Tuscaloosa, Ala. – The Ohio State swimming and diving program went down to Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Thursday afternoon and snagged a pair of Top 25 wins over Alabama at the Alabama Aquatic Center. The 11th-ranked women knocked off the No. 23 Crimson Tide by a tally of 180-118, and Ohio State’s No. 16 men defeated No. 17 Alabama by a score of 168-132.
Ohio State had four swimmers win multiple events during the Thursday afternoon matinee in Tuscaloosa. Kathrin Demler controlled the intermediate distance races with wins in the 200 freestyle (1:50.19) and 500 freestyle (4:53.29). Noah Lense performed flawlessly in the 100 and 200 butterfly, as has been the story all year long; he won the 100 with a time of 47.20 and registered a time of 1:46.40 in the 200.
A pair of seniors on the women’s side also captured two event titles on Thursday. Liz Li absolutely dominated the 50 (22.51) and 100 free (49.75) for wins, and Meg Bailey won two 200-yard events; Bailey first won the 200 fly with a readout of 1:58.74 and followed that up with a 2:00.46 in the 200 individual medley to win the last individual race of the day for the Buckeyes.
The most dominant swim of the day for the Buckeyes was arguably the 200 fly on the men’s side. With Lense winning gold, the Buckeye swimmers quartet of Henrique Painhas (1:47.73), Daniel Gloude (1:48.54), Michael Salazar (1:48.55) and Ching Hwang Lim (1:49.43) followed right behind him for the top five times in the event.
The men’s distance trio of Brayden Seal, Nick Hogsed and Ryan Vander Meulen were well conditioned for Thursday’s afternoon festivities. The threesome started off the day by going one-two-three in the 1000 freestyle with Seal’s winning time of 9:15.13 followed by Hogsed (9:15.24) and Vandermeulen (9:28.78). In the final distance event of the day, the 500 freestyle, Hogsed took individual honors with a readout of 4:26.25 and was followed by Seal (4:31.65) and Vandermeulen (4:35.91) for another one-two-three finish.
The diving crew brought their A-game down to the South and left with four victories on the day. Lara Tarvit (277.30) and Stephen Romanik (343.40) collected first-place finishes on the one-meter board, while Genevieve Angerame (285.10) and Jacob Siler (364.10) earned the sweep on the three-meter board.
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