Buckeyes Dethrone Lords, 186-101
Oct. 25, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 11 Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team claimed a 186-101 victory over the Kenyon College Lords Friday evening at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. It was a solid showing for the Buckeyes, as the squad touched first in 14 swimming events to compliment two wins from the diving contingent.
“I was very pleased with our freshmen,” Ohio State head coach Bill Wadley said. “Our upper classmen have done a very good job of allowing our freshmen to become an important part of our team. There’s still more in terms of teamwork that we want to accomplish, but really I think our guys are coming together pretty well.”
Ohio State kicked off the evening with a one, two finish in the 200 medley relay. Ryan Bubb, Kevin Bressler, Matt McHugh and Mark Belanger placed first for the Buckeyes with a time of 1:31.40. The relay of Andrew Appleby, Chris Cowley, Peter Lyon and Gunnar Wolfe took second in 1:34.30.
Distance specialist Alex Miller continued to build early momentum for the Scarlet and Gray with a win in the 1000 freestyle (9:17.39).
The attention then turned to freshman standout Steffen Hillmer, who touched first in the 200 freestyle with a mark of 1:39.78. Hillmer has been impressive for the Buckeyes early this season after picking up Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors following a season-opening win vs. Kentucky.
In the 100 backstroke, McHugh, another member of the freshmen class, earned a first-place finish. Hailing from West Bend, Wis., McHugh dropped a time of 49.18 in the event. Sophomore DJ MacDonald followed it up with another Buckeye victory, this time in the 100 breaststroke (56.20).
The 200 butterfly went to Tamas Gercsak, who earned a time of 1:51.53. David Morgan and Bubb followed Gercsak in second and third, respectively. The race marked the fourth event of the evening that resulted in a Buckeye sweep on the podium.
Sophomore Josh Fleagle took the next event, the 50 freestyle, in a time of 20.35. Following a brief break in action, Fleagle conquered his second victory of meet with a 44.38 performance in the 100 freestyle.
Moving on to the 200 backstroke, junior Steven Zimmerman notched his first win of the meet with a time of 1:49.12. In the 200 breaststroke, Macdonald was once again victorious for the Buckeyes with a 2:04.20 performance. Miller continued the streak, also claiming his second win with a 4:34.88 time in the 500 freestyle.
The freshmen class continued to impress with another first-place touch from McHugh. In his third win of the evening, second individually, McHugh dropped a solid 48.62 in the 100 butterfly.
Sophomore Jovan Mitrovic rounded up the meet’s individual events with a personal-best time of 1:53.35 in the 200 individual medley. The Buckeyes then concluded with a top-time of 3:00.92 in the 400 freestyle behind swims from Belanger, Hillmer, Miller and Fleagle.
Ohio State will return to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Friday, Nov. 1 to take on Virginia Tech, Cleveland State and Denison. The meet is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start time.
Ohio State Men’s Swimming and Diving
Team scores: Ohio State 186, Kenyon 101
Top Buckeye Finishes: 200 medley relay – 1. Bubb, Bressler, McHugh, Belanger(1:31.40); 1000 freestyle – 1. Miller (9:17.39); 200 freestyle – 1. Hillmer (1:39.78); 100 backstroke – 1. McHugh (49.18); 100 breaststroke – 1. MacDonald (56.20); 200 butterfly – 1. Gercsak (1:51.53); 50 freestyle – 1. Fleagle (20.35); 100 freestyle – 1. Fleagle (44.38); 200 backstroke – 1. Zimmerman (1:49.12); 200 breaststroke – 1. MacDonald (2:04.20); 500 freestyle – 1. Miller (4:34.88); 100 butterfly – 1. McHugh (48.62); 200 IM – 1. Mitrovic (1:53.35); 400 freestyle relay – McHugh, Hillmer, Miller, Fleagle (3:00.92); 1-meter diving – 1. Holstein (356.40); 3-meter diving – 1. Ettienne (410.03).