No. 7 Ohio State Places Third At B1G Championships
March 1, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The seventh-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team concluded its time at the 2014 Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. Saturday evening with a third-place showing. The University of Michigan, which hosted the conference meet, took home the title, while the Buckeyes put forth a solid 515-point accumulated effort.
At the conclusion of the meet, Matt McHugh, Tim Phillips, Michael DiSalle and Josh Fleagle received First Team All-Big Ten accolades for their outstanding performances over the course of the four-day meet. DJ MacDonald and Connor McDonald were named Second Team All-Big Ten, while Michael Gallagher was Ohio State’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient.
Competing in the 1650 freestyle, junior Rowan Williams earned a season-best time of 15:09.45 for 10th place overall. Also representing Ohio State, senior Alex Miller took 12th in 15:15.47, while sophomore Jovan Mitrovic touched 18th with a time of 14:31.35.
The Buckeyes continued showing their depth with junior class members McDonald and Steven Zimmerman each finishing among the top 10 in the 200 backstroke. With a NCAA “A” cut of 1:40.74, McDonald captured third place. The time lowered the Lake Oswego, Oregon native’s varsity record from its previous mark of 1:40.83, set earlier this season. Zimmerman swam to a sixth-place showing in 1:42.52, while freshman Andrew Appleby placed 16th in 1:46.13.
In the 100 freestyle, DiSalle continued building on his strong performance at Big Tens with a fourth-place finish. His time of 42.95 ranks as the second-fastest mark in school history – only the second finish ever under 43 seconds. Fleagle was also impressive, taking sixth in 43.19 – Ohio State’s third-fastest time in history.
MacDonald, a sophomore this season, dropped a season-best time of 1:57.71 for eighth in the 200 breaststroke. He was followed by teammates Dak Stone and Chris Cowley, who finished in 13th (1:57.59) and 14th (1:57.84), respectively.
Individual swimming events rounded out with the 200 butterfly. Ohio State finished with three team members in the top 10 – Tamas Gercsak, Garrett Trebilcock and Ryan Bubb. Gercsak posted a season-best 1:44.78 for seventh place. Each representing the senior class, Trebilcock garnered a ninth-place finish in 1:45.31, while Bubb followed closely in 10th with a 1:45.99.
In the final event of the championships, the 400 freestyle relay failed to disappoint. Ohio State’s contingent of Phillips, DiSalle, Steffen Hillmer and Fleagle dropped a school-record time of 2:51.68 for third. The previous record of 2:52.00 was set in 2011. A close race to the finish, only six-tenths of a second separated first and third.
In diving, junior standout Stephen Ettienne once again qualified for finals, this time on the 10-meter platform dive. Ettienne, who hails from Waterbury, Conn., picked up a score of 360.70.
As a tune-up for NCAAs, Ohio State will face Georgia Tech in dual meet action March 9 in Atlanta, Ga. The 2014 NCAA Championships will follow, taking place March 27-29 in Austin, Texas.
Ohio State Men’s Swimming and Diving
Final Team Standings:
Top Buckeye Finishers
Thursday: 500 freestyle – 9. Williams (4:18.64); 200 IM – 13. Zimmerman (1:46.75); 50 freestyle – 5. DiSalle (19.71); 1-meter dive – 3. Ettienne (374.95); 400 medley relay – McDonald, Macdonald, McHugh, DiSalle (3:06.63).
Friday: 200 Free Relay – 1. DiSalle, Fleagle, McHugh, Phillips (1:17.93); 400 IM - 6. Gercsak (3:44.98); 100 butterfly – 1. Phillips (45.62); 200 freestyle – 5. DiSalle (1:34.53); 100 breaststroke – 11. Macdonald (53.43); 100 backstroke – 7. McHugh (46.84); 3-meter diving – 6. Ettienne (390.35).
Saturday: 1650 Freestyle – 10. Williams (15:09.45); 200 Backstroke – 3. McDonald (1:40.74); 100 Freestyle – 4. DiSalle (42.95); 200 Breaststroke – 8. MacDonald; 200 Butterfly – 7. Gercsak (1:44.78); Platform Diving – 6. Ettienne (360.70); 400 Freestyle Relay – 3. Phillips, DiSalle, Hillmer, Fleagle (2:51.68).