COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Buckeye swim team finished the 2022 Ohio State Winter Invitational on a high note with 19 swimmers achieving season or career-best times on Sunday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Over three days of racing, the student-athletes earned their best finishes of the season with a total of nine swimmers meeting NCAA B cuts.
Men’s 1650 Free – Matthew Magness (15:26.84)
Men’s 200 Back – Brandon Day (1:45.07)
Women’s 100 Free – Mairin O’Brien (50.37)
Men’s 100 Free – Daniel Baltes (43.94)
Women’s 200 Breast – Leah Baker (2:14.85)
Men’s 200 Breast – Ian Mikesell (1:58.94)
Women’s 200 Fly – Sarah Turchanik (2:00.92)
Men’s 200 Fly – Ryan Trichler (1:47.22)
Men’s 400 Free Relay – Ohio State A (3:02.26)
The Buckeyes started off the day with seven personal-best swims. Brandon Day swam a 1:46.48 in the 200 backstroke prelims to set a personal record. In the 100 freestyle, Daniel Baltes (44.25) and Jay Johnson (44.42) earned their fastest career finishes while Ian Mikesell and Nathan Holty earned personal-best times of 1:59.16 and 1:59.68, respectively, in the 200 breaststroke. Luke Paxton (1:47.87) and Ryan Trichler (1:51.09) closed out the session in the 200 butterfly with personal bests.
Ohio State finished the first session of the day with 15 student-athletes reaching at least season-best finishes.
Mia Lachey led the way in the first race of the finals, finishing in a career-best time of 17:15.83 in the 1650 freestyle. Claire Pophal also raced the mile, finishing in a time of 17:41.24. In the men’s race, Matthew Magness earned a career-best time of 15:26.84.
Five Buckeyes raced in the 200 backstroke finals, with Brandon Day earning a win in the men’s race. He improved his personal-best time set in the prelims with a 1:45.07 finish for the Buckeyes. Tim Kalin also set a career-best in a time of 1:50.12. In his second race of the day, RJ Kondalski beat his season-best time in 1:45.64. Owen Conley (1:46.42) also bested his season best for the second time in the day. For the women, Brynna Wolfe finished in a time of 2:07.40.
Mairin O’Brien led the way for the Buckeye women in the 100 freestyle, improving on her morning swim to finish in a season-best time of 50.37. In second for Ohio State was Amanda Palutsis, who also bested her preliminary performance in a time of 50.48. Makenzie Dewitt finished in a time of 51.71 for fourth.
In the men’s 100 free finals, Daniel Baltes won in a career-best time of 43.94. Jay Johnson (44.16) and Josh Bogniard (45.34) finished two-three in personal-best times.
Finishing one-two-three in the 200 breaststroke was Ohio State’s Ian Mikesell (1:58.94), Nathan Holty (1:59.46) and Michael Cooper (2:00.60). Both Mikesell and Holty bested their person records set in the prelims while Cooper tied his season-best performance. Leah Baker won the 200 breaststroke final with a career-best time of 2:14.85 for the women.
Ohio State’s men and women took first and second in the 200 butterfly. Sarah Turchanik led the women with a 2:00.92 finish for a season-best swim. Meredith Moellering finished in 2:01.75. Ryan Trichler won the men’s race in a time of 1:47.22 to best his career record in the event. Luke Paxton raced to a 1:47.93 finish.
Ohio State men’s 400 freestyle relay closed out the day, racing a 3:02.26 in the event finals.
Conference championship season has officially arrived. The Buckeye women make the trip to Madison, Wisc. for the 2022 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships on Feb. 16-19. The men’s conference championship is set for Feb. 23-26 at Purdue.