AUSTIN, Texas – The Ohio State men’s swimming & diving team closed out the 2019 NCAA Championships with a statement finish on Saturday night at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, as the squad jumped nine spots in the team standings in one day of competition, soaring from 18th to ninth with 124 points. The finish marks the second-highest of Big Ten teams behind third-place Indiana, and is Ohio State’s best since 2010, when the team also took ninth.
What an incredible week for this group! ⚡
— Ohio State Swim/Dive (@OhioStSwimDive) March 31, 2019
Sophomore Paul DeLakis reprised his fifth-place finish in the 200 Free on Friday night with a sixth-place finish in the 200 Breast, lowering his school record to 1:52.05. Junior Noah Lense earned his highest career finish in the 200 Fly, winning the B Final with a time of 1:40.79. The 400 Free Relay took seventh overall, improving on their No. 8 seed. Three Buckeye divers appeared in the Platform finals led by sophomore Joseph Canova who took seventh to cap off an impressive weekend for the team.
• DeLakis added another A Final finish to cap off his individual swims for the weekend, taking sixth in the nation with a program record of 1:52.05. The sophomore lowered his own school record, set at the Big Ten Championships, in the preliminary with a time of 1:52.56.
• Freshman Jason Mathews posted a time of 1:54.94 for 30th overall.
• Junior Noah Lense won the B Final, touching the wall first with a time of 1:40.79. The ninth-place overall finish is the highest in Lense’s career at the NCAA Championships.
400 Free Relay
• Seeded eighth, the quartet of Andrew Loy, DeLakis, Matthew Abeysinghe and Ruslan Gaziev took seventh overall with a time of 3:50.28.
• Loy swam a personal-record split of 42.18, taking sole possession of the No. 2 time in program history. DeLakis followed with a split of 42.70, Abeysinghe swam a split of 43.00 and Gaziev anchored at 42.40.
• Three Buckeyes made the finals in the platform competition.
• Sophomore Joseph Canova represented the Buckeyes in the final round, taking seventh with a score of 368.95.
• Senior Aaron Daniels-Freeman took second in the consolation final with a score of 346.20. Freshman Jacob Fielding was sixth, posting a score of 309.25.
• Senior Christo Law finished with a score of 307.50, followed by Jacob Siler with a total of 279.45.
This event concludes the swimming & diving season.