Phil Seleskie Biography
Ohio State Overview: Phil is an experienced, savvy veteran in the water ... he held the Ohio State 200 backstroke record for a time and he enters his senior season with the second-fastest 200 back time (1:43.50) and the fifth-fastest 400 individual medley time (3:49.86) ... he has two Big Ten Conference championship meet final races to his credit - he was sixth in the 100 backstroke at the 2008 Big Tens and he was eighth in the 200 backstroke in 2009 - and he is one of only a handful of three-year point scorers for the Buckeyes at the conference championships ... last year, he was 10th in the 400 individual medley at Big Tens and ninth in the 200 backstroke and the Buckeyes won their first Big Ten championship in 54 years ... he also has scored points in individual races at Big Tens in the 200 individual medley (2009) and the 200 backstroke (2008) ... Phil was named the team's Carl Wirthwein Award winner following the 2008-09 season for being the team's most improved swimmer ... he was named the Mike Cochran Award winner following the 2007-08 season for being the team's co-most promising freshman swimmer ... Phil has an extensive national meet resume, having competed at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team trials in Omaha, Neb., and the 2009 U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis.
Background: Phil was a six-time letterwinner and all-state honoree at Hastings H.S. while winning four Minnesota H.S. state championships in the 100 backstroke ... earned All-American honors his final four years in both the 100 backstroke and the 200 individual medley ... two-year captain and team MVP ... he is the son of Andrew and Theresa Seleskie and has two swimming siblings: sister Katie swam for Purdue and brother Michael swam for UW-Green Bay.
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