No. 10 Ohio State Takes First Place at OSU Invitational
Nov. 24, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 10 Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team took first place at the eighth-annual Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational, topping second-ranked Florida, 12th-ranked Virginia, Kentucky and Purdue. The Buckeyes finished with 1,137 points, just 46.5 points ahead of Florida (1,090 points).
“I couldn’t be happier with the way we swam this weekend,” said head coach Bill Wadley. “We had some great times for this point in the season. It’s also a credit to the great competition we had this weekend – Florida, Kentucky, Purdue and Virginia really brought out the best in us. Now our focus is on finals, staying healthy and getting ready for winter training.”
Ohio State’s performance on the final day was highlighted by junior Connor McDonald, who finished first in the 200 backstroke with a school-record time of 1:40.83. It is also an NCAA “A” qualifying time. The previous record was 1:41.22, set in 2012 by Andrew Elliott.
In addition to McDonald’s performance in the 200 backstroke, Steven Zimmerman had a third place showing in the event, finishing in 1:42.66.
The Buckeyes followed up the 200 backstroke with a second-third-fourth showing in the 100 freestyle, led by Josh Fleagle (second, 43.59) and Michael DiSalle (third, 43.61) and Vladislav Komarov (fourth, 43.67). Steffen Hillmer rounded out the top Ohio State finishers when he touched the wall in sixth place (44.45).
Chris Cowley was Ohio State’s top finisher in the next event, the 200 breaststroke, clocking a time of 1:58.46 to take fifth place. Teammate DJ MacDonald was sixth (1:58.51), Dmitry Dolgov was seventh (1:58.58) and Dak Stone was eighth (1:58.91).
The finals wrapped up with the 400 free relay where the team of Fleagle, Hillmer, Komarov and DiSalle finished in second place with a time of 2:53.85.
On hiatus for the month of December, Ohio State will return to competition on Jan. 17-18 at the Kenyon Winter Invitational.
Ohio State Men’s Swimming and Diving
Team scores (Final): 1. Ohio State 1,137 points, 2. Florida 1,090.5 points, 3. Virginia 801.5 points, 4. Kentucky 476 points, Purdue (diving only) 133 points
Top Buckeye Finishes: Platform diving – 8. Holstein (286.65); 1650 yard freestyle – 5. Miller (15:10.55); 200 yard backstroke – 1. McDonald (1:40.83); 100 freestyle – 2. Fleagle (43.59); 200 yard breaststroke – 5. Cowley (1:58.46); 200 yard butterfly – 3. Gercsak (1:45.24); 400 yard freestyle relay – 2. Fleagle, Hillmer, Komarov, DiSalle (2:53.85)