Strength and Conditioning recognizes weight room accomplishments
March 26 - April 1, 2013
Buckeyes accumulate 20 individual All-America recognitions; were the third-highest finishing Big Ten team.
Tim Phillips and Shane Miszkiel each collect All-America recognition on the second day of NCAA competition.
Upperclassmen Jason Schnur, Zach Birnbrich, Zach Holmes and Tim Phillips drop a varsity record in 200 freestyle relay for ninth-place.
At a glance: Zach is primarily a sprint freestyler for the Buckeyes and will be a key component for the team during his senior campaign ... represented Ohio State at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200 freestyle ... swam at the U.S. Nationals held in Stanford, Calif., prior to the start of his junior season ... part of a national championship winning 800 freestyle relay team and runner-up 400 freestyle relay at the 2010 Conoco-Phillips U.S. National Championships in Irving, Calif.
As a junior (2012): Earned honorable mention All-America honors at the NCAA championships as a part of the 200 and 800 freestyle relays ... broke a school record as a part of the 200 freestyle relay (1:17.70) ... dropped personal best 50 and 100 freestyle times at the Big Ten championships in 20.07 and 44.00, respectively ... took home second team All-Big Ten honors following the championships in Iowa City, Iowa ... tallied seven individual wins over the course of his junior campaign ... at a tri-meet vs. Michigan and Penn State, Zach was on the 400 freestyle relay team that placed-first ahead of both rival schools ... ranked second on the Buckeyes' depth chart in the 200 freestyle (1:36.05) and third in the 100 freestyle (44.00) ... named an Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
As a sophomore (2011): Part of the Big Ten Champion 400 freestyle relay team ... competed and became an honorable mention All-American in his first NCAA championships ... took 11th at NCAAs with the 800 free relay team and 12th with the 400 freestyle relay ... an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
As a freshman (2010): Zach was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week after winning the 100 and 200 freestyle events at the Ohio State Winter Invite - a meet that included swimmers from Michigan, Purdue and Indiana ... led off the winning 200 free relay at that meet ... an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Background: Zach was a first-team all-state, three-time regional champion and 12-time district champion at Lamar H.S. ... he was also a two-time District Athlete of the Meet and Houston ISD Athlete of the Month ... placed first at regionals in the 500 freestyle ... academically, he received the Arrowhead Award and was chosen a Texas Scholar ... plans to major in journalism at Ohio State.