Dec. 1, 2012
The No. 10 Ohio State men's swimming and diving team posted event wins in four out of the seven events Saturday night on day two of 2012 Ohio State Invitational to maintain its first-place lead at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
"We really had some nice drops tonight and there were a lot of lifetime-best times," head coach Bill Wadley said. "I don't think there is any doubt that a lot of guys are feeling good about themselves and they deserve it. We have two more sessions that we want to maximize and get the most out of the rest of the events tomorrow."
The Top 5 standings look like this after the Buckeyes: Florida (640.5), North Carolina (407.5), Wisconsin (289), Indiana (208) and Stanford (65).
Just like Friday night, the Buckeyes got off to a great start, taking first and second, respectively, in the 200 medley relay. The group of sophomore Steven Zimmerman, Keanu Stevenson, Tim Phillips and Jason Schnur posted a meet record 1:26.79 to earn the first victory of the evening, while junior Garrett Trebilcock, junior David Stone, senior Zach Birnbrich and senior Zach Holmes placed second with a time of1:26.93. Both times set NCAA "B" standards.
Phillips continued the Buckeye momentum with the team's second event win in the 100 butterfly. Phillips, a native of Vienna, W.Va., notched a meet record 47.03 in the event as he beat Dan Lester of Wisconsin to the wall first. Sophomore Tamas Gercsak also had a solid performance, finishing third with a season-best 47.42.
In the 200 freestyle, Holmes and Alex Miller placed second and third, posting season-best times of 1:35.83 and 1:36.36, respectively.
Stevenson, a native of Newburgh, Ind., claimed the squad's third event win in the 100 breaststroke, notching a season-best 54.00 to earn first place. Stone placed fourth overall with a 54.84. Both times were NCAA "B" standards.
In the 100 backstroke, the Buckeyes swept the Top 3 places led by sophomore Connor McDonald, who earned the fourth event win of the night with a time of 47.46. Garrett Trebilcock was second with a time of 47.77, while Zimmerman rounded out the Top 3 with a time of 48.06. All three times were season-best for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State concluded its speedy day of swimming with a second-place finish in the 800 freestyle relay. Phillips, Michael DiSalle, Miller and Holmes collected a time of 6:27.76.
In the diving, Shane Miszkiel tallied a second-place finish in the three-meter springboard with a season-best 410.20. Kristian Ipsen of Stanford won the event with 443.60 points.
"Shane had a great event," head diving coach Vince Panzano said. "He is doing two dives that he didn't do last year that are much higher in degree of difficulty. He was within a few points of the NCAA champion, so he had a great day."
The Buckeyes conclude the 2012 Ohio State invitational Sunday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Preliminary competition begins at 9 a.m., while the finals will start at 3 p.m. Platform diving will begin approximately at 11 a.m. from the Ron O'Brien Diving Well.
Ohio State Event Wins: 200 medley relay - Zimmerman, Stevenson, Phillips, Schnur (1:26.79); 100 butterfly - Phillips (47.03); 100 breaststroke - Stevenson (54.00); 100 backstroke - McDonald (47.46).