February 24, 2018

Lense Sets School Record to Finish Off B1G Championship


Feb. 24, 2018

Minneapolis, Minn. – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team finished of the 2018 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championship with a third-place finish (1300.5 points) on Saturday night at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center. Over the last decade, the Buckeyes have finished in the top three of the B1G meet every year. Noah Lense had the best finish of the final day of competition earning silver in the 200 butterfly with a school record.

Final Results

Lense was part of a large Buckeye contingent in the 200 butterfly A final being joined by Henrique Painhas and Michael Salazar. Lense went out quick and was in second place at the halfway mark of the race with a time of 47.81, and he followed that up with a second half of the race of 53.02 to set the school record with a personal-best time of 1:40.83 for silver. Painhas took fourth with a readout of 1:43.07 and Salazar (1:45.58) placed eighth. Painhas’ time of 1:42.75 in the prelims was the second fastest in school history. For his efforts, Lense was named to the Second Team All-Big Ten. Ching Hwang Lim won his C final heat with a time of 1:44.92 to finish in 17th place.

SCHOOL RECORD for Noah Lense in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:40.83! Painhas takes fourth (1:43.07) and Salazar finishes 8th (1:45.58)! pic.twitter.com/Q4MoZUZTyA

— Ohio State Swim/Dive (@OhioSt_SwimDive) February 25, 2018

The men’s 400 freestyle relay closed out the meet in fine fashion garnering silver with the third-best readout in school history, a 2:50.12 that earned a second-place finish. Paul DeLakis started the relay off with a split of 43.04 and was followed by Matt Abeysinghe (42.02) and Andrew Loy (42.22) before Mossimo Chavez closed it out with a 42.84. All four of the relay members were also named to the Second Team All-Big Ten.

DeLakis, Abeysinghe, Loy and Chavez combine to go 2:50.12 in the 400 freestyle relay for silver! It's the third-fastest time in program history! pic.twitter.com/w0QUgHPGpJ

— Ohio State Swim/Dive (@OhioSt_SwimDive) February 25, 2018

In platform diving, the Buckeyes received points from six divers. Christo Law had the highest finish of the event for a Buckeye with 453.05 points to place fourth. Clay White was the other Scarlet and Gray A finalist and he placed sixth with 430.85 points. Stephen Romanik (418.95/11th place), Jacob Siler (404.35/13th place), Joey Canova (390.30/14th place) and Aaron Daniels-Freeman (342.80/15th place) were the other scorers in diving.

.@_cj_law_ (453.05) and Clay White (430.85) finish fourth and sixth respectively in the platform diving competition! pic.twitter.com/ysm7Al0jRb

— Ohio State Swim/Dive (@OhioSt_SwimDive) February 25, 2018

Matt Abeysinghe clocked the fourth-fastest 100 freestyle readout in school history in the A final with a personal-best time of 42.58 to earn a fifth-place finish. Andrew Loy won the B final with the sixth-fastest time in program history, a 42.96. Mossimo Chavez (43.86) and Kevin Musterait (43.99) finished 19th and 20th respectively in the event.

DeLakis won his B final in the 200 breaststroke with the No. 4 time in school history (1:55.06/personal best). Fellow freshman Connor Isings was the third fastest in the B final of the 200 breaststroke earning a 11th-place finish with a time of 1:56.78; his prelim swim of 1:55.90 is the sixth fastest in program history. Andrew Lindstrom (1:57.06) and Jack Barone (1:58.64) rounded out the loaded Buckeye heat with 14th and 15th place finishes in the event.

Paul DeLakis (1:55.06) and Connor Isings (1:56.78) take two of the top three times of the B final in the 200 breaststroke. DeLakis' time of 1:55.06 is the No. 4 time in program history. pic.twitter.com/NG3NihEkUN

— Ohio State Swim/Dive (@OhioSt_SwimDive) February 25, 2018

In the 200 backstroke, Thomas Trace won his B final with a time of 1:42.54, and Brad Shannon placed 24th with a time of 1:46.69.

Here is the final stretch of Thomas Trace's win in the B final of the 200 backstroke! He clocked a time of 1:42.54! pic.twitter.com/XP4pKxF4l9

— Ohio State Swim/Dive (@OhioSt_SwimDive) February 25, 2018

Indiana won the team title with 1658 points.