Columbus, Ohio. – The final day of the 2018 Ohio State University Invitational resulted in a seventh-place finish for the Ohio swimming and diving team on Saturday (Nov. 17), with a total of 605 points.
"This team had an amazing, record setting weekend of racing" said first-year head coach Mason Norman. "The hard work that we have put in this semester is paying off and we are on the right track toward our goals at the end of the season. We have changed the expectation of Ohio swimming and diving this semester and will continue to challenge ourselves. We made an impact this weekend amongst some of the best schools in the country, PAC12, SEC, ACC, and the BIG12."
The final day of the OSU Invitational started with the preliminary rounds of the 200-yard backstroke, the 100-yard freestyle, the 200-yard breaststroke, and the 200-yard butterfly. Of the 17 preliminary swims today, all were season bests, three of the swims were lifetime bests and 12 swim times qualified for the finals. Record breaking swims came in a pair today as Sophomore Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.) moved to 3rd in the All-Time Top 10 for the 1,650-yard freestyle and junior Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland), who broke the Ohio University All-Time Top 10 school record of 2:14.37 set in 2000 with a time of 2:13.28 in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Sophomore Samantha Glass (Villa Hilla. Ky.) qualified for the finals in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:03.73 and was followed closely behind by freshman Athena Aravantinou (North Bethesda, Md.) who also qualified for the finals in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:03.80.
Senior Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.) and senior Lexie White (Waxhaw, N.C.) both qualified for the 100-yard freestyle finals with times of 50.69 and 51.75 respectively. Lahtinen, senior Emily Ortner (Concord, Calif.), senior Mackenzie Hornstra (Naperville, Ill.), and freshman Rebekah Klem (Columbiana, Ohio), all qualified for the 200-yard breaststroke finals with times of 2:15.00, 2:21.64, 2:22.24, and 2:23.03 respectively.
Glass, senior Maddie Wyke (Columbus, Ohio) and senior Emily Davis (Lexington, Ky.) all qualified for the 200-yard butterfly finals by finishing preliminary rounds with times of 2:02.78, 2:04.30 and 2:04.86 respectively.
The 1650-yard freestyle swim opened up the final series of swim events for the 2018 Ohio State Invitational. Schlegel placed 7th with a time of 16:23.80, a 27 second drop from her personal best and a new 3rd place spot in the All-Time Top 10, senior Ana Henderson (Danville, Calif.) placed 20th with a time of 16:48.27, sophomore Katherine Garrity (Eagan, Minn.) placed 28th with a time of 16:59.75, junior Mackenzie Caruthers (Hilliard, Ohio) placed 34th with a time of 17:06.88, and junior Katherine Redden (Fort Thomas, Ky.) placed 41st with a time of 17:40.39.
The finals continued with the 200-yard backstroke and was followed by the 100-yard freestyle, the 200-yard breaststroke, the 200-yard butterfly and ended with the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Glass placed 34th with a time of 2:02.89 while Aravantinou placed 36th with a time of 2:04.74 for the Bobcats in the 200-yard backstroke. Van Lanen registered a 26th place finish with a time of 51.00 while White registered a 36th place finish with a time of 51.77 for the Bobcats in the 100-yard freestyle.
Lahtinen broke the Ohio University All-Time Top 10 school record with a time of 2:13.28 for an 11th place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke while Hornstra, Ortner, Klem and O'Brien recorded 25th, 29th, 30th, and 39th place finishes with times of 2:20.72, 2:21.76, 2:23.42 and 2:28.86 respectively.
The next race of the final day of finals was the 200-yard butterfly where Glass placed 21st with a time of 2:02.42, Wyke placed 24th with a time of 2:03.73, and Davis placed 30th with a time 2:04.83.
The finals moved into the last swim event of the evening, the 400-yard freestyle relay. With a time of 3:26.27, Ohio's top relay team comprised of junior Courtney Perrett (Durban South Africa), Van Lanen, freshman Kendra Sheehan (Columbus, Ohio), and White placed 17th for Ohio while another Bobcat team comprised of Schlegel, Aravantinou, Caruthers and sophomore Carolyn Bischoff (New Hudson, Mich.) as anchor placed 21st with a time of 3:31.64.
The Bobcats will have the rest of 2018 to prepare for their next return to action taking place in January of 2019. The first dual of the new year will include Ohio divers only traveling to Buffalo, N.Y, to compete in the Buffalo Diving Invitational beginning on Friday, January 11th and lasting through Sunday, January 13th. This three-day, all day, event will be held at Alumni Arena Natatorium.
Ohio swim and dive will join forces for the first time in the 2019 year in Toledo, Ohio where the Bobcats will compete in its third MAC Conference dual meet against Toledo on Friday, January 18th. This meet is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. EST at the Toledo Student Recreation Center Pool.