By Tim Glon
AKRON — Sophomore Nolan Huey (Fort Collins, Colo./Fossil Ridge) broke the school and OAC record in the 200 I.M. to lead the Ohio Northern men on the first day of the 2018 Ohio Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships on Thursday at the University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium.
Huey touched in 1:51.10, breaking the OAC and ONU record of 1:51.63, set in 2013 by Jordan Breitigam. His time also surpasses the NCAA "B" Cut of 1:51.98.
Huey also broke the school record in the 100 back, covering the first leg of the 400 medley relay in :50.53, a full second faster than his previous mark of :51.59.
Ohio Northern is third in the team standings with 178 points.
The 200 free relay team of junior Pete He (Mason), senior Thomas Golba (Kettering/Alter), junior Justin Chapman (Springboro) and senior Ian Simpson (Strongsville) started the meet with a victory in 1:23.41, just .08 of a second off the OAC record.
The top three finishers in each individual event and the top two relay teams earn All-Conference honors.
Freshman Ryan Mow (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) earned All-OAC kudos in the 500 free, finishing third in 4:43.07.
He earned All-Conference accolades in the 50 free by finishing third in :21.13.
The Polar Bears are gunning for their 13th OAC Championships crown under 14th-year head coach Peggy Ewald and are in third place out of five teams through five of the 20 events.
John Carroll holds a slim 219-181 lead over Mount Union with Wilmington in fourth with 101 points and Baldwin Wallace in fifth with 85 points.
Day two of the three-day championships is Friday with prelims at 10 am and finals at 6 pm and the final day is Saturday with prelims at 10 am and finals at 5:30 pm.
Team Standings After Day 1
1. John Carroll 219, 2. Mount Union 181, 3. Ohio Northern 178, 4. Wilmington 101, 5. Baldwin Wallace 85.