Buckeyes Top Hawkeyes, Fall to Hoosiers in Tri-Meet
Jan. 19, 2013
The sixth-ranked Ohio State men's swimming and diving team wrapped up a tri-meet Saturday afternoon in Bloomington, Ind., posting a win over No. 18 Iowa (183-105) but falling short to No. 10 Indiana (148-150). Junior Alex Miller led the way for the Buckeyes (7-1), dominating the distance freestyle events to earn two individual wins for the day.
The Scarlet and Gray were a bit shorthanded in diving due to injury as the squad finished the afternoon two points shy of the Hoosiers' total mark.
"Overall, I thought everyone fought tough and competed well," head swimming coach Bill Wadley said. "I was real pleased we won both relays and I thought Alex Miller had an excellent day of racing for us as well as Tim and Jason and Tamas. We weren't able to be at our best today, but this is good experience for us as we take another step closer to the conference championships."
The Buckeyes opened the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay. Comprised of Garrett Trebilcock, Keanu Stevenson, Tim Phillips and Jason Schnur, the relay contingent got Ohio State off to a fast start, finishing in a time of 1:28.63.
Junior Alex Miller continued to build momentum for the Buckeyes, touching first in the 1000 freestyle in a season-best time of 9:09.48. The time ranks as the fourth-fastest 1000 freestyle time recorded in the Big Ten conference thus far this season. Jovan Mitrovic, a recent addition to the Buckeye roster, also tallied points in the event, finishing third in 9:22.38.
In the 200 butterfly, sophomore Tamas Gercsak took the top spot with a time of 1:48.86. The sophomore class also posted impressive performances in the 200 backstroke, with Steven Zimmerman and Connor McDonald earning second and third-place, respectively.
Stevenson followed up a busy day of swimming with a runner-up finish in the 200 breaststroke in 2:02.84, while Miller claimed his second first-place finish of the day, this time in the 500 freestyle in 4:26.61.
The 100 butterfly event also finished with a Buckeye in the top spot as Phillips touched first in 48.22.
Ohio State earned first-place in the 400 freestyle relay behind strong swims from Schnur, Michael Meldon, Miller and Zach Holmes. The group finished in a time of 2:59.75, while Iowa's "A" squad followed in 3:00.32.
Schnur earned an individual win in the 100 freestyle to go along with his two top relay finishes for the day. The Cincinnati, Ohio native took first with a time of 44.92.
The Scarlet and Gray will wrap up the home dual schedule next week, hosting Cincinnati in a co-ed meet Jan. 26 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The team will recognize its senior class before the start of competition as part of Senior Day.
Ohio State Swimming and Diving
Team Scores: 1. Ohio State, 2. Iowa: 183-105; 1. Indiana, 2. Ohio State:150-148.
Ohio State Event Winners: 200 Medley Relay - Trebilcock, Stevenson, Phillips, Schnur (1:28.63); 1000 Freetsyle - Miller (9:09.48); 200 Butterfly - Gercsak (1:48.86); 500 Freestyle - Miller (4:26.61); 100 Butterfly - Phillips (48.22); 400 Freestyle Relay - Schnur, Meldon, Miller, Holmes (2:59.75); 100 Freestyle - Schnur (44.92).