COLUMBUS, Ohio – Members of the Ohio State swimming & diving team continued to represent the program well at their respective events, earning event wins and making progress on personal records on Friday night.
The second day of the USA Speedo Sectionals, held at the Busbey Natatorium in Cleveland, Ohio, was a successful night for the Buckeyes with five event wins.
Rebekah Bradley started off with a win in the 50 back, finishing with a time of 29.64. Devin Landstra followed in second at a time of 29.87.
Mikayla Murphy, who won the 200 back on Thursday night, took another win in the 200 free by clocking in at 2:04.03 and shaving off a half a second from her previous best. Kerrigan Vargo was third in the event, finishing with a time of 2:04.61 which is 0.20 better than her lifetime best. On the men’s side, Ryan Vander Meulen took a silver medal with a time of 1:52.64 in the 200 free.
In the men’s 100 fly, Henrique Painhas (55.62) and Alex Dillman (55.65) finished second and third, respectively.
Natalia Jaspeado claimed gold in the 400 IM with a readout of 4.55.64, dropping 2.93 seconds off her career-best.
The quartet of Taylor Petrak, Freya Rayner, Kerrigan Vargo and Devin Landstra took first in the 400 free relay. The men’s team of Ryan Vander Meulen, Michael Lynch, Carson Burt and Mateo Chavez made a sweep in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:28.06.
Alumnae Aliena Schmidtke represented Ohio State well at the German Swimming Championships, winning the 50 fly with a time of 26.38. Schmidtke, who graduated in 2015, is the German record holder in the event. Current Buckeye Kathrin Demler finished second in the 400 IM, clocking in at 4:47.48.
At the Canadian Swimming Trials, incoming freshman Ruslan Gaziev finished ninth in the 100 fly with a time of 54.94, one place better than his original seed.
All three events continue on Saturday.