COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team has broken into the Top 10 of SwimSwam’s official preseason rankings. The swimming outlet announced Tuesday that the Buckeyes took the No. 8 spot after previously hovering in the No. 10-15 range.
SwimSwam grades each discipline, including sprint free, distance free, IM, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly and diving on a 1-5 scale to rank the top 12 programs in the country. This season, the sprint free earned the Buckeyes highest rating with four stars due to the efforts of returners Andrew Loy and Paul DeLakis as well as incoming transfer Cameron Craig.
Four disciplines earned three stars, including breaststroke, butterfly, IM and diving. Seniors Noah Lense and Alex Dillmann are the notable potential point scorers in the butterfly while DeLakis and sophomore Jason Mathews are on the watch list for breaststroke.
Ohio State projects as the third-best team in the NCAA in “no senior” returning diving points. Junior Joseph Canova is coming off of a seventh-place finish on the platform last year while Jacob Fielding is looking to improve on his 14th-place finish. Newcomer Lyle Yost also is generating buzz for the Buckeyes as he looks to fortify the group after graduating Aaron Daniels-Freeman and Christopher Law.
The Buckeyes open competition with the Scarlet vs. Gray Intrasquad meet at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.