Buckeyes Climb to Third at Magnus Cup Invitational
Nov. 17, 2012
On the second day of competition at the Magnus Cup Invitational hosted by Cleveland State University, the Ohio State men's swimming and diving team climbed into third-place with 730 total points. The Buckeyes, led by a runner-up performance in the 100 backstroke by junior Michael Gallagher, held strong Saturday despite competing with a reduced lineup.
A native of Sandusky, Ohio, Gallagher placed second in the 100 backstroke in a time of 51.41, while fellow Buckeye Michael Meldon followed closely in third-place with a time of 51.68. The pair added 41 points to Ohio State's total with their combined effort.
The 200 medley relay of Gallagher, Jared Kauffman, Gavin Trebilcock and Meldon kicked off the night with a fifth-place showing. The group finished in a time of 1:34.61. Trebilcock, a sophomore this season, also went on to record an 11th-place finish in the 100 butterfly (52.82).
Gallagher continued to showcase strong swimming by finishing fifth in the 400 individual medley in 4:07.74, while senior Andrew Slater took ninth in the 200 freestyle in 1:46.17.
Wrapping up the night for the Scarlet and Gray, Kauffman held on to touch fourth in the 100 breaststroke (56.98). Also, the 800 freestyle relay of Gallagher, Slater, Meldon and Nick Wrightson finished fifth in 7:02.10.
Ohio State will return for the final day of the Magnus Cup Invitational Sunday morning with prelims beginning at 9 a.m. The event finals will once again be held in an afternoon session.
Men's Swimming & Diving
Ohio State Top Finishers: 200 medley relay - 5) Gallagher, Kauffman, Trebilcock, Meldon (1:34.61); 400 IM - 5) Gallagher (4:07.74); 100 butterfly - 11) Trebilcock (52.82); 200 freestyle - 9) Slater (1:46.17); 100 breaststroke - 4) Kauffman (56.98); 100 backstroke - 2) Gallagher (51.41); 800 freestyle relay - 5) Gallagher, Slater, Meldon, Wrightson (7:02.10).