COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State swimming and diving program opened day one of the Ohio State Winter Invitational with six podium finishes in the afternoon finals and four first-place finishes. Every Buckeye swimmer competed in an A final after posting top marks in morning prelims. Day two preliminary heats will begin at 11 a.m. Feb. 15.
Live results will be available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Admission is free to the meet. Fans who are unable to attend are encouraged to follow the action live on Twitter @OhioStSwimDive.
Ten Buckeye women qualified for “A” finals after day one of morning preliminary races with Lauren Kurzydlo qualifying for both the 50 and 500 yard freestyle finals. All eight Ohio State men who are competing in the winter invite qualified for their respective finals as well with Jonathan Sugar, Kyle Silver, Colin Roy and Dom Harry all competing for gold in the 50 yard freestyle final.
The No. 7 Ohio State women placed first in all three individual events in day one finals. Meredith Moellering swam to victory in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 4:48.44, improving on her morning time by nearly seven seconds. Grace Kowal placed third (4:53.62) while Lauren Kurzydlo (4:54.60) and Kendyl Ferrara (4:55.14) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Next up, Sarah Turchanik finished first in the 200 yard IM with a time of 2:01.09. Alissa Cook finished just .13 seconds behind Turchanik for second. Finally, Becca Luft took first in the 50 yard freestyle at 23.17 while Brooke Glesenkamp, Katie Wright and Kurzydlo finished second, fourth and eighth, respectively. Ohio State’s 400 medley relay “A” team placed second, just over six seconds behind Akron’s relay team.
The No. 14 Buckeye men started the evening on a high note as the 200 freestyle relay “A” team placed first with a time of 1:22.35. In the 500 freestyle, John Sampson finished on the podium in third with a time of 4:27.30. He improved on his morning time by over four seconds. Jay Johnson and Matthew Magness finished fourth and seventh, respectively. Ian Mikesell was the lone Buckeye to compete in the 200 yard IM and finished eighth. In the 50 yard freestyle, the Bucks finished 5-6-7 as Colin Roy led the pack (20.77) followed by Jonathan Sugar and Dom Harry. Kyle Silver placed ninth. Finally, the 400 medley relay team capped off the evening with a third place finish and a time of 3:19.14.
DAY 2 SCHEDULE
Saturday, February 15
7:00 a.m. – McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Open
9:00 a.m. – Warm-Ups Begin
11:00 a.m. – Day 2 Swimming Prelims
3:00 p.m. – Warm-Ups Begin
5:00 p.m. – Day 2 Swimming Finals
Day two preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m. and will include the 100 butterfly, 400 IM, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and the 100 backstroke. Finals begin at 5 p.m. and will feature all preliminary events in addition to the 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay.