Buckeyes Go Wire-to-Wire to Claim OSU Invite Title
Buckeyes claim OSU Invite title with 1,306 points

Dec. 2, 2012

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Ohio State Invitational Central

In the best competition field to date at the OSU Invitational, the No. 10 Ohio State men's swimming and diving team posted its fourth-consecutive championship with 1,306 points, claiming the title by a 300-point margin of victory. Fifth-ranked Florida was second with 997.5 points followed by No. 17 North Carolina with 575.5 points.  

"We're in an environment where everyone is trying to be the best they can be in that particular moment and have some success," head swimming coach Bill Wadley said. "You'd like to think you can have success every time but you're not going to. Tonight, and this entire weekend, we had a lot of successes. We really appreciate Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin and everyone else who came to participate in our meet because without great competition there are not great races or opportunity to compete against good coaches and good programs."

It was an outstanding three-day effort by the Buckeyes. The team won 10 of the 18 swimming races over the three days with six different Buckeyes registering an individual win or wins and six Buckeyes a part of a victorious relay team or teams.

"We have a lot of great things going on for us right now, but the most important is finals week we have coming up in the classroom," Wadley said. "Now our guys have a chance to prepare for that and nail them as well as they nailed this meet this weekend."

In diving, junior Shane Miszkiel, a three-time Big Ten Diver of the Week this past fall, won the platform finals this afternoon with a total score of 363.10.

Sophomore Steven Zimmerman notched the team's first event victory of the final session with a first-place finish in the 200 backstroke with a personal-best time of 1:42.85. Classmate Connor McDonald was third with a time of 1:43.49.

Senior Jason Schnur claimed his third victory of the invite in the 100 freestyle with a season-best time of 43.31. Seniors Zach Holmes and Zach Birnbrich placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Buckeyes had two swimmers post Top 5 finishes in the 200 breaststroke. Junior David Stone was third with a season-best time of 1:58.75, while sophomore Chris Cowley followed in fourth place with a season-best time of 1:59.24.

In the final individual event of the invite, sophomore Tamas Gercsak finished out a strong weekend of swimming with a third-place performance in the 200 butterfly with a season-best time of 1:44.55.

The 400 freestyle relay, one of the most exciting events in swimming, concluded the 2012 OSU Invitational. Just like three days ago, the Buckeye relay was the first touch the wall as Schnur, Birnbrich, Michael DiSalle and Holmes posted a new Ohio State Invitational meet record in 2:53.15.

Ohio State returns to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Jan. 11 in a co-ed dual meet vs. Wright State.

Men's Swimming and Diving
Ohio State Invitational Final Results
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012
Columbus, Ohio

Final Team Scores: 1. Ohio State (1,306), 2. Florida (997.5), 3. North Carolina (575.5), 4. Wisconsin (400), 5. Indiana (305), No. 6 Stanford (97), No. 7 Purdue (65)

Event Winners & Ohio State Top Finishers: 1650 freestyle  - 8) Miller (15:19.20); 200 backstroke - 1)  Zimmerman (1:42.85); 100 freestyle - 1) Schnur (43.31); 200 breaststroke - 3) Stone (1:58.75); 200 butterfly  - 3) Gercsak (1:44.55);  400 freestyle relay 1)  Schnur, Birnbrich, DiSalle, Holmes (2:53.15); Platform Diving - 1) Miszkiel (363.10).