South Bend, Ind. – Liz Li won two titles (100 backstroke and 50 freestyle), Noah Lense won the 100 butterfly, and the Ohio State men’s 800 freestyle relay of Andrew Loy, Matthew Abeysinghe, Nick Hogsed and Paul DeLakis claimed gold to close out day one of the Shamrock Invitational.
Li’s second win of the day came in her first individual 100 backstroke race since November of 2016. Li went out in 26.63 and returned to the finishing wall with a readout of 27.68 for a winning time of 54.31, .46 seconds closer than the No. 2 finisher.
Lense claimed his sixth individual title of the season with a solid swim in the 100 fly. The Clearwater, Fla., native won gold with a time of 47.52 throwing down splits of 22.12 and 25.40.
The men’s 800 freestyle relay found itself in fourth place after the first three legs from Loy (1:39.48), Abeysinghe (1:40.19) and Hogsed (1:37.27). DeLakis registered the quickest split of the race, a 1:34.80, to bring the Buckeyes back to the top. DeLakis erased a three and a half second deficit during his anchor leg for a winning time of 6:31.74. DeLakis also earned a third-place finish in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 55.39, and he was followed by teammate Jack Barone (55.53), who finished in fifth place.
Ohio State had some impressive showings in the 400 IM. Nick Hogsed claimed a first-place finish in the event with a time of 3:54.08 to edge a field of 16 swimmers. On the women's side, Kristen Romano (4:14.34) and Molly Kowal (4:20.13) swam their way to a two-three finsh.
In the women’s 100 breaststroke, Hanna Gresser paced the way for the Scarlet and Gray with a fourth-place finish clocking a time of 1:03.03. Laura Banks and Meg Bailey proceeded to finish with the exact same time of 1:03.52 to tie for fifth place. The time of 1:03.52 for Banks was a personal best.
Alexis Barker claimed the first gold of her collegiate career on the three-meter diving board with a score of 303.35.
The final day of the Shamrock Invitational will begin Saturday morning at 11 a.m. ET.
200 Medley Relay - Women
Kahmann, Gresser, Li, McNichols – 3rd place, 1:40.59
200 Medley Relay - Men
Sugar, Barone, Lense, Chavez – 3rd place, 1:28.32
100 Butterfly - Women
McNulty – 9th place, 55.63
Bradley – 13th place, 56.02
100 Butterfly - Men
Lense – 1st place, 47.52
Sugar – 8th place, 49.01
200 Freestyle - Women
Vargo – 10th place, 1:51.25
Jurkovic-Perisa – 11th place, 1:51.51
100 Freestyle - Men
Vandermeulen – 10th place, 1:40.74
Seal – 11th place, 1:40.75
100 Breaststroke - Women
Gresser – 4th place, 1:03.03
Banks/Bailey – Tie for 5th place, 1:03.52 | PR for Banks, her previous best was 1:03.85
100 Breaststroke - Men
DeLakis – 3rd place, 55.39
Barone – 5th place, 55.53
100 Backstroke – Women
Li – 1st place, 54.31
Kahmann – 9th place, 56.35
100 Backstroke - Men
Stapp – 5th place, 49.25 (PR), previous best was 50.05
Trace – 6th place, 49.50
800 Free Relay – Women
Coy, Vargo, Demler, Bailey – 5th place, 7:24.87
800 Free Relay - Men
Loy, Abeysinghe, Hogsed, DeLakis – 1st place, 6:31.74
Liz Li highlighted the first session with a first-place finish in the 50 freestyle clocking a time of 22.52. The senior came out on top in the field of 53 swimmers. It is her seventh win of 2018 since starting competition for the Buckeyes. A native of Shenyang, China, she has swept both the 50 and 100 freestyle races at her past two meets. Macie McNichols finished not too far behind Li with a readout of 22.99 for a fourth-place finish.
Meg Bailey swam the 500 freestyle for the first time this season and earned a third-place showing with a personal-best time of 4:50.21, a more than six second improvement from her prior personal best (4:56.50). Nick Hogsed (4:25.21) and Brayden Seal (4:30.81) swam their way to a three-four finish in the 500 freestyle on the men’s side.
Paul DeLakis clocked a time of 1:49.41 in the 200 individual medley relay for a second-place finish in a field of 47 athletes. Ohio State's women's 200 freestyle relay of Freya Rayner, Li, McNichols and Maria Coy began the meet with a silver finish with a time of 1:30.59.
200 Free Relay - Women
Rayner, Li, McNichols, Coy – 2nd place, 1:30.59
200 Free Relay – Men
Loy, Christian, Trace, Chavez – 6th place, 1:29.69
500 Freestyle - Women
Bailey – 3rd place, 4:50.21 (PR), previous best was 4:56.50
Kurzydlo – 12th place, 4:57.59 (PR), previous best was 5:02.25
500 Freestyle - Men
Hogsed – 3rd place, 4:25.21
Seal – 4th place, 4:30.81
200 IM – Women
Demler – 8th place, 2:04.05
Gresser – 9th place, 2:04.06
200 IM – Men
DeLakis – 2nd place, 1:49.41
Gloude – 5th place, 1:51.15
50 Free – Women
Li – 1st place, 22.52
McNichols – 4th place, 22.99
50 Free – Men
Koethke – 7th place, 20.50
Musterait – 9th place, 20.67
400 Medley Relay – Women
Bradley, Gresser, McNulty, Trace – 8th place, 3:45.54
400 Medley Relay – Men
Trace, Barone, Lense, Loy – 7th place, 3:18.98
OSU Winter Invite – Day Two