Ohio State Opens NCAA Championships
March 27, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – On the opening evening of the 2014 NCAA Championships, the Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team acquired 12 points to hold 20th-place in the national standings. Hosted by the University of Texas in Austin, the meet will continue with competition tomorrow (Friday) through Saturday.
In the 200 freestyle relay, the Buckeyes qualified as the 14th-fastest with a time of 1:18.02. In finals, the contingent of Josh Fleagle, Michael DiSalle, Matt McHugh and Tim Phillips rebounded with a season-best mark of 1:17.89 for 11th overall. From the finish, Ohio State picked up 12 points toward its team total.
Also representing the Scarlet and Gray in finals was the 400 medley relay grouping of Garrett Trebilcock, DJ MacDonald, McHugh and DiSalle. In prelims, OSU touched in 3:07.47 for ninth. However, the Buckeyes disqualified after an underwater violation at the 15-meter mark in finals.
Tamas Gercsak competed in preliminary competition of the 200 individual medley. With a time of 1:47.06, the Buckeye junior placed 48th overall.
Competition will resume tomorow at 11 a.m. CDT for prelims, while finals will commence at 7 p.m. CDT. Events will include the 200 medley relay, 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 800 freestyle relay.
Ohio State Men’s Swimming and Diving
Top Buckeye Finishers: 200 Freestyle Relay – 11. Fleagle, DiSalle, McHugh, Phillips (1:17.89); 200 IM – 48. Gercsak (1:47.06).