No. 11 Ohio State to Compete at Kenyon Winter Invite

Steven Zimmerman
Steven Zimmerman

Jan. 16, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Members of the No. 11 Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team (8-0, 3-0 Big Ten) will travel to Gambier, Ohio this weekend for the Kenyon Winter Invite. The two-day meet, Jan. 17-18, is scheduled to feature Kenyon, Oakland, Ashland, Cincinnati, along with a selection of Buckeyes.

Competition will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, while action will resume at 11 a.m. Saturday.

With the second half of the 2013-14 campaign about to begin, let’s take a look at some of the fast times the Buckeyes posted prior to their winter hiatus.

Earning every bit of their position among the nation’s elite, top-ten times from juniors Connor McDonald and Tamas Gercask are just a couple to highlight. Not to be outdone, two Buckeye relays – the 800 freestyle relay (Alex Miller, Michael DiSalle, Stefen Hillmer and Josh Fleagle) and 200 medley relay (McDonald, Keanu Stevenson, Matt McHugh and Fleagle - are also posted up with the NCAA’s top tier.



Top Buckeye National/Big Ten Times:
39. Josh Fleagle (19.93); 5th B1G
100 FREE
29. Josh Fleagle (43.59); 5th B1G
200 FREE
20. Michael DiSalle (1:35.57); 5th B1G
500 FREE
27. Rowan Williams (4:20.97); 5th B1G
1000 FREE
11. Alex Miller (9:09.36); 3rd B1G
1650 FREE
22. Alex Miller (15:10.55); 5th B1G
100 BACK
14. Connor McDonald (46.79); 3rd B1G
200 BACK
2. Connor McDonald (1:40.83); 1st B1G
32. Keanu Stevenson (54.06); 6th B1G
37. Chris Cowley (1:58.44); 8th B1G
100 FLY
29. Matt McHugh (47.15); 3rd B1G
200 FLY
26. Tamas Gercsak (1:45.24); 4th B1G
200 IM
23. Steven Zimmerman (1:45.84); 3rd B1G
400 IM
9. Tamas Gercsak (3:45.49); 2nd B1G
22. Fleagle, DiSalle, Komarov, Hillmer (1:19.68); 3rd B1G
11. Fleagle, Hillmer, Komarov, DiSalle (2:53.85); 2nd B1G
10. Hillmer, DiSalle, Fleagle, Miller (6:27.77); 2nd B1G
3. McDonald, Stevenson, McHugh, Fleagle (1:25.57); 2nd B1G
16. Trebilcock, Stevenson, McHugh, Fleagle (3:11.25); 3rd B1G

Senior Tim Phillips was part of the 200 medley relay team which set an American record at the 2013 AT&T Winter National Championships, Dec. 6. Phillips, along with teammates Nick Thomas, Eric Knight and Cullen Jones, touched the wall in 1:23.02. Phillips' butterfly split was 20.02.

Phillips, who has competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, was swimming as part SwimMAC Team Elite, a training team based in North Carolina.

The Scarlet and Gray got off to a solid start to the season with a 176-122 victory over Kentucky (Oct. 11). In front of a capacity crown at Lancaster Aquatics Center, Ohio state was fueled by wins from 11 different team members.

After a successful weekend of welcoming alumni back to campus, the team regrouped and dethroned the Kenyon Lords, 186-101. In all, Ohio State touched first in 14 swimming events to compliment two wins from the diving contingent (Oct. 25).

Continuing to build momentum, the Buckeyes picked up their third, fourth and fifth wins of the season at home vs. Virginia Tech, CSU and Denison (Nov. 1). Ohio State defeated Virginia Tech 156.50-135.50, Cleveland State 201.00-91.00 and Denison 202.00-90.00. Standouts included freshman Matt McHugh and sophomore Josh Fleagle, who each won multiple events.

In its first road trip of the season, Ohio State came out with wins over Big Ten foes Iowa, Northwestern and Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. The squad was led by Alex Miller, Fleagle and McHugh, who were all victorious in multiple events.

The always-competitive Ohio State Invitational concluded the first half of the season for the Buckeyes. Coming down to the wire, OSU was able to outlast second-ranked Florida, 12th-ranked Virginia, Kentucky and Purdue to once again sit atop the leaderboard. Following the exciting victory Coach Wadley summed it up by saying:

“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.”

Ohio State faced the Kenyon Lords earlier this season, Oct. 25, at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, swimming to a 186-101 victory. Recognized as a Division III powerhouse, Kenyon earned the program’s 32nd national title just last season. This season, the Lords claim an overall record of 4-2, with wins over Ohio Northern, Grove City College, Case Western Reserve and Gannon University.

Hailing from the Horizon League, the Oakland Golden Grizzlies will also make an appearance at the meet. The squad has posted victories over UIC, Wright State and Wayne State. The only dual loss of the season thus far came at the hands of Eastern Michigan, where Oakland fell 193-103.

Ashland currently holds an undefeated record of 7-0. Last time out, the Eagles faced Urbana in a dual, which went in Ashland’s favor 106-66. Thus far this season, the team has faced Wright State, Findlay, Grand Valley State, Indianapolis, Wayne State, Lake Erie, as a well as Urbana.

Cincinnati is led by head coach Monty Hopkins. The Bearcats opened the season with a resounding win over rival Xavier. From then on out it’s been a rough go for the squad as they have dropped duals to Virginia Tech, Western Kentucky, Miami (Ohio) and, most recently, Louisville.

The Buckeyes welcome back eight of 12 swimming qualifiers from the 2013 NCAA Championships, including first team All-American Tim Phillips. On the diving side, All-American Shane Miszkiel also is set to return for the upcoming campaign.

Miszkiel finished strong at the conference championships, earning Co-Diver of the Big Ten Championships after taking home the 3-meter title. The swimming team brings back 14 Big Ten point scorers in all.

Returning NCAA Qualifiers
Michael DiSalle
Tamas Gercsak
Connor McDonald
Alex Miller
Shane Miszkiel
Tim Phillips
Keanu Stevenson
Garrett Trebilcock
Steven Zimmerman

Returning Big Ten Point Scorers
Ryan Bubb
Chris Cowley
Michael DiSalle
Stephen Ettienne
Tamas Gercsak
Christian Holstein
DJ MacDonald
Connor McDonald
Alex Miller
Shane Miszkiel
Jovan Mitrovic
Tim Phillips
Keanu Stevenson
Dak Stone
Garrett Trebilcock
Rowan Williams
Steven Zimmerman

Ohio State will return to competition Jan. 25 when team members will travel to Ypsilanti, Mich. for a matchup with Eastern Michigan and Ball State. The meet is scheduled to being at 1 p.m.