Nov. 12, 2016
Columbus, Ohio— The Buckeyes hosted the Miami (OH) RedHawks on Saturday afternoon for a dual meet and came away with a 211-84 victory. OSU is now a perfect 4-for-4 in dual meets so far this season.
On the diving boards, Colin Zeng remained undefeated on the season in individual events. He took home first place on both 1 and 3-meter with scores of 409.13 and 443.48, respectively. Second and third place were the same as well, with Stephen Romanik and Clay White filling those positions.
The Ohio State foursome of Mark Belanger, Jack Barone, Michael Salazar, and Mossimo Chavez kicked things off with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay, outpacing the field with a time of 1:30.36. Brayden Seal won the 1000 freestyle yet again, his time of 9:24.65 comfortably besting the other six swimmers. He’d win the other distance freestyle event (500 free) with his time of 4:30.91, remaining undefeated in those two events this season.
Three-quarters of the relay-winning team won the next three events for the Buckeyes. Salazar (1:40.49) narrowly edged teammate Ryan Vander Meulen (1:40.58) in the 200 freestyle; Belanger won for the second time of the day in the 100 backstroke with a time of 49.15; and Barone touched the wall first in the 100 breaststroke (56.74). In the final two events before the first break Henrique Painhas (1:50.14) and Nick Brodie (20.86) earned first place finishes for the Scarlet and Gray.
Belanger earned his third first place finish of the day with a win in the 100 freestyle (45.86). Following that up was a Buckeye battle in the 200 backstroke: Andrew Appleby edged out Brad Shannon 1:50.53 to 1:50.92 to earn the victory. Brandon Fronczak came out on top on the 200 breaststroke for the second time this weekend, his time of 2:06.58 topping the rest of the field.
The last two individual events went to a couple Buckeyes. Salazar was a winner for the third time today, dominating the field in the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.54, the only swimmer to go sub-50.00. Appleby won the final individual event, the 200 IM, with a time of 1:53.41. The senior was the only swimmer to break 2:00 in that race.
In the final event of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay, Buckeye swimmers Belanger, Justin Dunn, Chavez, and Nathan Christian came out on top to end things on a high note, winning with a time of 3:02.48.
Ohio State will return to the pool next weekend for its annual Fall Invitational. Competition begins Friday and runs all weekend, visit our 2016 Fall Invite page for more information