Lexington, Ky. – The 13th-ranked Ohio State women’s swimming team picked up a pair of dual wins this weekend over No. 15 Kentucky (204-185) and Toledo (331-54) at the Lancaster Aquatic Pavilion in Lexington, Ky. On the men’s side, No. 18 Ohio State eclipsed Kentucky by a score of 210.50-178.50.
Ohio State used a complete team effort on both sides to come away with three total wins. Both men’s and women’s relays were sharp on Saturday winning six of the eight relays contested. The men and women swept both 200 medley relays, 200 freestyle relays. The men captured the final two relay titles of the meet in the 800 freestyle (6:33.91) and 400 medley relay (3:16.01).
Individually, Meg Bailey secured her second first-place finish of the weekend in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:14.85, more than 2.5 seconds faster than the next best swimmer. Liz Li suited up for Ohio State for the first time this season and she helped lead the Buckeyes to a one-two-three-four finish in the 50 freestyle. Li touched the wall in 22.73 making her the only swimmer to go sub 23. Macie McNichols (23.05), Freya Rayner (23.09) and Maria Coy (23.49) all followed her in fine fashion.
The men had three individual champions during the two sessions on the second day of their dual meet against the Wildcats. Mark Belanger used a time of 48.74 to best the other 10 swimmers in the 100 backstroke, Kevin Musterait registered a time of 20.46 for his gold in the 50 free and Michael Salazar claimed his win in the 100 butterfly (47.62).
Hanna Gresser, only a freshman, edged Kentucky’s Madison Winstead in the 100 breaststroke by 11 hundredths of a second to pick up her second win of the year in the event. Lara Tarvit was the highest finisher from the diving squad on platform; she scored 271.40 points to finish in first place.
The Buckeyes will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a dual meet against Alabama on Jan. 18.
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