COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13 men and No. 15 women’s Ohio State swimming & diving team finished the home dual slate on a high note, downing Pitt with a sweep on Friday night at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The men’s team took the win by a score of 193-107, while the women’s team topped the Panthers 199.5-96.5.
Friday’s meet was Senior Night, and featured a tribute to the 12 Buckeyes graduating from the team following this season. The group includes Big Ten Champions, school record holders and All-Americans that spent an impressive four years improving the Ohio State legacy.
“It’s something special to be able to say you were an elite athlete at this level,” said director of swimming & diving Bill Dorenkott. “The cost of being elite and the cost of excellence is high, so it says a lot about them as people. It says a lot about their character. I’m unbelievably proud of what they’ve done and their body of work, whether it’s academic, athletic or community service. They’ve set themselves up for success in life. The last thing I said to them and to the team when we broke it down is that they’re Buckeyes for life.”
• Women’s 200 Medley Relay – Kahmann, Gresser, Trace, Rayner, 1:38.50
• Men’s 600 Free – Nick Hogsed, 5:22.61
• Women’s 125 Free – Taylor Petrak, 1:05.14
• Men’s 125 Free – Ruslan Gaziev, 57.09
• Men’s 75 Back – Colin McDermott, 35.39
• Women’s 75 Breast – Hanna Gresser, 45.38
• Women’s 125 Fly – Kathrin Demler, 1:10.76
• Men’s 125 Fly – Michael Salazar, 1:03.01
• Women’s 25 Free – Freya Rayner, 10.59
• Women’s 75 Free – Taylor Petrak, 36.71
• Men’s 125 Back – Colin McDermott, 1:03.82
• Women’s 125 Breast – Maria Coy, 1:22.64
• Men’s 125 Breast – Jason Mathews, 1:11.41
• Women’s 300 Free – Molly Kowal, 2:53.11
• Men’s 300 Free – Nick Hodsed, 2:35.74
• Women’s 75 Fly – Rebekah Bradley, 39.58
• Men’s 75 Fly – Noah Lense, 34.87
• Women’s 175 IM – Kristen Romano, 1:42.92
• Men’s 200 Free Relay – Gaziev, Sugar, T. Chavez, M. Chavez, 1:17.75
• Women’s Platform – Lara Tarvit, 287.93
• Men’s Platform – Joseph Canova – 524.60
• Men’s 1-Meter – Jacob Fielding, 377.10
• Women’s 1-Meter – Lara Tarvit, 307.95
HOW IT HAPPENED – WOMEN’S TEAM
• The women’s 200 Medley Relay was dominant for the Buckeyes, with the ‘A’ team of Marianne Kahmann, Hanna Gresser, Katie Trace and Freya Rayner taking first with a time of 1:38.50. That time is the second-fastest for the team this season. Ohio State took the next four spots in the event.
• Georgia Mosher was the top Buckeye in the 600 Free with a time of 5:59.36, and senior Kerrigan Vargo took third with a time of 6:02.25.
• Taylor Petrak had a successful day in the freestyle sprints, winning the 125 Free (1:05.14) and the 75 Free (36.71).
• Senior Maria Coy was second in the 125 Free with a time of 1:06.54, and Georgia White completed the Ohio State sweep with a time of 1:06.84.
• Kahmann registered a second-place finish in the 75 Back (40.31), followed by Freya Rayner (41.39).
• Hanna Gresser was victorious in the 75 Breast, posting a time of 45.38. Kristen Romano finished third with a time of 46.79.
• Kathrin Demler won the 125 Fly, registering a time of 1:10.76. Natalia Jaspeado claimed third with a time of 1:14.01.
• Demler was also third in the 125 Back with atime of 1:12.51.
• Rayner was the fastest in the 25 Free, finishing a pool length in 10.59. Rebekah Bradley was second with a time of 10.80.
• Georgia White finished second in the 75 Free, finishing with a time of 37.89. Brooke Glesenkamp took third with a time of 38.00.
• Coy took a win in the 125 Breast, touching the wall at 1:22.64. Mosher was third with a time of 1:25.17.
• Molly Kowal picked up a win in the 300 Free with a time of 2:53.11, followed by Nicole Fye at 2:54.37.
• Bradley finished first in the 75 Fly, posting a time of 39.58. Gresser was second with a time of 41.34.
• Romano won the 175 IM, finishing with a time of 1:42.92.
HOW IT HAPPENED MEN’S TEAM
• The men’s 200 Medley Relay team of Colin McDermott, Jason Mathews, Michael Salazar and Ruslan Gaziev claimed second with a time of 1:27.00, a new season-best. OSU also finished in third and fourth with the ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams.
• Senior Nick Hogsed claimed a win in the 600 Free with a time of 5:22.61 and in the 300 Free, clocking in at 2:35.74.
• Ruslan Gaziev posted a win in the 125 Free with a time of 57.09.
• The Buckeyes went 1-2-3-4 in the 75 Back, with McDermott taking the win with atime of 35.39. RJ Kondalski was second with a time of 35.57, followed by senior Brad Shannon (36.39) and Evan Stapp (36.86).
• Hudson McDaniel was the top finisher in the 75 Breast, taking second with a time of 39.80. Evan McFadden followed in third, clocking in at 40.34.
• Seniors were dominant in the 125 Fly, with Michael Salazar (1:03.01) and Henrique Painhas (1:03.08) going 1-2.
• Ben Sugar placed second in the 25 Free with a time of 9.32, followed by Kalvin Koethke at 9.36.
• Gaziev was the top Buckeye in the 75 Free, finishing second with a time of 32.02. Matthew Abeysinghe placed third with a time of 32.48.
• The backstroke squad took the top five spots in the 125 Back, led by McDermott (1:03.82). Painhas (1:04.28), Shannon (1:04.39), Kondalski (1:04.40) and Stapp (1:04.84) went 2-3-4-5, respectively.
• Mathews claimed a win in the 125 Breast, earning a time of 1:11.41.
• Noah Lense took first in the 75 Fly (34.87) and Salazar was second (34.95).
• Daniel Gloude was third in the 175 IM, posting a time of 1:33.07.
• Closing the meet in a way that Buckeye relays consistently do, the men’s 200 Free Relay team of Gaziev, Sugar, T. Chavez and M. Chavez registered an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:17.75, the fastest of the season.
• Ohio State diving was dominant, sweeping all four events. Lara Tarvit won both the 1-Meter (307.95) and Platform (287.93).
• Genevieve Angerame was the next-best Buckeye on the Platform, scoring 269.33, followed by Lexie Barker in fourth with a total of 258.00.
• Angerame and Barker went 2-3 on the 1-Meter board as well, scoring 306.08 and 294.83, respectively.
• Jacob Fielding finished first on the 1-Meter board (377.10) while Joseph Canova picked up the win on the platform (524.60).
• The Buckeyes swept in the men’s platform competition, with senior Christo Law in second (373.35) and senior Aaron Daniels-Freeman in third (347.10).
• After Fielding, Law (359.10) and Canova (358.80) were second and third on the 1-Meter board.
THANK YOU SENIORS
• Ohio State honored 12 seniors in the final regular season dual meet of the year.
• Maria Coy, Mikayla Murphy and Kerrigan Vargo were honored on the women’s side.
• Mossimo Chavez, Aaron Daniels-Freeman, Nick Hogsed, Christo Law, Austin Mortimer, Henrique Painhas, Reed McGraw, Michael Salazar and Brad Shannon are the seniors on the men’s team.
QUOTING COACH DORENKOTT
“We’re a little crunchy to get started,” Dorenkott said of the upcoming championship season. “It’s a tune-up, so we wanted to clean some things up. We want to get sharp. I didn’t think we started off the way we could have. The good news is, we improved as the meet went on. To go the places we want to go, whether it’s in the league or in the NCAA, we have to be at our best. It’s not a kind of, sort of maybe thing. You have to bring it, and sometimes that’s a grind. Part of our growth as a program is people not just understanding it, but embracing that grind. The grind isn’t just practice, the grind is getting ready physically, mentally and emotionally when the lights go on. I thought we finished on a good note, but we’ve got to get better.”
Ohio State hosts the Winter Invitational at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 16-17.