COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The second-ranked Big Red women's swimming and diving team dropped a 214.5-80.5 decision to The Ohio State University on Friday night at the McCorckle Aquatic Pavilion.
Junior Maddie Hopkins posted Denison's top performance with a runner-up finish in the 100 butterfly. Hopkins' time of 57.36 was eight hundredths of a second faster than OSU senior Rebekah Bradley. The junior was also fifth in the 50 free (24.38), part of the 200 free relay that logged the second-best time of the night and one-fourth of the fifth-place 200 medley relay squad.
Gabriella Nutter, who was also part of both relay teams, took third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.32. In addition to swimming on the fifth-place 200 medley team, senior Kate Mesaros also recorded the fifth-fastest times in both the 100 (1:05.90) and 200 (2:24.60) breaststroke events. Fellow seniors Casey Kirby and Michaela Morrison made up the other half of the 200 relay team that registered the third-best time of the evening. Kirby was also on the 200 medley relay team and had the fifth-best performance in the 200 back at 2:09.33.
Naomi Clayton led the Big Red on the boards, placing fourth in the one-meter event with a total score of 245.18 and fifth on the three-meter board (228.23).
Denison will return to the pool in three weeks when they host the Denison Invitational (Dec. 4-7) at the Trumbull Aquatics Center.