March 25, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team concluded its season Saturday night (March 24) with a 12th-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving championships held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. The Buckeyes, who earned a team total of 106 points, finished the weekend with 22 individual All-America recognitions.
After a solid start to the championships Thursday night with a third-place, school record-breaking finish in the 50 freestyle, junior Jason Schnur continued his impressive showing with a top 10 finish in the 100 freestyle. Schnur earned All-America honorable mention recognition with a tenth-place finish in a time of 42.70, an Ohio State school record.
Capping a successful senior season was backstroker Andrew Elliott. The Ohio State 200 back record holder finished 10th in the event with a time of 1:42.23. The Granger, Ind., product clocked a time of 1:42.18 in the prelims.
Senior Brent Hitchcock took 21st in the 1650 freestyle in 15:08.43, while sophomore Alex Miller followed closely in 22nd with a time of 15:09.63. Junior Luke Stirton placed 28th in the 200 butterfly with a preliminary time of 1:46.58.
In diving, sophomore Shane Miszkiel wrapped up his championships with a 22nd-place finish on the platform. Miszkiel recorded a score of 305.00 in preliminaries to earn the spot.
The University of California clinched its second consecutive NCAA championship with a 1-2 finish in the 200-yard butterfly. The Golden Bears totaled 535.5 points, while runner-up Texas followed with 491. Stanford rounded out the Top 3 with 426.5 total points.
Men’s Swimming & Diving
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center
Federal Way, Wash.
200 Freestyle: 1) Texas: James Feigen (41.95); 10) Jason Schur (42.70); 200 Breaststroke: 1) Louisville: Carlos Almeida (1:51.88); 1650 Freestyle: 1) Georgia: Martin Grodzki (14:24.08); 21) Brent Hitchcock (15:08.43); 22) Alex Miller (15:09.63); 200 Butterfly: 1) California: Will Hamilton (1:40.94); 28) Luke Stirton (1:46.58); Platform Diving: 1) Arizona: Ben Grado (487.25); 22) Shane Miszkiel (305.00); 200 Backstroke: 1) Arizona: Cory Chitwood (1:39.66); 10) Andrew Elliott (1:42.23); 400 Freestyle Relay: 1) Texas (2:49.83); 17) Ohio State: Lincoln Fahrbach, Jason Schnur, Zach Holmes, Zach Birnbrich (2:55.18)
Bryon Tansel Named Assistant Coach
Matt Bowe Named Associate Head Coach