Buckeyes finish seventh-consecutive season among the NCAA Top 20
March 30, 2013
After three days of competition, the Ohio State men's swimming and diving team concluded the 2013 NCAA Championships at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. in 12th place with 87 points. The Buckeyes accumulated 20 individual All-America recognitions and were the third-highest finishing Big Ten Conference team while Michigan won the team title.
Adding to Ohio State's All-America total, sophomore Tamas Gercsak placed ninth in the 200 butterfly in a new OSU varsity record time of 1:43.54. A native of Budapest, Hungry, Gercsak already held the Buckeyes' top time in the event, but dropped three-tenths of a second in his first NCAA championship meet to set the new standard.
Junior distance standout Alex Miller kicked off the evening with a personal best time of 14:57.29 in the 1650 freestyle for 19th-place.
In the 200 backstroke, sophomores Connor McDonald and Steven Zimmerman each placed among the Top 30. McDonald dropped a time of 1:42.56 for 22nd-place, while Zimmerman placed 28th by touching the wall in 1:43.39. The classmates were each competing in their first NCAA championship meet.
The Buckeyes ended their championship run with the 400 freestyle relay. Seniors Jason Schnur and Zach Holmes along with teammates Tim Phillips and Michael DiSalle picked up honorable mention All-America accolades with an 11th-place finish in 2:52.92.
Ohio State Top Finishers (Day 3): 1650 freestyle - 19. Miller (14:57.29); 200 backstroke - 22. McDonald (1:42.58); 200 butterfly - 9. Gercsak (1:43.54); 400 freestyle relay - 11. Schnur, Phillips, Holmes and DiSalle (2:52.91).
Buckeye Honorable Mention All-Americans:
Jason Schnur (200 freestyle relay, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay)
Zach Birnbrich (200 freestyle relay)
Zach Holmes (200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay)
Tim Phillips (200 freestyle relay, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay)
Garrett Trebilcock (400 medley relay, 200 medley relay)
Keanu Stevenson (400 medley relay, 200 medley relay)
Tamas Gercsak (400 IM, 200 butterfly)
Michael DiSalle (400 freestyle relay)
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