No. 10 Ohio State Surges Into First Place at OSU Invite
Nov. 23, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Led by four first-place finishes and two second-place finishes, the 10th-ranked Ohio State men's swimming and diving team moved into first place after the second day of the Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational. The Buckeyes have totaled 795 points, ahead of second-ranked Florida (716 points), 18th-ranked Virginia (545 points), Kentucky (341 points) and Purdue, which is competing in diving only (75 points).
"Our goal was to compete at the highest level and I think our guys did that," said head coach Bill Wadley. "We did a great job of in prelims to advance a lot of swimmers to the finals and give ourselves a chance for a big night in the finals. We're swimming a lot of personal best times right now, and to see that in November is very encouraging."
The Buckeyes' performances on Saturday were highlighted by Connor McDonald and Michael DiSalle, who finished first place in the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle, respectively. Other top place winners included Keanu Stevenson (third, 100 breaststroke) and Matt McHugh (second, 100 butterfly).
The evening got kicked off with the 200 yard medley relay which saw the team of McDonald, Stevenson, McHugh and Josh Fleagle finish first with a time of 1:25.57, which is an NCAA automatic qualifying time. The time is also a Ohio State Invitational meet record.
In the 400 yard individual medley, Ohio State's Tamas Gercsak touched the wall in third place (3:45.49).
The next event was the 100 butterfly and McHugh, a freshman, clocked a 47.15 to place second. In third place was Ryan Budd (47.44), followed by Garrett Trebilcock (fourth, 47.67).
In the 200 freestyle, the Buckeyes claimed their second top finish of the night when DiSalle edged out Florida's Mitch D'Arrigo by just .27 seconds. Ohio State finished three-four-five in the event, led by Fleagle (third, 1:36.84), Alex Miller (fourth, 1:36.71) and Steffen Hillmer (fifth, 1:37.11).
Stevenson swam a 54.06 to place third in the 100 breaststroke (46.88), followed by the Buckeyes' third first-place showing of the night when McDonald touched the wall in first place in the 100 backstroke (46.88).
To close out the night, Hillmer, DiSalle, Fleagle and Miller finished second in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 6:27.77.
In diving, senior Christian Holstein was first in the 3-meter (403.60).
The eighth-annual Ohio State Invitational wraps up tomorrow at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The prelims start at 9 a.m. followed by the finals at 3 p.m.
Ohio State Men's Swimming and Diving
Team scores (Day 2 of 3): 1. Ohio State 795, 2. Florida 716, 3. Virginia 545, 4. Kentucky 341, 5. Purdue 75
Top Buckeye Finishes: 200 yard medley relay - 1. Fleagle, Stevenson, McDonald, McHugh (1:25.57); 400 yard individual medley - 3. Gercsak (3:45.49); 100 yard butterfly - 2. McHugh (47.15); 200 yard freestyle - 1. DiSalle (1:35.57); 100 breaststroke - 3. Stevenson (54.06); 100 yard backstroke - 1. McDonald (46.88); 800 freestyle relay - 2. Hillmer, DiSalle, Fleagle, Miller (6:27.77); 3-meter diving - 1. Holstein (403.60)