AUSTIN, Texas – The Ohio State men’s swimming & diving team started out the first day of the 2019 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships with a Top-10 Finish in the 800 Free Relay, including a lowered school record in the 200 Free from junior Andrew Loy, on Wednesday evening at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
The group of Loy, sophomore Paul DeLakis, freshman Ruslan Gaziev and junior Matthew Abeysinghe claimed Honorable Mention All-America status with a time of 6:14.99, the second-fastest in program history.
Loy opened the relay with a 200 Free Split of 1:32.55, dropping .20 off of his personal record and school record. DeLakis took over with a split of 1:32.42, followed by Gaziev at 1:34.41. Abeysinghe anchored the group with a 1:35.61, and the foursome clocked in at 6:14.99 overall. The time was good for 10th place overall, the highest finish for the men since 2012.
Competition picks back up on Thursday with a preliminary session at 11 a.m. ET followed by finals at 7 p.m. ET. The day’s competition consists of the 200 Free Relay, 500 Free, 200 IM, 50 Free, 1-Meter and 400 Medley Relay.