November 18, 2019

Ohio State Women Advance 10 Spots in CSCAA Dual Meet Poll; Men Rank No. 16.



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COLUMBUS, OhioThe College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) released the newest Top 25 Dual Meet Poll Nov. 13, ranking the Ohio State women No. 14 while the men place No. 16.

The Buckeye women jumped 10 spots in the poll, from No. 24 to No. 14, since the last rankings were released Oct. 23. The women were also ranked No. 24 in the 2019-20 Preseason Poll, making the No. 14 ranking the women’s highest of the season.

The Ohio State women have started the year with a 5-1 record, defeating Virginia Tech, Akron, Kenyon, Denison and Big Ten opponent, Penn State. Notably this season, senior Molly Kowal has notched four first-place finishes including three in the 1,000 freestyle and one in the 500 freestyle. Also with four individual first-place finishes is junior Hanna Gresser, who placed first in the 100 breaststroke in the last three meets and first in the 200 IM against Denison. Freya Rayner led the way against Kenyon and Akron with four wins, including the 400 medley relay, 200 free relay, 100 free and 50 free. In diving, junior Genevieve Angerame has three first-place finishes including one on the 1-meter springboard and two on the 3-meter springboard, while freshman Mackenzie Crawford has a win on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard.

The Buckeye men hold strong in the Top 25 as the dual meet poll ranks the Scarlet and Gray at No. 16 with 121 total points. This season the men are 3-2 with victories over Kenyon, Denison and Big Ten opponent, Penn State.

Notably for the Buckeye men, Carson Burt has placed first in three of the four 1000 freestyle races he has competed in this season. Paul DeLakis has placed first in four events from three difference disciplines, including the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. Also with four individual first-place finishes is Jason Mathews, who has two wins apiece in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Transfer Cameron Craig leads the way with five individual first-place finishes from four disciplines, including two wins in the 50 freestyle and three top finishes in the 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly and 100 IM. In diving, Joey Canova, Jacob Siler and Lyle Yost all have two first-place finishes while Canova notched both on the 1-meter springboard and Siler and Yost have one on each the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards.

The Buckeyes are set to host the three-day Ohio State Invitational from Thursday, Nov. 21-Saturday, Nov. 23. Teams in attendance will include Kentucky, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Yale, UCLA, Ohio University, and the University of Buffalo.