Scarlet Tops Gray in 2021 Ohio State Intrasquad, Armstrong Wins 3 Races

Ohio State Scarlet vs. Gray Intrasquad

Friday, October 8, 2021
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Full results
Combined Team Scores
Scarlet – 288.5 points def. Gray – 2:34.5 points

Women’s Team Scores
Scarlet – 140 points def. Gray – 121 points

Men’s Team Scores
Scarlet – 148.5 points def. Gray – 113.5 points

The 2021 Ohio State Scarlet vs. Gray Intrasquad meet featured a variety of unusual distance races yet showcased some fast swims nonetheless. 2020 Olympian Hunter Armstrong started the day with an 18.88 on the freestyle leg of the 200 medley relay, though Armstrong’s relay, the Gray team ‘A’ squad, placed 2nd to the Scarlet team’s ‘B’ squad which was anchored by Ruslan Gaziev in 19.41. The biggest difference between the two relays, however, came in breaststroke where Hudson McDaniel posted a 23.82 for Scarlet ‘B’ versus Gray’s Jason Matthews‘ 24.41 breaststroke split.

Armstrong, Gaziev, McDaniel, and Matthews would all go on to win individual events as well with Armstrong leading the pack at 3 individual victories. First, Armstrong won the 75 backstroke in 33.63, then the 25 yard freestyle in 8.98, and finally the 300 yard freestyle in 2:33.11, nearly 2 seconds ahead of runner-up Charlie Clark who touched in 2:34.88. Clark began the meet with a dominant victory in the 600 freestyle, putting up a 5:19.42 to win by 11 seconds. Clark ended the meet with a 2,000 yard freestyle, which he completed in 18:10.46, though the swim was considered exhibition as Clark was the only swimmer to take it on

Gaziev matched Armstrong with 3 individual event wins, first taking the 150 yard freestyle in 1:11.12, then the 75 yard freestyle in 31.33, and finally the 75 yard butterfly in 34.39. McDaniel and Matthews, meanwhile, tied for the win in the 75 yard breaststroke in 39.28. Matthews would get the better of McDaniel in the 150 breaststroke, touching first in 1:28.21 to McDaniel’s 1:29.14.

NCAA newcomer Alex Quach led off the Scarlet ‘A’ 400 freestyle relay in a 42.95, the fastest split in the field. Quach also won the 150 yard butterfly in 1:15.85 and placed 3rd in the 25 yard freestyle in 9.20.

Sophomore Katherine Zenick, representing the Gray team, started the day with a 22.90 butterfly split in 200 medley relay, nearly a full second ahead of the next-fastest in the field. Zenick went on to win the women’s 75 butterfly in 37.70, nearly a full second ahead of runner-up Catherine Russo who touched in 38.60. Zenick also won the 75 freestyle in 35.23, just 0.01 ahead of second-place finisher Amy Fulmer. Fulmer, representing the Scarlet team, won the 150 freestyle in 1:16.98, nearly a full three seconds ahead of Gray’s Allie Fenska who touched in 1:19.94.

Kristen Romano of the Scarlet team won both the 150 yard butterfly and the 150 yard backstroke in 1:26.28 and 1:25.53, respectively. Romano picked up a third win in the 250 yard IM which was swum 25 fly, 50 back, 75 breast, 100 free. Meanwhile, Emily Crane of the Gray team won both the 75 yard backstroke in 38.41, more than a second ahead of the rest of the field, and the 25 yard freestyle in 10.40. Sally Tafuto, swimming for the Scarlet team, won the 600 freestyle in 5:50.15 and later the 300 freestyle in 2:52.00, just ahead of runner-up Malia Rausch who touched in 2:52.18.

Zenick ended the meet with a 49.05 as the lead-off leg for the Gray ‘A’ 400 freestyle relay. Zenick’s split was the second-fastest in the field and just 3-tenths off her personal best time from the 2021 Big Ten Championships. Fulmer blasted a 47.93 as the second leg of the Scarlet ‘A’ team which ultimately finished 2nd behind Zenick and the Gray ‘A’ team.

Armstrong, Gaziev, and Romano tied as the top individual scorers, each bringing in 27 points from three individual event wins each.

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