings – Top 10

  1. Texas – 414
  2. Cal – 372
  3. Florida – 282
  4. Georgia – 198
  5. Indiana – 158
  6. Louisville – 150
  7. Texas A&M – 127
  8. North Carolina State – 120
  9. OHIO STATE – 108
  10. Virginia – 102

The Buckeyes were building momentum and percolating nicely through a 50-point Friday evening heading into the last event: the 200 medley relay. Then, things got wild in a really good way.

Ohio State’s 200 medley relay team – an all-Ohio relay team – of sophomore Hunter Armstrong (Dover), junior Hudson McDaniel (Ashland), freshman Justin Fleagle (St. Mary’s) and junior Sem Andreis (New Philadelphia by way of Bologna, Italy) swam a terrific race, beating Texas and two other teams to win heat five and place fourth overall in a school-record time of 1:22.49 … less than four-tenths from Louisville’s national championship winning time of 1:22.11. All four swimmers picked up first-team All-America honors to give Ohio State a total of 18 honors this championships spread among 10 swimmers and divers.

A couple of savvy seniors with loads of NCAA experience led the way early: Paul DeLakis made the most of his 16th individual event NCAA swim – the championship heat of the 200 freestyle – by taking fifth in 1:32.97 to score 14 team points.

And diver Jacob Siler, who was competing in his sixth NCAA diving competition, made the championship final on the 3-meter springboard and finished seventh with 385.60 points to bring home an additional 12 points for the Buckeyes. Both DeLakis and Siler earned All-America status.

Five additional Buckeyes combined to score 24 points in consolation finals of individual events. Those honorable mention All-Americans and point scorers were:

  • 100 breaststrokers McDaniel and Jason Mathews who, shortly after DeLakis’ huge swim, finished 10th and 11th, respectively, to combine for 13 more points toward the Ohio State team total. McDaniel went 51.55 and Mathews, the school record-holder at 51.30, swam a 51.63 time;
  • Armstrong finished 13th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 45.48; and
  • Divers Lyle Yost and Joey Canova placed 13th with 389.20 points and 14th with 379.40 points, respectively, to garner seven points for the team.

Another Buckeye – Colin McDermott – just missed scoring in the 100 backstroke, finishing 20th in 46.30.

If Friday is moving day, then Saturday must be enjoy the ride day. There’s still some work to be done, buts Ohio State is in a position to do just that.

Saturday, March 27

10 a.m. Trials Live Video

6 p.m. finals Live Video

  • 1,650-yard Freestyle (Charles Clark)
  • 200-yard Backstroke (Colin McDermott)
  • 100-yard Freestyle (Sem Andreis, Hunter Armstrong)
  • 200-yard Breaststroke (Paul DeLakis, Jason Mathews)
  • 200-yard Butterfly
  • Platform Diving (Jacob Fielding, Jacob Siler, Lyle Yost)
  • 400-yard Freestyle Relay

2021 All-Americans

Sem Andreis – 200 Medley Relay

Hunter Armstrong – *800 Free Relay, *100 Back, 200 Medley Relay

Joey Canova – *1-Meter, *3-Meter

Paul Delakis – *800 Free Relay; *200 IM, 200 Free

Jason Mathews – *100 Breast

Hudson McDaniel – *100 Breast, 200 Medley Relay

Shaw Satterfield – *800 Free Relay, 200 Medley Relay

Jacob Siler – 3-Meter

Thomas Watkins – *800 Free Relay

Lyle Yost – 1-Meter, *3-Meter

*Honorable mention All-America