By Tim Glon
WOOSTER — The Ohio Northern men's swimming & diving team sits fourth out of nine teams after the first day of the three-day Wooster Invitational on Thursday at the Wooster High School Natatorium.
After five of the 20 events, the Polar Bears have 284 points.
Case Western Reserve is in first place with 486 points, Gannon (Pa.) is second with 375 points and Westminster (Pa.) is third with 354 points.
Sophomore Nolan Huey (Fort Collins, Colo./Fossil Ridge) led Ohio Northern by winning the 200 I.M. in 1:55.18.
Junior Pete He (Mason) was second in the 50 free in :21.19.
Freshman Ryan Mow (Macomb, Mich.) was 14th in the 500 free in 4:50.43.
The 400 medley relay team of Huey, junior Anthony Ferrell (Canton/Glen Oak), He and Simpson were second in 3:27.36 and the 200 free relay team of Chapman, junior Thomas Golba (Dayton/Alter), He and Simpson were fifth in 1:24.99.
"We swam well this morning with 28 out of 29 individual races as season bests, putting 12 swims back tonight for finals," ONU head coach Peggy Ewald said. "We ended tonight in 5th out of 10 teams on the women's side and 4th out of 9 teams on the mens side. We had 12 lifetime bests, demonstrating how well we are putting the training work into our racing.
"I'm excited to see what day 2 brings as we will also have our divers competing with us.
We are learning where to continue the focus and where we will need to redirect energy towards to fill in gaps."
The second day will be on Friday with the prelims at 10 am and finals at 6 pm and the third day is Saturday at 10 am and 5 pm. Diving events will take place each day at Timken Natatorium.