Jan. 20, 2017
East Lansing, Mich.— The Buckeyes kicked off their weekend with a bang, defeating Big Ten foe Michigan State on the road at Charles McCaffree Pool 179.5-62.5
After placing second in the meet-opening 200 medley relay, Ohio State won every remaining event on the evening. Matt McHugh, Michael Eaton, Michael Salazar, and Mossimo Chavez kicked the meet off with a time of 1:31.07 in that event.
Brayden Seal had a fantastic showing in the first individual event, the 1000 freestyle; his time of 9:16.75 was almost 11 seconds faster than the next-best finisher. Josh Fleagle followed up his teammate with a first place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:38.01). McHugh then earned a share of first place in the 50 freestyle, his time of 20.78 tied with Michigan State’s Payton Woods for the fastest mark in that race. Ching Lim, who has been fantastic in IM events all year, won the 200 yard variety today with a time of 1:51.08
Ohio State swept both diving events against the Spartans. Stephen Romanik won on one-meter with a score of 368.10, and Christo Law took the top spot on three-meter with a mark of 393.20.
Three 100-yard races followed Romanik’s victory on one-meter: butterfly, freestyle, then backstroke. Salazar won the 100 fly with his time of 48.49, Fleagle placed first in the 100 free (44.91), and Mark Belanger touched the wall first in the 100 back at 49.04. The last individual swimming event was the 500 freestyle; Ohio State’s distance freestyle-extraordinaire Seal won that event with a time of 4:33.04.
The Buckeye relay team of Fleagle, McHugh, Chavez, and Andrew Appleby closed out the meet with a win in the 200 freestyle relay (1:22.39).
Ohio State remains undefeated in dual meets this season and will look to continue that trend on Saturday when it hosts Pittsburgh at 12:00 p.m.