No. 11 Ohio State Jumps Out to First Place at Kenyon Winter Invite
Jan. 17, 2014
GAMBIER, Ohio – The 11th-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team showed no ill-effects from its long hiatus, surging into first place after the opening night of the Kenyon Winter Invite. The Buckeyes compiled 360 points, ahead of Oakland (148), Kenyon (128), Ashland (62) and Cincinnati (42). Ohio State had been off from competition since November’s Ohio State Invitational.
For the Buckeyes, senior Tim Phillips, a returning All-American, made his 2013-14 debut with a victory in the 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay. Phillips spent the fall semester training with an elite team in North Carolina. Additionally, sophomore Josh Fleagle and junior Keanu Stevenson were a multi-event winners. Overall, Ohio State took first place in all eight races.
The evening began with the 200 medley relay where Connor McDonald, Matt McHugh, Stevenson and Phillips touched the wall first with a time of 1:29.38. Behind them in second place was Garrett Trebilcock, DJ MacDonald, Fleagle and Mark Belanger.
Alex Miller won the next event, the 500 freestyle, with a time of 4:25.60 while Phillips continued the Buckeyes’ momentum when he picked up a victory in the 100 butterfly (47.76). Phillips' time is an NCAA "B" cut. McHugh was second (49.06) followed by Peter Lyon (50.57).
In the 100 backstroke, Steven Zimmerman touched the wall first in 48.08 while Fleagle earned his first win of the night in the next event, the 100 freestyle, when he clocked a 44.40. Stevenson notched his second win of the night in the 100 breaststroke (55.56) where he was followed close behind in second place by MacDonald (55.71).
In the 400 individual medley, Tamas Gercsak clocked a 3:57.73 to finish first and the night was closed out by a Buckeye win in the 200 freestyle relay by Fleagle, Vladislav Komarov, Phillips and Michael DiSalle (1:21.59).
Action continues at the Kenyon Invite tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m.
Ohio State Men's Swimming and Diving
Team Scores: Ohio State 360, Oakland 148, Kenyon 128, Ashland 62, Cincinnati 42
Top Buckeye Finishes: 200 medley relay – 1. McDonald, McHugh, Stevenson, Phillips (1:29.38); 500 freestyle – 1. Miller (4:25.60); 100 butterfly – 1. Phillips (47.76); 100 backstroke – 1. Zimmerman (48.50); 100 freestyle – 1. Fleagle (44.40); 100 breaststroke – 1. Stevenson (55.56); 400 individual medley – 1. Gercsak (3:57.73); 200 freestyle relay – 1. Fleagle, Komarov, Phillips, DiSalle (1:21.59)