March 29, 2019

DeLakis Claims 200 Free Program Record with Fifth-Place Finish at the NCAA Championships


AUSTIN, Texas – Sophomore Paul DeLakis led the way for the Buckeye swimming & diving team on Friday night at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, claiming a Top-Five finish and school record time in the 200 Free at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. DeLakis picks up First Team All-America honors for the first time in his career and was one of two underclassmen to make the A Final.

200 Free
• DeLakis took fifth in the A Final, marking the highest individual finish for a Buckeye at the event yet. His time of 1:32.01 is a new school record. In the preliminary, DeLakis took the record from teammate Andrew Loy at 1:32.32 to also take fifth and advance to the evening session.
• Loy also appeared in the evening session in the 200 Free, qualifying to the B Final with a time of 1:32.81. Loy finished seventh in the consolation final.
• Freshman Ruslan Gaziev posted a time of 1:34.92 for 35th overall.

Ohio State Buckeyes

100 Fly
• Junior Noah Lense competed in his first event of the meet, taking 26th in the preliminary with a time of 46.04.
• Senior Michael Salazar clocked in at 46.19 for 31st, and senior Henrique Painhas followed in 36th (46.25).

100 Breast
• Freshman Jason Mathews was 31st, registering a time of 53.12.

200 Medley Relay
• Sophomore Colin McDermott, sophomore Ben Sugar, senior Michael Salazar and senior Mossimo Chavez clocked in with a time of 1:25.83.

1-Meter Diving
• Freshman Jacob Fielding was the Buckeye leader in his first time out at the NCAA Championships. He took 22nd overall with a score of 330.10.
• Sophomore Jacob Siler (305.85), senior Christo Law (305.15) and Joseph Canova (246.20) also competed for Ohio State.

Competition wraps up with a preliminary session at 11 a.m. ET and a final at 7 p.m. The 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 1650 Free, 400 Free Relay and Platform finish out the meet.