No. 24 Buckeyes Take Down Cleveland State 184.5-72.5
Columbus, Ohio— The No. 24 Ohio State women’s swimming and diving teams returned to the pool on Thursday for the first of three dual meets this week, taking down Cleveland State 184.5-72.5
The meet schedule was different than anything the Buckeyes have swam this year, with events occurring as follows:
1. 200 Medley relay (mixed gender) 8. 100 Back
2. 150 Free 9. 100 Breast
3. 50 Back 10. 300 Free
4. 50 Breast 11. 50 Fly
5. 100 Fly BREAK
6. 50 Free 12. 100 IM
BREAK 13. 200 Free Relay (mixed gender)
7. 100 Free
In that first relay, Ohio State’s foursome of Matt McHugh, DJ MacDonald, Liz Li, and Annie Jongekrijg earned a time of 1:35.13, outpacing the best Cleveland State relay team by over two seconds. Following that up was Katy Luchansky in the 150 freestyle, placing first with her time of 1:21.11. In the 50 backstroke, Camey Rabold (26.16) beat fellow Buckeyes Elizabeth Auckley (26.47) and Erin Dunseith (26.61) in a close race. In the 50 breaststroke, Rachael Dzierzak continued Ohio State’s winning ways thanks to her time of 29.61.
That streak would end in the 100 butterfly, however; Molly McNamara (56.04) of Cleveland State narrowly edged out Amy Bopp (56.06) in the closest event of the day. Li took the 50 freestyle with her time of 22.59 to put Ohio State’s lead at 79.5-24 heading into the first break of the meet.
Coming back from the break, Luchansky (51.64) notched her second top finish of the evening, this one coming in the 100 freestyle. After her close finish earlier in the meet, Dunseith came out on top in the 100 backstroke with her time of 57.51. Bopp then won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.94 for her first win of the meet.
Kathleen Cook (2:54.54) extended Ohio State’s lead in the 300 freestyle and Arianna Bullard (25.76) continued that trend in the 50 butterfly to lead the Buckeyes into the final break of the night with a 152.5-43 advantage. It was at this point that the Buckeyes elected not to score any swimmers to the remainder of the meet.
In the final swimming events of the night, Li (58.10) had the fastest time in the 100 IM and the relay team of Mossimo Chavez, Li, Mark Belanger, and Cheyenne Meek (1:28.27) owned the best time in the 200 freestyle relay.
Buckeye divers closed out the meet on an excellent note for the Scarlet and Gray. Hannah Thek (344.33) and Taylor Pamplin (290.25) won the three-meter and one-meter dives, respectively. The top four of each event was comprised solely of Buckeyes, a perfect capper to the meet, which ended with a final score of 184.5-72.5 in favor of Ohio State.
This was the first of three dual meets that the Buckeyes have this week, with the next one coming tomorrow, Friday, at 6 pm against Miami University at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.