COLUMBUS, Ohio – After three and half days of NCAA Championship competition from the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga., the Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team finished the 2022 national championship ninth overall with 165 total points.
The finish marks the Buckeyes’ third consecutive top-10 NCAA result. The program took ninth in 2019, seventh in 2021 and now ninth in 2022. The last time Ohio State finished among the 10 best teams at NCAAs for three consecutive years was from 1969-1972. During the four-year span, the Buckeyes went eighth in ’69, 10th in ’70 and ninth in ’71-72.
“There is a saying, “Once is an accident, twice is coincidence and three times is a pattern,’” Ohio State director of swimming and diving Bill Dorenkott said. “We are starting to string together successes. From the men to the women, Big Ten’s and to NCAA’s and the collegiate setting to the international arena. This does not happen without a strong culture committed to our student-athlete’s experience. I am happy for our swimmers and divers, but, more so, I am proud of them for choosing to be uncommon.
“We faced some adversity this season and this week that tested our resolve. The driving force in overcoming challenges with this team has been a sincere love for each other. It is a special group of young men. It is a brotherhood.”
Seven student-athletes garnered first team All-America honors in five events this week, including three first team All-America honors during Saturday’s final day of competition.
The Ohio State diving duo of Lyle Yost and Jake Fielding competed in the championship final of the platform dive, with Fielding finishing sixth with 364.55 points and Yost taking eighth with 336.80 points. Yost picked up his second first team All-America award of the championship while Fielding earned his third of his career on the platform.
Charlie Clark earned his second All-America finish in the 1650 freestyle in as many years, finishing eighth for Ohio State in his second trip to the national championship meet. The sophomore bested his own school record with a time of 14:35.33 on Saturday to close out the NCAA season.
Also racing the 1650 was Fabio Dalu, who recorded a career-best time of 14:49.68 to finished 13th overall and secure the honorable mention All-America honor.
The consolation finals of the 100 freestyle included Ruslan Gaziev and Hunter Armstrong. Gaziev took second in the race for 10th overall in a personal-best time of 41.56. Armstrong finished eighth in the heat, touching the wall in 42.70.
Ohio State closed out the meet with a 12th-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Hunter Armstrong, Ruslan Gaziev, James Ward and Shaw Satterfield raced a time of 2:48.93.
The Buckeyes, who entered the final day of competition tied for ninth, scored 57 on Saturday points to come away with the top-10 finish.
2022 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Results
March 23-26 | McAuley Aquatic Center
Top-10 Team Standings
Sem Andreis – 200 MR*, 200 FR
Hunter Armstrong – 200 MR*, 800 FR*, 200 FR, 100 Back, 400 MR*, 100 Free*
Fabio Dalu – 1650 Free*
Charlie Clark – 1650 Free
Jake Fielding – Platform
Ruslan Gaziev – 800 FR*, 200 FR, 200 Free*, 400 MR, 100 Free*
Hudson McDaniel – 200 MR*, 400 MR*
Alex Quach – 200 MR*, 800 FR*, 200 FR, 100 Fly*, 400 MR
Shaw Satterfield – 800 FR*
Lyle Yost – 1-meter, 3-meter*, Platform