COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State swimming & diving team competed in the annual Scarlet and Gray meet on Friday afternoon at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The intrasquad event came down to the last race, when Gray defeated Scarlet, 274-257.
Gray started the meet by dominating the competition, winning both the men and women’s 200 Medley Relay. The squad continued rolling with Nick Hogsed winning the 600 Free, Georgia White taking the win in the 150 Free and Matthew Abeysinghe finishing in first in the men’s 150 Free. Marianne Kahmann and Ben Sugar both won the 50 Back, continuing the team’s win streak.
Hanna Gresser swayed the momentum for the Scarlet, winning the 50 Breast, and Jason Mathews followed her lead. Kathrin Demler and Henrique Painhas claimed wins in the 150 Fly for the Scarlet team, racking up points.
The Gray team stormed back in the Freestyle sprints with Freya Rayner, Maria Coy and Ruslan Gaziev on the roster.
The Scarlet team was not giving up without a fight. Demler won her second race of the evening with the 150 Back, as did Painhas on the men’s side. Gresser took her second win in the 150 Breast, while Stefano Batista claimed victory for the men’s 150 Breast. Molly Kowal, already the 600 Free winner early on in the race, continued with a win in the 300 Free.
Gray went on to win three straight events, and the Scarlet and Gray split wins in the 100 IM, leaving it a tight race going into the 200 Free Relay. The Gray women’s squad of Rayner, Coy, Amanda Palutsis and Katie Trace came in first. In a thrilling final race for the swimmers, the Scarlet men’s team of Sem Andreis, Andrew Loy, Michael Lynch and Josef Pohlmann upset the Gray team of Abeysinghe, Mossimo Chavez, Gaziev and Paul DeLakis.
With the win on the line for both teams, the divers came in for a mixed 6×25 Free Relay. While the Scarlet squad came in first, a shocking turn of events disqualified the team for an early takeoff, leaving the Gray team with the win, 274-257.
Ohio State returns to regular competition next weekend, hosting Texas A&M and Louisville on Oct 12-13 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.