No. 10 Buckeyes Down Cincinnati on Senior Day

Go Buckeyes! Luke Stirton
Go Buckeyes!
Luke Stirton
Go Buckeyes!

Jan. 26, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 10 Ohio State men's swimming and diving team downed Cincinnati, 152-133, Saturday afternoon at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. With the victory, the Buckeyes improve to 8-1 in dual competition and will now prepare for a Top 10 matchup at No. 1 Michigan next weekend.

"Senior Day is special moment in the lives of these young people, who get a chance to reflect on their experiences over the last four years," head swimming coach Bill Wadley said. "Our seniors are no different and they have really enjoyed their time here and to be able to win today is like icing on the cake. My applause goes out to the guys for their effort and consistency they continue to show each week."

The Ohio State senior class was honored before the start of the competition vs. the Bearcats. Overall, four different seniors picked up event individual victories against Cincinnati.

The Buckeyes jumped out to the early lead when the quarter of junior Garrett Trebilcock, sophomore Keanu Stevenson, senior Jason Schnur and senior Zach Birnbrich won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:28.80.

In the 1650 freestyle, Buckeye distance swimmer Alex Miller continued his strong swimming in the event, posting a time of 15:30.. Senior Zach Holmes picked up his first individual win of the afternoon in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:40.17, while junior Garrett Trebilcock picked up  the win in the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.35.

Stevenson earned another win in the 100 breaststroke with a time 56.28, while freshman DJ MacDonald posted second with a time of 56.98. In the 200 butterfly, senior Luke Stirton had a strong swim when he touched the wall first at 1:50.88. David Morgan (1:52.82) was second, while Ryan Bubb (1:54.75) placed third overall, respectively.

Schnur had a strong outing in the 50 freestyle, finishing first with a time 20.58, while freshmen Dan DiSalle and Gunnar Wolfe rounded out the Top 3 before the first break of competition.  Birnbrich continued the senior charge for the Buckeyes when he touched the wall first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 45.41, while freshman Josh Fleagle was second with a time of 45.73.

Ohio State swept the Top 3 in the 200 backstroke led by sophomore Connor McDonald in 1:51.53 followed by sophomore Dominic Pecze (1:53.50) and senior Andrew Spurling (1:53.66).

MacDonald earned his first career win in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:05.01 followed by sophomore Chris Cowley in 2:06.85.

In the 500 freestyle, sophomore Alex Osterhage cruised his way to a first-place mark of 4:42.29, while sophomore Nick Wrightson was second with a time of 4:44.54. The win was the first for Osterhage this season in the distance event.

Schnur (52.45) and Stirton (52.96) were neck-and-neck during the 100 butterfly as the two OSU seniors went first and second, respectively. Sophomore Steven Zimmerman won the final individual event for the Buckeyes in the 400 medley with a time of 3:59.25. Ohio State wrapped up the day with a first-place finish in the 800 freestyle relay when the group of Miller, Disalle, Williams and Holmes touched in at 6:49.65.

In diving, junior Shane Miszkiel swept both diving events, winning the 1-meter springboard with a score of 406.50, while picking up the victory in the 3-meter with a score of 420.98.

Ohio State Men's Swimming and Diving
Saturday, January 26, 2013
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Columbus, Ohio

Team Scores: 1. Ohio State 152; 2. Cincinnati 133

Ohio State Event Wins: 200 medley relay - 1. Trebilcock, Stevenson, Schnur and Birnbrich (1:28.80); 1650 freestyle - 1. Miller (15:30.16); 200 freestyle - 1. Holmes (1:40.17); 100 backstroke - 1. Trebilcock (50.35); 100 breaststroke  - 1. Stevenson (56.28); 200 butterfly - 1. Stirton (1:50.88); 50 freestyle - 1. Schnur (20.58); 100 freestyle - 1. Birnbrich (45.41) ; 200 backstroke - 1. McDonald (1:51.53); 200 breaststroke - 1. MacDonald (2:05.01); 500 freestyle - 1. Osterhage (4:42.89);  100 butterfly  - 1. Schnur (52.45); 400 individual medley  - 1. Zimmerman (3:58.29); 800 freestyle relay - 1. Miller, Disalle, Williams, Holmes (6:49.65); 3-meter springboard - Miszkiel (420.98); 1-meter springboard - 1. Miszkiel (406.50).