BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team started off the 2020 Big Ten Championships with a silver medal in the 800 freestyle relay and an overall team third-place finish after day one of competition at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center in Bloomington, Indiana.
To start the night, the 200 Medley Relay team of RJ Kondalski (So.), Hudson McDaniel (So.), Noah Lense (Sr.), and Sem Andreis (So.) placed fourth with a time of 1:24.54, just .39 seconds off the pace of a school record and 1.47 behind the first-place finishers from Indiana. Kondalski was first in the water and swam a 21.83 backstroke split. He was followed by McDaniel who swam a 23.03 in the breaststroke for the fastest split of any competitors and the fastest 50 breaststroke split in school history. Lense was next with the butterfly and Andreis finished the relay with the fastest freestyle split of the field at 18.48. The relay team picked up 52 team points for the fourth place finish and an NCAA B qualifying cut.
Next up, the 800 Freestyle Relay squad of Andrew Loy (Sr.), Paul DeLakis (Jr.), Matt Abeysinghe (Sr.), and Jonah Cooper (Fr.) claimed the silver medal and the title of Big Ten runner-ups with a time of 6:15.36. Ohio State held the lead through the first half of the event as Loy’s split of 1:32.37 led the pack early and DeLakis swam the best split of the entire race with a time of 1:31.44. Michigan took the lead going into the final 200 but Cooper held onto the second place spot with a split of 1:35.64, beating Indiana by 0.17 seconds. With the finish, the relay team picked up an NCAA A qualifying cut.
With a fourth place finish and a second place finish, Ohio State finishes day one of competition in third place with 108 points, just 10 points behind Indiana and 12 behind the first place Michigan Wolverines.
Top Team Scores
200 Medley Relay
800 Freestyle Relay
Competition resumes tomorrow with a preliminary session beginning at 11 a.m. at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center in Bloomington, Indiana.