Colin Zeng, Liz Li, Matt McHugh All Earn B1G Weekly Honors
Columbus, Ohio— It’s been a nice week of accolades for the Ohio State swimming and diving teams so far this week. After both the men’s and women’s squads vaulted up the CollegeSwimming.com Top 50 poll, three Buckeyes earned weekly honors from the Big Ten. The men’s team also jumped from No. 21 to No. 14 in the latest CSCAA poll.
Liz Li of the women’s swimming team was named B1G’s Swimmer of the Week and Matt McHugh earned the same honor on the men’s side. Colin Zeng was named the conference’s Diver of the Week for the second week in a row.
At last weekend’s Ohio State Invitational, Zeng had about as remarkable a performance as a diver can have. The sophomore set meet records in the one-meter, three-meter, and platform diving events, recording scores of 425.93, 462.08, and 477.30 in each event, respectively.
“Colin is very coachable, friendly, works hard and respects his coaches and teammates,” said head coach Justin Sochor. “We have been having fun over the last year getting stronger and faster.”
McHugh, who earns the men’s swimming team’s first Big Ten weekly honor since last February, was also named CollegeSwimming.com’s National Swimmer of the Week last week. The junior recorded NCAA provisional qualifying times in each of his individual events at the OSU Invite, including the 50 freestyle (20.16), 100 butterfly (46.81), 100 backstroke (46.97) and 100 freestyle (43.88). His time in the 100 butterfly is currently ninth in the nation.
Head coach Bill Wadley, who praised McHugh specifically after last weekend’s Invite, applauded the junior’s work ethic this season, stating that he’s really become a terrific leader for the team.
During her performance in the 50 freestyle finals over the weekend, Li become one of just 21 swimmers across the country to qualify for the 2016 NCAA Women’s Swimming Championships. Her time of 21.83 is currently the best in the nation, and her 100 butterfly time of 51.30 ranks 15th.
"Liz is a terrific young lady who is respected by her coaches and loved by her teammates,” said head coach Bill Dorenkott. “She is a heck of an athlete and even better person. We are glad that she is a Buckeye."
That brings Ohio State’s Big Ten weekly award total to five with plenty of time left in the season to garner more. The Buckeyes’ next meet will be Jan. 15-16 against conference foe Michigan State at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.