Buckeyes Round Out NCAA Championships In 18th
March 29, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's swimming and diving team concluded its season Saturday evening in Austin, Texas with an 18th-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships. The Buckeyes accumulated 54 points, with four relays and two individuals earning All-America recognition during the three-day national showcase.
On the final day of the championships, Ohio State qualified for finals in the 400 freestyle relay event. In prelims, the quartet of Michael DiSalle, Josh Fleagle, Steffen Hillmer and Tim Phillips earned the top-seed among Big Ten relays with a time of 2:52.08, the then third-fastest time in school history. Moving onto finals, the squad only continued to impress with a 2:51.26-finish for ninth place.
The time set a new Ohio State varsity record in the event, which was previously set at the 2014 Big Ten Championships by the same crew (2:51.68). It also earned the Buckeyes four more honorable mention All-America accolades.
In preliminary action, Buckeye junior Connor McDonald dropped a time of 1:41.99 in the 200 backstroke to place 21st overall. Also representing the Scarlet and Gray in the event was junior Steven Zimmerman, who earned a time of 1:42.66 for a 26th-place finish.
A native of Budapest, Hungary, Tamas Gercsak touched 29th in the 200 butterfly with a mark of 1:45.03.
The team title was awarded to the University of California, which tallied 468.5 total points. As for the depth of the Big Ten Conference, Ohio State was the fourth-highest placing team, with Michigan (4), Indiana (10), Penn State (17) and Minnesota (22) all cracking the Top 25.
Ohio State Men's Swimming and Diving
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Top Buckeye Finishers
Friday: 200 Medley Relay - 19. Trebilcock, MacDonald, Phillips, Fleagle (1:26.16); 400 IM - 29. Gercsak (3:47.72); 100 Butterfly - 3. Phillips (45.10); 200 Free - 11. DiSalle (1:34.21); 100 Backstroke - 27. McDonald (46.90); 800 Freestyle Relay - 16. Fleagle, Hillmer, Williams, DiSalle (6:23.42).
Saturday: 200 Backstroke - 21. McDonald (1:41.99); 200 Butterfly - 29. Gercsak (1:45.03); 400 Freestyle Relay - 9. DiSalle, Fleagle, Hillmer, Phillips (2:51.26).