Indiana rallies for thrilling relay wins at Ohio State Invite, but Buckeyes still sweep


Indiana won the last two seasons of the Ohio State Invitational in dramatic fashion, but it wasn’t enough to stop the host Buckeyes from leading the men’s and women’s standings after the third day of racing in Columbus on Saturday.

Team final results through Day 3


  1. State of Ohio – 2,555.5
  2. Indiana—2,422.5
  3. Notre Dame – 1,586.5
  4. Virginia Tech – 1,523
  5. Kentucky—1,028.5
  6. Cincinnati-934
  7. Yale-910.5
  8. Basswood – 632
  9. University of Miami – 221.5
  10. Pitt-213
  11. Kenyon College – 39


  1. State of Ohio – 2,525
  2. Indiana—2,348.5
  3. Kentucky—2,016
  4. Virginia Tech – 1,281
  5. UCLA – 1,004.5
  6. Notre Dame – 986
  7. Yale-906
  8. Ohio-478.5
  9. Navy – 419.5
  10. Cincinnati-416
  11. Basswood – 301
  12. Pit – 119
  13. University of Miami – 32

The Hoosiers are two-tenths of a second behind Ohio State and head to the anchor leg of the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay, Indiana Freshman Kristina Paegel defeated 100 Free Champions Amy Fulmer posting a 47.07 anchor split to give her team a narrow win in a new program record of 3:13.45.

At the start of the meeting, Fulmer (48.09) had beaten Paegle (48.15) in the 100 free individuals. Joining Paegle on the Hoosiers’ record-breaking relay team Anna Pepłowski (48.73), Ashley Turak (48.43) and Ella Ristic (49.22).

The Buckeyes reached the wall just 0.16 seconds behind the Hoosiers in a back-and-forth showdown between Big Ten rivals. Catherine Zenik (48.34), Nyah Funderburke (49.46), Teresa Ivan (48.38) and Fulmer (47.43) together for a combined time of 3:13.61. Virginia Tech’s Quartet of Carmen Weiler Sastre (48.74), Emily Claesson (49.02), Fanni Gyurinovics (48.28), Madelyn Moore (48.69) set a time of 3:14.73 to hold onto third place.

The men’s 400-meter free relay was almost as close as the women’s. Indiana (2:49.51), Virginia Tech (2:49.77) and Ohio State (2:49.94) were separated by less than half a second in the final of the men’s 400 meter free relay.

As a Virginia Tech Junior, the race got off to a brilliant start Youssef Ramadan (41.99) and Indiana fifth year Van Matthew (42.36) posted the two fastest 100 free times of the season so far. After strong middle legs, the Hokies led into the final crossover with a header advantage of more than a second Mario Molla Yanes (42.32) and Luis Dominguez Calonge (42.30), but Carles Coll Marti (43.16) couldn’t keep up against Hoosier’s runner-up Rafael Miroslav (41.57).

Gavin Wright (42.80) and Tom Frankel (42.78) also contributed to Indiana’s winning team. The third-placed Ohio State roster consisted of Alex Quach (43.05), Daniel Baltes (41.80), James Ward (43.59) and Ruslan Gaziev (41.50). Earlier in the night, Gaziev recorded the third fastest time of the season in the 100 free individual with a 42.45, just two hundredths behind Ramadan (42.43). It was the second straight session in which Ramadan set the best overall time from the B final after the 20-year-old Egyptian triumphed from eleventh place in qualifying in Friday’s 100 fly.

More highlights

  • The Peplowski sisters put together a dominant performance for Indiana. Anna Pepłowski shaved a second off her PB and became just the fourth Hoosier to go 1:52 in her 200 reverse win, which was one of three individual wins and six overall for the second weekend this weekend. She also touched first in the 100 back (52.12) and 200 free (1:44.19) along with the 200 free relay (22.53 leadoff), 200 medley relay (24.61 leadoff) and the aforementioned 400 free relay (48.73 splits). her older sister, Noelle Peplowski, claimed two individual wins in 100 breaststroke (59.17) and 200 breaststroke (2:05.52). The latter mark was an NCAA A-cut, dropping her previous best by almost a second and making her the second-fastest woman in the program’s history behind Lili King (2:02.60). It’s also behind one of the fastest times in the nation this season Alex Walsch (2:03.93) and Kate Douglas (2:01.87), which broke her own NCAA record on Saturday.
  • Virginia Tech freshman Carmen Weiler Sastre has been all over Columbus for the past three days and posted seven top 10 times in program history. Her best individual results included a second place in the 200 backstroke (1:52.97), a third place in the 200 freewheel (1:45.18), and a fourth place in the 100 backstroke (52.71). Notably, Weiler Sastre’s 200m deficit ended up two seconds off her previous best time from the heats, propelling her to second all-time in the Hokies’ record books.
  • Freshman from Kentucky Levi Sandidge clocked a 14:51.24, the second-best time in program history, which secured him second place behind Ohio State Junior Charlie Clark (14:46.80, an NCAA B-cut). Wildcats fifth year diver Kyndal Knight Her 314.45 points on the platform also moved her up to second place in the UK record books. She placed second behind Ohio State Junior on Saturday Ciara McGing (322.3). Dear Kentucky Divers Abby Devereau (240.45) and Claire McDaniels (236.15) also met NCAA zone standards, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively. The Wildcats earned three more podium finishes on Day 3 courtesy of Mason Wilby (third place in men’s 200, 1:44.73), Gillian Davey (Third place in women’s 200 breaststroke, 2:09.12) and Caitlin Brooks (third place in women’s 200 backstroke, 1:53.36).
  • After breaking three program records in the first two days of the Ohio State Invitational, Cincinnati stopped rewriting school records Saturday. However, the Bearcats came so close in the 200 backstroke races Lily Jones (1:57.56) and Hunter Gubeno (1:41.47) both swam the second fastest times in program history.
  • Ohio State fifth year Felicia Pasadyn put down an impressive brace. First, she placed fourth in the 200 backstroke with a 1:53.60 before recording the second fastest time in program history (1:54.51) to win the 200 fly. Both brands are NCAA ‘B’ cuts.
  • Noelle Peplowski’s 200 breast PB wasn’t Breaststroke U’s only major accomplishment. Indiana took three of the top four spots in the men’s 200 breaststroke, with Josh Matheny leading in 1:51.68 followed by Yes (1:53.17) and Maxwell Reich (1:53.69). Indiana women went 1-2 in the mile as Ching Hwee Gan (16:05.69) Beat teammate Mary Denigan (16:08.72) three seconds against the wall. The Hoosiers also put on a dominant performance in the men’s 100 free meters, placing four swimmers in the top 10 and showing a depth that later paid off for them during their 400 free relay win. Indiana’s other individual winners from Day 3 included Brendan Burns in the men’s 200 backstroke (1:40.66) and Frankel in the men’s 200 fly (1:42.72).