Columbus, Ohio. – The Ohio swimming and diving team wrapped up the first day at the 2018 Ohio State University Invitational Thursday (Nov. 15) sitting in seventh place behind Stanford, Notre Dame, host Ohio State, Kentucky, Yale and Pittsburgh with a total of 203 points.
Stanford leads the way with a total of 856 points with Notre Dame in second place compiling 592 points. In third place is Ohio State with 535 points followed closely behind by Kentucky with 509 points. Yale has 337.5 points in fifth place and Pittsburgh holds sixth place with 266.5 points.
"We had an unbelievable first day of the invite," said first-year head coach Mason Norman. "We are executing our race plan and improving with each event. If we can match the energy of the first day of the meet we are going to surprise some people. This team is having a lot of fun and swimming fast!"
Day one of the OSU Invitational started with the preliminary rounds of the 500-yard freestyle, the 200-yard IM and the 50-yard freestyle. Of the 21 swims, all 21 swims were recorded season bests, 10 of the swims were lifetime bests and five individuals qualified for the finals.
In the 500-yard freestyle, sophomore Hannah Schlegel (Birdsboro, Pa.) qualified for the finals with a time of 4:48.41, a time that ranks 5th in the Ohio University All-Time Top 10 500-yard freestyle swim times. In the 200-yard IM, sophomore Samantha Glass (Villa Hills, Ky.) qualified for the finals with a time of 2:04.46 and wrapping up preliminary rounds, in the 50-yard freestyle, senior Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.), junior Courtney Perrett (Durban, South Africa), and senior Lexie White (Waxhaw, N.C.) all qualified for the finals with times of 22.94, 23.82, and 23.83 respectively.
The finals that began with the 200-yard freestyle relay and was followed by the 500-yard freestyle, the 200-yard IM, the 50-yard freestyle and ended with the 400-yard medley relay.
Two Ohio teams registered points for the Bobcats. Ohio's top relay team comprised of Van Lanen, Perrett, freshman Madison Haschemeyer (Springfield, Ill.), and White who finished 14th with a time of 1:34.29 while another Ohio team comprised of senior Mackenzie Hornstra (Naperville,Ill.), junior Mackenzie Caruthers (Hilliard, Ohio), freshman Athena Aravantinou (North Bethesda, Md.), and senior Ana Henderson (Danville, Calif.) finished 22nd with a time of 1:38.80.
In the preliminary rounds, Schlegel swam a 4:48.41 that landed her in the Ohio All-Time Top 10 in the 500-yard freestyle. In the finals this evening, Schlegel swam a 4:47.36 for a 15th place finish and moved up to 3rd in the Ohio All-Time Top 10 500-yard freestyle record book.
The next race of the first day finals was the 200-yard IM where Glass placed 35th with a time of 2:03.83 and was followed by the 50-yard freestyle race that resulted in a 14th place finish for Van Lanen with a time of 22.99, a 36th place finish for White with a time of 23.91 and a 39th place finish for Perrett with a time of 24.16.
The finals moved into the last swim event of the evening, the 400-yard medley relay. With a time of 3:46.12, Ohio's top relay team comprised of Haschemeyer, junior Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland), Van Lanen and Perrett as anchor, placed 19th for Ohio while another Bobcat team comprised of Aravantinou, Hornstra, freshman Kendra Sheehan (Columbus, Ohio), and White placed 21st with a time of 3:49.61.
Day one of the OSU Invitational started with the preliminary round of 3-meter dive event. Redshirt junior Olivia Dillon (Newcastle, Aus.), senior Nicole Hughes (Cleveland, Ohio), freshman Taylor Miller (Latrobe, Pa.), freshman Cloe Pace (Naperville, Ill.), and junior Chastity Haxton (Englewood, Fla.) all qualified for the finals with scores of 242.10, 227.80, 209.40, 191.75 and 176.40 respectively.
In the finals for the 3-meter diving, Ohio divers all matched their preliminary scores. Dillon placed 18th with a score of 242.10, Hughes placed 22nd with a score of 227.80, Miller placed 27th with a score of 209.40, Pace placed 29th with a score of 191.75 and Haxton placed 30th with a score of 176.40.
"Our divers stepped up versus a deep field in the 3m and have another opportunity on Day 2 to do well again," said Norman.
The Bobcats will kick off day two of the 2018 OSU Invitational tomorrow (Nov. 16) starting at 10 a.m. E.T.