Double Dual: A Great Day for Buckeye Swimming and Diving
Nov. 9, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's swimming and diving team did not back down from its challenge of sending half the team to Knoxville, Tenn., while keeping half home to compete against Miami as the Buckeyes pulled off two dual wins Friday.The No. 22 Buckeyes (5-0, 0-0 Big Ten) defeated No. 13 Tennessee, 176.50-123.50, while downing Miami, 140-112, in Columbus at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Head coach Bill Wadley, who is in his 24th season at the helm of the Scarlet and Gray, was very pleased with his team's effort.
"I thought our leadership played a significant role in the outcome of the meet and everybody had an important role to play," Wadley said. "We won the close races against a very good team and winning those types of races gave us momentum moving forward. The guys had fun today and did an excellent job."
In Knoxville, the Buckeyes jumped out to the early lead after claiming the first three events of the meet. The Buckeye 200 medley relay team comprised of Steven Zimmerman, Keanu Stevenson, Tim Phillips and Jason Schnur and took first to start things off with a time of 1:28.56.
Junior distance swimmer Alex Miller looked strong in his two races against the Volunteers, claiming wins in the 1000 freestyle (9:16.38) and 500 freestyle (4:28.17), respectively. The Buckeyes held a 123.50-83 advantage over the Volunteers following the conclusion of the 500 freestyle.
In the 100 breaststroke, Stevenson tallied his second win of the season in the event with a time of 55.94, while classmate Tamas Gercsak also collected his second victory in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:48.96.
The Scarlet and Gray wrapped up a fast afternoon of swimming with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay (2:57.62) that included Zach Holmes, Schnur, Birnbrich and Phllips. Overall, Ohio State claimed 10 victories against the Volunteers.
In diving, Shane Miszkiel, the back-to-back Big Ten Diver of the Week, won the three-meter springboard competition with a total score of 387.98, while Christian Holstein finished second in the one-meter event with a total score of 349.80.
In Columbus, led by first-year assistant coach Dave Rollins, the Buckeyes took event wins in 11 events vs. the RedHawks, while five underclassmen earned victories.
"The guys were fired up from the beginning of the meet tonight and they were excited to swim fast," Rollins said. "A lot of guys had a chance to step up against a good Miami team and I'm really happy with the performance they showed tonight."
Junior Michael Gallagher, sophomore Jared Kauffman and sophomore Sean Monahan highlighted the meet with two individual wins each, respectively. Gallagher won in the 100 backstroke (51.38) and 200 backstroke (1:52.10), while Kauffman claimed victories in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke (2:07.28). Monahan claimed the distance wins for the Buckeyes, winning the 1000 freestyle (9:35.26) and the 500 freestyle (4:42.92).
Sophomore Nick Wrightson followed with a time of 1:43.65 in the 200 freestyle to earn a first-place finish for the Scarlet and Gray.
Ohio State wrapped up the meet winning the last three events of the evening. Lyon earned the win in the 100 butterfly (50.91), while Morgan collected a time of 1:53.43 in the 200 medley to earn his first win.
Men's Swimming and Diving Twin Win No. 1
Team Scores: 1. Ohio State - 176.50; 2. Tennessee - 123.50
Ohio State Event Winners: 200 medley relay - Zimmerman, Stevenson, Phillips and Schnur (1:28.56); 1000 freestyle - Miller (9:16.38); 200 freestyle - Phillips (1:38.85); 100 breaststroke - Stevenson (55.94); 200 butterfly - Gercsak (1:48.96); 50 freestyle - Schnur (20.26); 3-meter springboard - Miszkiel (387.98); 500 freestyle - Miller (4:28.17); 100 butterfly - Phillips (48.81); 400 freestyle relay - Holmes, Schnur, Birnbrich and Phllips (2:57.62).
Men's Swimming Twin Win No. 2
Team Scores: 1. Ohio State 140; 2. Miami 112.
Ohio State Event Winners: 200 medley relay - Lyon, Morgan, Yunker and Hutchinson (1:35.16); 1000 freestyle - Monahan (9:35.26); 200 freestyle - Wrightson (1:43.65); 100 backstroke - Gallagher (51.38); 100 breaststroke - Kauffman (57.52); 200 butterfly - Yunker (1:52.61); 200 backstroke - Gallagher (1:52.10); 200 backstroke - Kauffman (2:07.28); 500 freestyle - Monahan (4:42.92); 100 butterfly - Lyon (50.91); 200 indvidual medley - Morgan; 400 freestyle relay - Meldon, Callahan, Disalle, Wrightson (3:08.42).