Phillips, Miszkiel NCAA All-Americans; Buckeyes Climb to 11th
March 29, 2013
With the second day of action at the 2013 NCAA Championships in the books, the Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team propelled into 11th-place with 66 total points earned. The Buckeyes ended Friday at IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. strong with individuals contributing to the team scoring total in four different events – 200 medley relay, 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly and 3-meter dive.
A native of Vienna, W. Va., Phillips qualified for the 100 butterfly finals in the fifth-place slot with a preliminary time of 45.99. Moving onto finals, Phillips dropped a time of 46.19 to finish eighth. The ranking merited Phillips All-America status as well as collected 11 points toward the team total.
As a follow-up to his performance on 1-meter dive Thursday, Miszkiel picked up All-America honors in the 3-meter dive by taking seventh with a finals score of 394.45. Miszkiel, who tallied 12 points for OSU, improved his preliminary score by 8.95 points in the finals.
Similar to the first day of competition, Ohio State’s relay units once again provided positive momentum.
Beginning with the 200 medley relay quartet of Garrett Trebilcock, Keanu Stevenson, Phillips and Jason Schnur, OSU notched a spot in the consolation finals with a prelim time of 1:25.80. In finals, the group touched in 1:25. 37 for a ninth-place finish. For their effort, each member of the group was recognized as an honorable mention All-American.
The 800 freestyle relay, comprised of Zach Holmes, Phillips, Alex Miller and Michael DiSalle, earned 18th-place in 6:25.47.
In his first trip to the NCAA Championships, sophomore Tamas Gercsak qualified for the consolation finals of the 400 individual medley, which resulted in a 14th-place finish in 3:45.75. Gercsak was awarded with honorable mention All-America accolades in the process.
Two Buckeyes - Miller and Holmes – added to their 800 freestyle relay performance with a 33rd and 35th-place result in the 200 freestyle relay. In prelims, Miller recorded a time of 1:36.34, while Holmes dropped a 1:36.54.
Similarly, in the 100 backstroke Ohio State’s Connor McDonald and Steven Zimmerman finished back-to-back in prelims for 29th and 30th-place, respectively. The pair was separated by two-one hundredths of a second with nearly identical times of 47.37 and 47.39, respectively.
The Buckeyes will once again return to the 2013 NCAA Championships Saturday with preliminary competition scheduled for an 11 a.m. start time. Finals will resume at 7 p.m. and feature championships in the 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 400 freestyle relay and platform diving.
Ohio State Top Finishers: 200 medley relay – 9. Trebilcock, Stevenson, Phillips and Schnur (1:25.37); 400 IM – 14. Gercsak (3:45.75); 100 butterfly – 8. Phillips (46.19); 200 freestyle – 33. Miller (1:36.34); 100 backstroke – 29. McDonald (47.37); 3-meter dive – 7. Miszkiel (394.45); 800 freestyle relay – 18. Holmes, Phillips, Miller and DiSalle (6:25.47).