Columbus, Ohio. – The Ohio swimming and diving team hold on to its seventh place standing as the second day of the 2018 Ohio State University Invitational Friday (Nov. 16) comes to a close. Ohio remains behind Stanford, Notre Dame, host Ohio State, Kentucky, Yale and Pittsburgh with a total of 447.5 points.
Stanford leads the way with a total of 1755 points with Notre Dame in second place compiling 1357.5 points. In third place is Ohio State with 1258 points followed closely behind by Kentucky with 1238 points. Yale has 819.5 points in fifth place and Pittsburgh holds sixth place with 655.5 points.
"We are swimming really well for this time of year," said first-year head coach Mason Norman. "The team is still developing and figuring out their race strategies and preparation for this style of meet. We missed a couple of opportunities here and there but overall, we are a different team in a short period of time. We have only scratched the surface of what this team can be. I'm looking forward to another great day tomorrow for Ohio."
Day two of the OSU Invitational started with the preliminary rounds of the 100-yard butterfly, the 400-yard IM, the 200-yard freestyle, the 100-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard backstroke. Of the swims today, seven of the swims were lifetime bests and 17 swim times qualified for the finals. Sophomore Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.) once again entered the Ohio All-Time Top 10 swim times, this time in the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:19.77 placing her in 5th overall. Junior Courtney Perrett (Durban, South Africa) also entered the Ohio All-Time Top 10 for the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.30 placing her in 6th overall.
In the 100-yard butterfly, senior Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.), freshman Kendra Sheehan (Columbus, Ohio), and senior Maddie Wyke (Columbus, Ind.) qualified for the finals with times of 54.22, 55.90, and 57.00 respectively. In the 400-yard IM, Schlegel, sophomore Samantha Glass (Villa Hills, Ky.), and sophomore Katherine Garrity (Eagan, Minn.) qualified for the finals with times of 4:19.77, 4:21.99, 4:27.68 respectively.
In the 200-yard freestyle preliminary rounds, freshman Madison Haschemeyer (Springfield, Ill.) qualified for the finals with a time of 1:51.36. The 100-yard breaststroke preliminary rounds followed where junior Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland), Perrett, senior Mackenzie Hornstra (Naperville, Ill.), senior Emily Ortner (Concord, Calif.), freshman Rebekah Klem (Columbiana, Ohio), and sophomore Katelyn O'Brien (Williams Bay, Wis.) qualified for the finals with time of 1:03.10, 1:03.30, 1:05.55, 1:06.14, 1:06.35, and 1:07.38 respectively. Wrapping up preliminary rounds, in the 100-yard backstroke, freshman Athena Aravantinou (North Bethesda, Md.), Sheehan, freshman Madeline Kenyon (Dayton, Ohio), and Haschemeyer qualified for the finals with times of 56.65, 57.04, 57.81, and 58.01 respectively.
The finals began with the 200-yard medley relay and was followed by the 100-yard butterfly, the 400-yard IM, the 200-yard freestyle, the 100-yard breaststroke, the 100-yard backstroke and ended with the 800-yard freestyle relay.
Two Ohio teams registered points for the Bobcats. Ohio's top relay team comprised of Kenyon, Lahtinen, Wkye, and senior Lexie White (Waxhaw, N.C.) finished 18th with a time of 1:46.82 while another Ohio team comprised of sophomore Carolyn Bischoff (New Hudson, Mich.), Hornstra, senior Emily Davis (Lexington, Ky.) and junior Katherine Redden (Fort Thomas, Ky.) finished 21st with a time of 1:51.87.
The next race of the second day finals was the 100-yard butterfly where Van Lanen finished 9th with a time of 53.96, Sheehan finished 23rd with a time of 55.80, and Wyke finished 29th with a time of 56.72. The 400-yard IM followed as Schlegel captured a 19th place finish with a time of 4:19.09, Glass captured a 30th place finish with a time of 4:24.97, and Garrity captured a 37th place finish with a time of 4:27.12.
Up next was the 200-yard freestyle where Schlegel placed 35th with a time of 1:50.82 and Haschemeyer placed 39th with a time of 1:51.76. Into the 100-yard breaststroke, Lahtinen placed 16th with a time of 1:03.17 followed closely behind by Perrett who placed 17th with a time of 1:03.58. Hornstra placed 28th with a time of 1:05.82 while Klem and Ortner placed 34th and 35th with times of 1:05.89 and 1:06.66 respectively. O'Brien captured 39th with a time of 1:09.48. Aravantinou captured a 23rd place finish as the top Ohio finisher in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.81. Sheehan followed placing 27th with a time of 57.21 while Haschemeyer and Kenyon placed 38th and 39th with times of 58.53 and 58.70 respectively.
The finals moved into the last swim event of the evening, the 800-yard freestyle relay. With a time of 7:33.51, Ohio's top relay team comprised of junior Mackenzie Caruthers (Hilliard, Ohio), Glass, senior Ana Henderson (Danville, Calif.), and Davis as anchor, placed 19th while another Bobcat team comprised of Schlegel, Sheehan, Haschemeyer and Garrity as anchor, placed 21st with a time of 7:37.80.
Day two of the OSU Invitational started with the preliminary round of the 1-meter dive event. Redshirt junior Olivia Dillon (Newcastle, Aus.), freshman Taylor Miller (Latrobe, Pa.), senior Nicole Hughes (Cleveland, Ohio), junior Ireland Littlejohn (Grand Rapids, Mich.), freshman Cloe Pace (Naperville, Ill.), junior Chastity Haxton (Englewood, Fla.) and sophomore Abigail Jordan (West Chester, Ohio) all finished the day with scores of 240.30, 220.80, 204.85, 184.20, 179.85, 168.30 and 144.05 respectively.
The Bobcats will kick off the final day of the 2018 OSU Invitational tomorrow (Nov. 17) starting at 10 a.m. E.T.