COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State swimming & diving team opened the season with a victory for both the men and women’s teams against Alabama on Thursday night at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeye women took down the Crimson Tide, 181-119, and the men were victorious with a tally of 156-144.
The diving crew went one-two-three on each board for both the men and women’s teams. Lara Tarvit, Genevieve Angerame and Lexie Barker led the way on the women’s side, while Jacob Siler, Jacob Fielding, Joseph Canova and Aaron Daniels-Freeman highlighted the men’s effort.
COACH DORENKOTT SOUND BITES
“Every journey begins with a step, and that’s all this was. It was the first step. It gives us a little bit of a sense of where we are. It definitely gives us some things to work on. We didn’t do a lot to prepare for the meet. We’re still doing quite a bit of long course training. Our focus has been in the weight room and on dry land. We’ve been hitting the legs pretty good, kicking-wise, and it showed today.
That being said, we have a ton of respect for the Alabama program, head coach Dennis Pursley and his staff. It’s a great team to race and it brings out the best in us, so we’re thankful for them coming up.”
“I said to the guys, let’s be clear – we won that meet because of diving. Tip of the cap to Justin (Sochor) and our diving crew, especially on the men’s side. We 1-2-3’d them on both boards, and we had a sense that might be the kind of meet it was, and it turned out to be that type of meet, so it was a complete effort and we’re fortunate to come away with a win.”
HOW IT HAPPENED – WOMEN’S TEAM
• The Ohio State women got off to a fast start with a win in the 400 Medley Relay. Rebekah Bradley, Hanna Gresser, Kathrin Demler and Freya Rayner teamed up to take the win with a time of 3:41.63.
• Demler followed that up with a big swim in the 200 Free, claiming first and clocking in at a time of 1:49.09. Mikayla Murphy followed in second, swimming a career-best time of 1:50.65.
• Bradley and Marianne Kahmann went one-two in the 100 Back, clocking in at 55.05 and 55.40, respectively.
• Gresser took a win in the 100 Breast, finishing with a time of 1:02.32.
• A dominant 200 Fly crew was led by Katie Trace, who won the race with a time of 2:01.44. Demler finished third (2:04.10), Natalia Jaspeado took fourth (2:05.07) and Nicole Fye placed fifth (2:05.23).
• Rayner continued with outstanding, first-place performances in both the 50 Free (22.97) and the 100 Free (50.65).
• Lexie Barker, Lara Tarvit and Genevieve Angerame went one-two-three on the three-meter board. Barker posted a score of 305.70 to claim the win.
• Molly Kowal pulled off the win in the 500 Free, clocking in at 4:54.49.
• Demler picked up another victory in the 200 IM, finishing with a time of 2:02.92. Gresser was the next Buckeye to finish, placing third with a time of 2:05.73.
• On the one meter board, OSU claimed the top three finishes again. This time, Lara Tarvit was the winner with a score of 241.58.
• Finishing out the evening, Taylor Petrak, Trace, Maria Coy and Rayner claimed a win in the 400 Free Relay with a time of 3:23.12.
HOW IT HAPPENED – MEN’S TEAM
• Sophomore Paul DeLakis finished second in the 200 Free, posting a time of 1:39.67.
• Henrique Painhas claimed a win in the 200 Fly, posting a time of 1:48.04. Michael Salazar was the next to finish at 1:49.76. Buckeyes went four-five-six with Noah Lense, Daniel Gloude and Alex Dillman.
• Ruslan Gaziev swam an impressive first meet as a Buckeye, winning the 50 Free with a time of 20.19. Fellow freshman Sem Andreis was the next Buckeye to finish, placing third with a time of 20.34.
• Gaziev also won the 100 Free, posting a B cut time of 43.79 in the race.
• The men’s diving squad dominated on the three-meter board, with Jacob Siler in first (413.85), Jacob Fielding in second (413.78) and Joseph Canova in third (384.75).
• Jason Mathews took the win in the 200 Breast, finishing with a time of 2:01.88 and was followed by Paul DeLakis in second with a time of 2:02.23.
• The Buckeyes went two-three-four in the 100 Fly, led by Painhas with a time of 48.53. Lense placed second, posting a time of 48.61 and Michael Salazar took third, clocking in at 48.83.
• OSU took the top three finishes on the one-meter board, led by Jacob Fielding with a score of 363.83 in his first meet as a Buckeye. Aaron Daniels-Freeman followed in second (333.30) and Jacob Siler placed third (327.60).
NOTES TO KNOW
• Bill Dorenkott is now 2-0 on both the men and women’s sides in season-openers as the Director of Swimming & Diving.
• Ohio State has swept Alabama in two consecutive meetings.
• Four wins on the men’s side came from freshmen competing in their first meet as Buckeyes – Ruslan Gaziev (50 Free, 100 Free), Jason Mathews (200 Breast) and Jacob Fielding (1-meter).
Ohio State swimming & diving hosts Texas A&M and Louisville Oct. 12-13 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.