COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams defeated the Kentucky Wildcats Saturday afternoon in a head-head dual to open the New Year. The women won a total of eight events in addition to two wins by Mackenzie Crawford on the 3-meter springboard and the platform. The Buckeye men took first in seven events while Lyle Yost added two wins on the 3-meter and 1-meter springboard and Jacob Siler placed first in platform diving.
Ohio State Men 175.5, Kentucky Men 142.5
Ohio State Women 165, Kentucky Women 156
TOP FINISHES – WOMEN
1000 Freestyle – Molly Kowal – 9:53.95
100 Breaststroke – Hannah Bach – 1:02.01
200 Butterfly – Kathrin Demler – 1:58.93
50 Freestyle – Freya Rayner – 22.68
100 Freestyle – Freya Rayner – 50.30
500 Freestyle – Kathrin Demler – 4:46.49
100 Butterfly – Katie Trace – 54.47
400 Free Relay – Ohio State “A” (Taylor Petrak, Amy Fulmer, Katie Trace, Freya Rayner) – 3:19.13
Molly Kowal secured the first win of the day for the Buckeye women, touching first in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:53.95. Kowal was followed by first-place finishes by Hannah Bach in the 100 breast, Kathrin Demler in the 200 fly and Freya Rayner in the 50 free. Hannah Bach finished the 100 breast with a time of 1:02.01, just .01 seconds ahead of Hannah Gresser.
Freya Rayner became the first double winner on the day as she touched first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.30. Amy Fulmer trailed Rayner to finish second at 50.66. The Buckeyes and Wildcats kept a close margin through the second dive break as Kathrin Demler added nine points to the Scarlet and Gray total with her second win of the day. She finished the 500 free with a time of 4:46.49, over seven seconds ahead of Kentucky’s Ali Galyer. Katie Trace clinched her first win of the day in the 100 butterfly, beating out the Kentucky swimmer by .05 seconds. At the second break, the Buckeye women led the Wildcats 145-138.
Kathrin Demler was 0.02 seconds away from her third, first-place finish of the day as she clocked a time of 1:58.08 in the 200 IM while Kentucky’s Asia Seidt finished at 1:58.06. The Scarlet and Gray finished strong with a win in the 400 free relay as the team of Taylor Petrak, Amy Fulmer, Katie Trace and Freya Rayner clocked a time of 3:19.13. The Buckeye women clinched the win by an overall score of 163-156.
TOP FINISHES – MEN
200 Medley Relay – Ohio State “A” (McDermott, Mathews, Craig, Andreis) – 1:28.28
100 Breaststroke – Jason Mathews – 54.68
50 Freestyle – Cameron Craig – 20.07
200 Backstroke – Thomas Watkins – 1:45.52
200 Breaststroke – Jason Mathews – 1:58.48
100 Butterfly – Cameron Craig – 48.39
400 Free Relay – Ohio State “A” (Andrew Loy, Cameron Craig, Matthew Abeysinghe, Paul DeLakis) – 2:55.55
The men got out to a winning start, finishing just 0.70 seconds ahead of the Kentucky 200 medley relay team. Jason Mathews picked up the next Buckeye win in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 54.68 while Cameron Craig touched first in the 50 free to put the Scarlet and Gray behind the Kentucky men by a margin of eight at the first break.
Jason Mathews and Cameron Craig both won their second races of the day as Mathews touched first in the 200 breaststroke (1:58.48) and Craig finished ahead of Kentucky’s Mason Wilby in the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.39. Thomas Watkins placed first in the 200 backstroke to give the Buckeye men a 158.5-123.5 advantage at the second break.
Both Buckeye 400 free relay teams closed out the meet with the win as Andrew Loy, Cameron Craig, Matthew Abeysinghe and Paul DeLakis touched ahead of Kentucky’s relay team by 2.12 seconds. Both teams were shoulder to shoulder going into the last stretch but DeLakis pulled ahead to clinch the win and put the Buckeye men on top of the Wildcats, 175.5-142.5.
3-Meter – The Buckeyes topped the podium on the 3-meter springboard as freshman Lyle Yost finished first among the men with a score of 386.25 and freshman Mackenzie Crawford placed first among the women with 290.03 total points. Juniors Genevieve Angerame and Lexie Barker finished fifth and sixth with scores of 257.78 and 220.95, respectively while Jacob Fielding (366.83), Jacob Siler (340.28) and Joseph Canova (313.73) finished 3-4-5, respectively.
1-Meter – Lyle Yost continued his perfect showing on the springboard, this time finishing with a score of 351.90 on the 1-meter. Jacob Fielding took second with 322.43 points while Joseph Canova (300.45) and Jacob Siler (269.55) rounded out the Top 5, finishing fourth and fifth respectively. Mackenzie Crawford took second on the 1-meter but first among the Buckeye women with a score of 275.10, just 3.68 points behind the Kentucky diver. Jacqueline Brenn placed fourth with a score of 269.25.
Platform – Mackenzie Crawford finished ahead of the field on the platform with a score of 282.60, earning the Buckeye women nine points. She was followed by Leah Baker in third (254.03) and Genevieve Angerame in fourth (227.48). The men swept the podium on the platform with Jacob Siler taking gold with a total of 329.70 points while Jacob Fielding (327.23) and Joseph Canova (327.00) finished second and third, respectively. The men’s collective 16 points put the Buckeyes ahead of the Wildcats after the first break.