Ten members of the men's swimming and diving team were among a university-record 10,642 individuals who received degrees and certificates in graduation ceremonies at Ohio Stadium Sunday
Team members were recently recognized for excellence in and out of the water
Ohio State in 11th place after day one at the national meet
Championships March 22-24 in Seattle
NCAA Championships March 22-24 in Seattle
Ohio State Overview: Markus is building a fine resume full of lofty achievements as a Buckeye swimmer ... now in his fourth season with the team ... last year he competed in his second NCAA Championships finishing 12th in the 200 backstroke ... Markus was one of only three juniors on the team to have competed at each of the past three Big Ten Championships ... has scored points for the Buckeyes in five individual events at the conference championships, including making the 2010 finals in the 100 backstroke (seventh after placing 11th in 2009) and 200 individual medley (fifth after placing 12th in 2009) ... set the school record in the 200 IM at Big Tens, clocking a 1:45.40 time in a preliminary swim ... went on to compete at the 2010 NCAA championships, finishing 31st in the 200 backstroke in a personal best 1:44.49 time (sixth-fastest at Ohio State) and also competed in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke ... owns an Ohio State Top 6 time in the 100 backstroke (48.20) ... Markus is an outstanding student, as well ... majoring in electrical and computer engineering, he was named a Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar in 2010 for having at least a 3.70 grade point average for the entire year ... was named the team's John Bruce Award winner following the 2010 campaign for his commitment to excellence ... in 2009 he was named a Scholar All-American by the National Swimming Coaches Association of America ... a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree ... says he would like to use his degree to "get involved with some sort of crazy technology like the nuclear fusion reactor experiment in southern France."
Background: After swimming four years at the Gesamtschule Alter Teichweg, Markus was an exchange student and spent a year of H.S. at Martins Ferry High, in southeastern Ohio ... his 100 freestyle time - converted - was ranked second nationally among H.S. seniors by collegeswimming.com.