East Lansing, Mich.— Ohio State had its first dual meet against a conference foe on Friday and it came out on top, defeating Michigan State 137-104 at Charles McCaffree Pool.
Buckeyes swimmers set pool records in two events today: the 200 medley relay and the 100 butterfly. Liz Li, Molly Washko, Macie McNichols, and Maria Coy got the meet started in the best possible way by winning the aforementioned relay with a time of 1:42.66, making them the owners of a new pool record. Li did it again a little while later, touching the wall at 53.98 in the 100 fly for the best time McCaffree pool had ever seen.
Several other Ohio State swimmers and divers had excellent days. Kathrin Demler won the first individual event of the meet, the 1000 freestyle, with her time of 10:03.61, and she was followed up by teammate Kaitlyn Ferrara in the 200 freestyle; the senior won that event with a time of 1:51.94.
Starting with Li’s 100 fly victory, the Buckeyes rattled off six straight first place finishes. Chantel Wynn won the 100 freestyle with her time of 51.56, beating out her Spartan foe by just .03 seconds. Elizabeth Auckley then won the 100 backstroke (56.64) for her first individual event victory of the season. The 500 freestyle was then won by Mikayla Murphy and her mark of 5:02.24 and Meg Bailey won the final individual event, the 100 breaststroke, outpacing the field with a time of 1:05.02. Also included in that streak was Lara Tarvit’s win on three-meter; the freshman scored 272.93.
On one-meter, Ohio State’s top finisher was Haley Allen with her score of 298.95. Washko (2:10.90) and Coy (23.73) also had top team finishes in the 200 IM and 50 freestyle, respectively. To conclude the competition Katie Wright, Lauren Kurzydlo, Lucija Jurkovic, and Quinn Fike combined for a team-best time of 1:38.67 in the 200 freestyle relay.
The Buckeyes remain undefeated in dual meets on the season. They’ll return to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on Saturday to host Akron and Pittsburgh at 12:00 p.m.
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