January 18, 2020

It was Ohio State vs. Michigan on Senior Day

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The charged atmosphere at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Saturday afternoon was all about honor and respect as the Ohio State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams celebrated 17 student-athletes on their senior day.

The opponent was Michigan … merely the program’s biggest rival. It was Michigan on purpose and it was Michigan out of respect for an Ohio State senior class that was the last to be a part of separate men’s and women’s programs – as freshmen in 2016-17 – and that has been the foundation of the transition to one men’s and women’s program that is among the elite in the Big Ten Conference.

“We honor our seniors and we honor this sport by the way we compete,” Bill Dorenkott, director of swimming and diving, said. “That’s what we are about. That’s what being a Buckeye is about.

“It isn’t easy to combine men’s and women’s programs. But it is a credit to this group that we’ve made this transition so well.”

This senior class has been a part of Ohio State men’s and women’s teams that have each placed in the Top 3 at the last two Big Ten Conference championships with a third consecutive high finish for each expected in about a month. So, because of this senior class, the future looks great for the Buckeyes.

“We are a very good team on the cusp of being elite,” Dorenkott said. “I believe our staff and our team have a good sense of the skills necessary to reach our potential. The Buckeyes have the opportunity to put together a very special February and March.

“This was a fast dual meet. Michigan was everything we thought: well coached and well prepared. We tip our caps to them.”

The No. 3 Wolverines defeated the No. 16 Ohio State men, 190-110. The No. 5 Wolverine women’s team defeated the No. 18 Ohio State women, 165-135. The Buckeyes competed, though.

  • Sophomore Sally Tafuto took first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:49.55.
  • Junior Freya Rayner won the 50 freestyle with an NCAA “B” qualifying time of :22.55.
  • Freshman Thomas Watkins placed first in the 200 backstroke with an NCAA “B” standard time of 1:44.91.
  • Divers Joseph Canova and Jacob Fielding went one-two on the three-meter springboard, while Lyle Yost took first on one-meter.
  • Mackenzie Crawford won on women’s one-meter with Genevieve Angerame second.
  • Freshmen Josie Panitz and Hannah Bach, and junior Hanna Gresser, all reached NCAA “B” qualifying standards in the 100 breaststroke with Panitz second in 1:01.30.
  • Panitz also took second in the 200 breaststroke with her second “B” cut of the day (2:13.94).
  • Junior Paul Delakis hit an NCAA “B” qualifying standard with a time of 1:35.74 in the 200 freestyle, good for second place.
  • Sophomore Jason Matthews finished second in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events and made NCAA “B” qualifying standards in each race (:53.56 in the 100 and 1:57.68 in the 200).
  • Senior Kathrin Demler won the 200 individual medley in a “B” qualifying standard time of 1:59.43.
  • Demler and junior Katie Trace finished second and third, respectively, in the 200 butterfly with NCAA “B” qualifying times of 1:57.02 and 1:59.14.
  • And Demler was also second in the 500 freestyle in 4:44.15, giving her a total of three “B” standards during the meet.
  • Senior Noah Lense hit the “B” standard in the 200 butterfly with a second-place swim in 1:46.39.

And then: the senior class was honored with two final wins – “important wins,” said Dorenkott – to cap the meet as both the men’s and women’s 400 freestyle relay teams emerged victorious. First, the women’s team of Petrak, Fulmer, Trace and Rayner won in 3:19.82. Then the men’s fast four of Loy, Matthew Abeysinghe, Semuede Andreis and Delakis won in 2:54.83.

“I am proud of our finish as we won five of the last six events,” Dorenkott said. “The message is pretty simple in that we need to continue to get better moving forward.”

Women’s Results
No. 5 Michigan 165, No. 18 Ohio State 135
Records: Michigan 5-0; Ohio State 6-2

Top Ohio State Finishes
200 medley relay – 2. Bradley, Gresser, Trace, Rayner 1:38.82
1,000 free – 3. Molly Kowal 9:51.29; 4. Georgia Mosher 10:01.28; 5. Natalia Jaspeado 10:04.30
200 free – 1. Sally Tafuto 1:49.55; 5. Kristen Romano 1:50.62
100 back – 2. Amy Fulmer :55.00; 3. Brynna Wolfe :55.68; 4. Rebekah Bradley :55.81
100 breast – 2. Josie Panitz *1:01.30; 3. Hannah Bach *1:01.37; 4. Hanna Gressar *1:01.54
200 fly – 2. Kathrin Demler *1:57.02; 3. Katie Trace 1:59.14
50 free – 1. Freya Rayner *:22.55; 3. Taylor Petrak :22.87; 4. Amanda Palutsis :23.40
3-meter diving – 2. Mackenzie Crawford 296.60
100 free – 2. Taylor Petrak :49.56; 3. Freya Rayner :49.67; 4. Amy Fulmer :50.10
200 back – 3. Kristen Romano 2:00.13
200 breast – 2. Josie Panitz *2:13.94; 3. Hanna Gresser 2:16.54
500 free – 2. Kathrin Demler *4:44.15; 4. Molly Kowal 4:52.96; 5. Sally Tafuto 4:55.33
100 fly – 3. Katie Trace :54.33
1-meter diving – 1. Mackenzie Crawford 280.80; 2. Genevieve Angerame 279.20
200 IM – 1. Katherin Demler *1:59.43; 4. Hanna Gresser 2:04.72
400 free relay – 1. Ohio State “A” (Petrak, Fulmer, Trace, Rayner) 3:19.82
*NCAA “B” qualifying standard

Men’s Results
No. 3 Michigan 190, No. 16 Ohio State 110
Records: Michigan 5-1; Ohio State 4-3

Top Ohio State Finishes
200 medley relay – 2. Kondalski, McDaniel, Lense, Andreis 1:27.13
1,000 free – 4. Matthew Magness 9:28.68; 5. John Sampson 9:33.76
200 free – 2. Paul Delakis 1:35.74*; 4. Andrew Loy 1:37.06
100 back – 2. R.J. Kondalski :48.53; 3. Colin McDermott :48.61; 4. Thomas Watkins :48.66
100 breast – 2. Jason Mathews *:53.56; 5. Hudson McDaniel :54.84
200 fly – 2. Noah Lense *1:46.39; 5. Alex Dillmann 1:48.57
50 free – 3. Semuede Andreis :19.99; 5. Joe Pohlmann :20.67
3-meter diving – 1. Joseph Canova 400.00; 2. Jacob Fielding 385.40
100 free – 2. Matthew Abeysinghe :43.99; 4. Andrew Loy :44.25; 5. Semuede Andreis :44.69
200 back – 1. Thomas Watkins *1:44.91
200 breast – 2. Jason Mathews *1:57.68; 4. Paul Delakis 1:59.21
500 free – 1. Paul Sampson 4:39.61
100 fly – 2. Noah Lense :48.09; 5. Chachi Gustafson :49.41
1-meter diving – 1. Lyle Yost 349.25; 3. Joseph Canova 322.20; 4. Jacob Fielding 310.10
200 IM – 4. Thomas Watkins 1:52.71
400 free relay – 2. Ohio State “A” (Loy, Abeysinghe, Andreis, Delakis) 2:54.83
*NCAA “B” qualifying standard