MSWM&Dive: No. 13 Buckeyes Conclude Regular Season
Feb. 10, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13 Ohio State men’s swimming team closed out the 2013 regular season with seven Top 5 finishes in the finals of day two at the 2013 Winter Invitational. Ohio State will now have two weeks off to prepare for the 2013 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 27-March 2 in Bloomington, Ind.
“The focus this weekend was to give a lot of the guys who didn't get to travel last weekend to Michigan the chance to compete for a full weekend and a full schedule of events,” said head men’s swimming coach Bill Wadley.
“We had some swimmers who were maybe in their final meet. Blaine Kincaid ended up doing very well in the breaststroke with lifetime best times. Also, Andrew Slater, who started off as a manager on the team and ended up trying out and making the team, had a nice meet. It's just great to see somebody go from being the manager to having two Top 3 finishes and a win in a meet."
The Scarlet and Gray began the finals with three-consecutive wins before the first break. Senior Andrew Slater won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:39.67, while freshman Dan DiSalle was seventh overall in a time of 1:46.32. Sophomore Dominic Pecze followed with a victory in the 1:50.87 in the 200 backstroke.
The Buckeyes then took first and second, respectively, in the 200 breaststroke led by senior Blaine Kincaid who placed first with a time of 2:01.68. Sophomore Andrew Braun touched the wall just after Kincaid with a time of 2:01.72, while sophomore John Zucca was fourth overall in 2:08.43.
“The same way with Blaine and Stephen Koch,” Wadley said. “They were cut from the team as freshman, but worked hard and made it back on the team by achieving a qualifying time I set for them. Here they are as seniors, Blaine is winning races and Stephen qualified for the Olympic Trials last summer. It's fun to see these guys go out on a fine note.”
In the 50 freestyle, Slater claimed his second Top 3 performance when he placed third overall with a time of 20.88. Two Buckeyes went third and fourth, respectively, in the 200 butterfly. Sophomore Nick Wrightson was third overall with a time of 1:52.33, while freshman Peter Lyon finished fourth overall (1:52.68).
Freshman David Morgan highlighted the conclusion of the winter invitational, placing first overall with a time of 1:53.61 in the 200 individual medley.
2013 OSU Winter Invite
Ohio State Top Finishes: 200 freestyle – 1. Slater (1:39.67); 200 backstroke - 1. Pecze (1:50.87); 200 breaststroke – 1. Kincaid (2:01.68); 50 freestyle – 3. Slater; 200 butterfly – 3. Wrightson (1:52.33), 4. Lyon (1:52.68); 200 individual medley – 1. Morgan (1:53.61).