COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team opened the 2021 NCAA Championships by swimming to a 14th-place finish in the single event of the opening night of the championships, which are being held in Greensboro, N.C., at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
The team of senior Paul DeLakis, sophomore Hunter Armstrong, freshman Shaw Satterfield and sophomore Thomas Watkins went 6:16.63 in the 800 freestyle relay to place 14th overall. The effort earned six points toward the Buckeyes’ team total.
DeLakis was a veteran among this foursome, swimming in his 11th race at an NCAA championships while the other three were making their championships debut.
The championships kick off in earnest Thursday. Two relays – the 200 free and the 400 medley – will sandwich the 500 free, 200 individual medley and the 50 freestyle. Diving will jump into competition as well with the one-meter springboard. Ohio State has four divers competing tomorrow: seniors Joey Canova and Jacob Siler, junior Jacob Fielding and sophomore Lyle Yost.
Swimming individual events tomorrow will be DeLakis in the 200 IM with freshman Sem Andreis and sophomore Hunter Armstrong competing in the 50 freestyle.