Nov. 30, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 10 Ohio State men's swimming and diving team shined on day one of the 2012 Ohio State Invitational, leading a talented field of competitors with 361 points. The Buckeyes claimed wins in three out of the six events.
"I'd have to say I really like the team's effort in terms of the total team racing hard and competing tough," head swimming coach Bill Wadley said. "That was our goal coming in, to get as many swims in as we can and race as hard as you can. We won our share tonight that's for sure. The 200 freestyle relay and the 400 medley relay were excellent. We have sort of a team attitude about our relays."
The team top-five standings after day one look like this: Ohio State is followed by Florida (278.5), North Carolina (183.5), Wisconsin (123) and Indiana (85).
The evening opened up with a terrific first event in the 200-yard freestyle relay as the Buckeyes posted the fastest time in the country to date. The relay, comprised of seniors Jason Schnur, Zach Birnbrich, Zach Holmes and redshirt junior Tim Phillips, notched a meet record and a NCAA "B" time of 1:17.84.
The fast racing continued in the 500 freestyle when junior Alex Miller claimed the second fastest time in the country to date at 4:19.51 (NCAA "B" time) to win the event.
"Alex Miller's 500 freestyle was a heck of a swim for right now," Wadley said. "A lot of guys though, Tamas Gercsak in the 200 individual medley and the four guys in the 50 freestyle did a really nice job. Really we had nothing but good things come out of the day."
In the 200 individual medley, sophomore Tamas Gercsak notched a season-best time of 1:46.09 for fourth overall for the Buckeyes, while junior Garrett Trebilcock and sophomore Keanu Stevenson placed sixth and seventh, respectively.
In the next event, Ohio State had seven sprinters in the finals of the 50 meter freestyle and took five of the Top 6 places led by Schnur, who finished second with a time of 19.98. Birnbrich followed with a time of 20.11 for third place, while Phillips touched the wall for fourth place (20.21).
In the final swimming even of the night, the 400 medley relay, the Scarlet and Gray swam another season-best time of 3:10:55. Keanu Stevenson, Steven Zimmerman, Phillips and Schnur cruised their way to a first-place finish to put the team at the top of the standings after day one.
Day two of the 2012 Ohio State Invitational begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Preliminary competition begins at 10 a.m. followed by the finals at 5 p.m. Go to go.osu.edu/InvitationalCentral for results, live stats and meet information on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Ohio State Event Winners: 200 freestyle relay - Schnur, Birnbrich, Holmes, Phillips (1:17.84); 500 freestyle - Miller (4:19.51); 400 medley relay - Zimmerman, Stevenson, Phillips, Schnur (3:10.55).