Columbus, Ohio— The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team had its first home meet of the season on Friday, defeating Kenyon College 173-115. Buckeyes accounted for top times in 11 events tonight and won both the one and three-meter dives.
On the diving board it was Haley Allen and freshman Lara Tarvit competing for the Buckeyes. Tarvit won her first collegiate event, posting a score of 297.15 on one-meter. Allen took the top spot on three-meter with her score of 317.55, giving Ohio State a diving sweep for both the men and women.
The foursome of Marianne Kahmann, Molly Washko, Liz Li and Chantel Wynn got the dual meet started with a time of 1:43.67 to win the 200 medley relay. The first place finish marks the first of Kahmann’s career, in her first collegiate event to boot. Meg Bailey and Molly Kowal followed that up with a duel in the 1000 freestyle in which Bailey came out on top; her time of 10:03.45 narrowly edged out Kowal’s mark of 10:03.61.
Kenyon took its first event of the night: the 200 freestyle. Hannah Orbach-Mandel’s time of 1:49.99 bested the rest of the field, with Liz Li earning the top Buckeye time (1:51.02). Kenyon would actually win the next event as well (100 backstroke) with freshman Summer Otazu’s time of 53.37 setting the high mark. Kahmann came close; she posted a mark of 53.63, a hair faster than teammate Elizabeth Auckley (53.64). Washko won for the second time today in the next event, 100 breaststroke, swimming a time of 1:03.96.
The next two events went the way of the Buckeyes: Amanda McNulty won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:01.25 and Wynn returned to the top spot with a victory in the 50 freestyle (23.71). In the 100 freestyle it was Orbach-Mandel from Kenyon coming through with her second first place finish of the night, her time of 51.33 beating out the other nine swimmers. Kathleen Cook was the fastest Ohio State swimmer in that event (52.14). A pair of Scarlet and Gray seniors came out on top in next two events: Kaitlyn Ferrara won the 200 backstroke (2:03.06) and Lindsey Clary outswam seven others in the 200 breaststroke, her time of 2:18.17 topping them all.
Ferrara and Clary were the first of six straight first place finishes for Ohio State that closed out the meet: Bailey in the 500 freestyle (4:58.44, the only swimmer to go sub-5:00); Li in the 100 butterfly (54.80, almost four seconds faster than the next-best time); Maria Coy in the 200 IM (2:08.02); and foursome of Coy, Clary, Bailey, and Li in the 400 freestyle relay (3:29.77) to close out the evening’s events.
Next up for Ohio State is a dual meet with Denison University on Friday, November 4 at 6:00.