COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State swimming and diving program hosts Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Prior to the meet, the Buckeyes will honor 17 seniors competing at their home pool for the last dual meet of the regular season. Eleven women’s and six men’s members of the Ohio State swimming and diving program graduate from the team following this season.
The senior class includes Matthew Abeysinghe (Dehiwala, Sri Lanka), Quinlan DeVal (Raleigh, N.C.), Alex Dillmann (Naperville, Ill.), Daniel Gloude (Ladera Ranch, Calif.), Noah Lense (Clearwater, Fla.), Andrew Loy (Normal, Ill.), Rebekah Bradley (Auckland, New Zealand), Kathrin Demler (Gelsenkirchen, Germany), Quinn Fike (Dublin, Ohio), Lucija Jurkovic Perisa (Sibenik, Croatia), Grace Kowal (Merchantville, N.J.), Molly Kowal (Merchantville, N.J.), Lauren Kurzydlo (Deerfield, Ill.), Devin Landstra (Cincinnati, Ohio), Becca Luft (Dillsburg, Pa.), Lara Tarvit (Melbourne, Australia), and Katie Wright (Wexford, Pa.)
As of December 11, the Ohio State men are ranked No. 16 in the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Top 25 Dual Meet Poll while the women come in at No. 18. Overall, the Buckeye men are 4-2 while the women are nearly perfect at 6-1 with a loss to Texas A&M.
Swimming and diving will both begin at 2 p.m. Diving will commence on the 1-meter springboard and will be followed by 3-meter diving. Swimming will follow the 16 event default format and will alternate women and men.
200 medley relay
400 free relay
Last Time Out
The Ohio State swimming and diving program opened 2020 in spectacular fashion, defeating the Kentucky Wildcat men and women. The women won a total of eight events in addition to two wins by Mackenzie Crawford on the 3-meter springboard and on platform. The Buckeye men took first in seven events while Lyle Yost added two wins on the 3-meter and 1-metere springboard.
Freya Rayner was a double winner on the day, touching first in the 100 freestyle and the 50 freestyle. With a time of 22.68 in the 50 free, Rayner earned a NCAA B-cut time and earned the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honor. Kathrin Demler was the second, double-winner of the day and added nine points to the women’s total. Demler finished over seven seconds ahead of her competition in the 500 freestyle and touched first in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:58.93.
The men got out to a winning start against the Wildcats, finishing first in the 200 medley relay. Jason Mathews and Cameron Craig both won two events on the day as Mathews dominated the breaststroke and Craig swam to victory in the 50 free and 100 butterfly. Freshman diver Lyle Yost was awarded the Big Ten Diver of the Week for his first-place finishes on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard.
The No. 3-ranked Michigan men are 4-1 this season in head-to-head competition with their most recent victory against No. 5 Indiana last weekend. Trailing midway through the meet, the Wolverines won four straight events and clinched the meet before the 400 freestyle relay.Seniors Tommy Cope and Miles Smachlo earned first-place finishes in the 200 breaststroke and 100 butterfly, respectively while Ricardo Vargas, Patrick Callan and Felix Aubock combined for 16 points with 1-2-3 finishes in the 500 freestyle. The men’s divers contributed greatly as junior Ross Todd was second in both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard.
The No. 5-ranked Michigan women are undefeated on the season with wins over Navy, Miami University (Ohio), Iowa and Indiana. Against Indiana, the Wolverines won 12 of 16 events. Notably, Olivia Carter won all three of her individual events (200 butterfly, 100 butterfly, 200 IM). Freshman Kaitlynn Sims cruised to victories in both distance events, winning the 500 freestyle (4:46.07) and 1,000 freestyle (9:45.52). The women also got a boost in diving as Lucy Hogan placed first on the 3-meter springboard and Nikki Canale won on the 1-meter board.