March 26, 2019

Buckeyes Ready for Men’s NCAA Championships

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming & diving team takes a turn at the 2019 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, hosted by the University of Texas at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. The nation’s elite swimmers and divers will compete on Wednesday-Friday, March 27-30.

WAYS TO FOLLOW
All preliminaries and diving consolations will be streamed on texassports.com. All final sessions will be available on ESPN3. Live swimming results are available HERE or on the Meet Mobile app. Diving results will be on DiveMeets.com.

MEET SCHEDULE
The meet will comprise of seven sessions – four final sessions and three preliminary sessions. A final session at 6 p.m. ET kicks off the meet on Wednesday, followed by 10 a.m. ET preliminaries and 6 p.m. ET finals Thursday-Saturday.

OHIO STATE REPRESENTATIVES
Sixteen Buckeyes will represent Ohio State at the NCAA Championships, including 11 swimmers and five divers.

Junior Noah Lense is the highest-seeded Buckeye in the swimming events, coming in at No. 4  in the 200 Fly with a time of 1:40.36. Lense also received an invite in the 100 Fly (No. 12, 45.45). A trio f Buckeyes qualified in a trio of events: junior Andrew Loy will compete in the 200 IM (No. 5, 1:41.36), the 200 Free (No. 10, 1:32.75) and the 100 Free (No. 22, 42.38). Senior Henrique Painhas is entered in the 100 Fly (No. 25, 45.77), the 100 Back (No. 30, 46.06) and the 200 Fly (No. 30, 1:42.33. Finally, sophomore Paul DeLakis is No. 9 in the 200 IM (1:42.67), No. 14 in the 200 Free (1:33.15) and No. 19 in the 200 Breast (1:53.57)

Freshman Ruslan Gaziev is No. 27 in the 50 Free (19.34) and No. 28 in the 100 Free (42.51). Senior Michael Salazar is making his first individual appearance in the 100 Fly (No. 21, 45.63) and freshman Jason Mathews rounds out the Buckeye swimmers in the 200 Breast (No. 23, 1:53.70).

Ohio State will also make appearances in all five relays, with junior Matthew Abeysinghe, sophomore Colin McDermott, sophomore Ben Sugar and senior Mossimo Chavez on the alternate roster. OSU is seeded eighth in the 200 Free Relay (1:16.36), 400 Free Relay (2:48.75) and the 800 Free Relay (6:13.44). The 200 Medley Relay is slated 13th and the 400 Medley Relay is No. 16.

After the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships, the Buckeyes qualified all five invited divers to the NCAA Championships. Senior Christo Law and sophomore Jacob Siler will compete on all three boards. Freshman Jacob Fielding and sophomore Joseph Canova are entered on both Platform and 3-Meter, and senior Aaron Daniels-Freeman will compete on 1-Meter and Platform.

LAST YEAR AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
At last year’s NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships, Ohio State placed 28th with a team score of 25 points. Top returning individual finishers are DeLakis in the 200 Free (11th) and Daniels-Freeman on platform (14th). Abeysinghe, Loy, DeLakis and Chavez finished 12th in the 400 Free Relay, and the 800 Free Relay took 15th.