Jan. 17, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 6 Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team travels to Bloomington, Ind., this weekend for a tri-meet against Indiana and Iowa at noon Saturday. The Buckeyes (6-0, 0-0 Big Ten) are returning to action after defeating Wright State last week at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
“The fun of this weekend is that we get to see two good Big Ten teams,” head swimming coach Bill Wadley said. “Iowa is reloaded this season and they are led by Marc Long, who swam for me and is a good friend. We had a really close meet with them last year and we expect the same this weekend.”
“Indiana has a solid diving group and also redshirted three or four swimmers from last year and we expect them to be improved. Last season, it came down to a two or three point difference at the Big Ten championships with Indiana, so we expect this to be a close race – a difference of tenths and hundredths of a second. Just like at Tennessee, the team that gets to the wall first in each event will be the team that wins the meet.”
Strong swimming against strong competition has boosted the Buckeyes four spots to No. 6 in the latest national poll provided by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Sitting comfortably just outside the Top 5, Ohio State is the second of six Big Ten institutions ranked among the 25 best. Big Ten-rival Michigan, who also is undefeated on the season, maintains a hold onto the top spot in the rankings.
MISZKIEL EARNS FOURTH BIG TEN WEEKLY AWARD
Junior Ohio State diver Shane Miszkiel earned the Big Ten Conference’s Diver of the Week award for the fourth time in 2012-13, the conference announced Tuesday.
Miszkiel has now won six career weekly awards and becomes the first men’s diver to earn at least four Big Ten laurels in a season since former Boilermaker and 2012 Olympian David Boudia accomplished the feat during the 2010-11 campaign. A native of Victoria, B.C., Miszkiel posted first in the one-meter springboard (380.55) and three-meter springboard (457.28) in a dual win vs. Wright State last weekend. With his season-high total on the three-meter, Miszkiel has now claimed seven event wins this year.
OHIO STATE INVITE
In the best competition field to date at the OSU Invitational, the Buckeyes posted its fourth-consecutive championship with 1,306 total points. Ohio State claimed the title by a 300-point margin of victory, while then fifth-ranked Florida earned runner-up honors with 997.5 points.
An outstanding three-day team effort, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, resulted in 10 of 18 races going in the Scarlet and Gray’s favor. A total of six different Buckeyes registered an individual win, while six more Buckeyes were part of a victorious relay team or teams.
In diving, junior Shane Miszkiel, a four-time Big Ten Diver of the Week this past fall, captured the platform finals with a total score of 363.10.
BIG TEN CO-SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
Jason Schnur was named Big Ten Co-Swimmer of the Week, the conference office announced on Dec. 4. The Buckeye senior shared the honor with Miguel Oritz of Michigan.
Schnur, from Oak Hills High in Cincinnati, helped Ohio State claim its fourth-consecutive OSU Invitational with five first place finishes and three NCAA automatic qualifying marks. The two-time Big Ten champion won the 100 freestyle (43.31) and was a part of four first-place relay teams including the 200 free (1:17.84), 400 free (2:53.15), 200 medley (1:26.79) and 400 medley (3:10.55). Schnur also finished second in the 50 free (19.93).
TOP TIME NOTES
- An attest to Ohio State’s depth, 27 swimmers have times in the Top 100 in the nation.
- At midseason, the Buckeyes have recorded 37 times which rank in the Top 50 nationally.
- Two Ohio state swimmers, Tamas Gercsak (5th, 200 butterfly) and Steven Zimmerman (10th, 200 backstroke), hold a Top 10 national ranking in their respective events.
- Five swimmers hold Top 50 national times in the 200 breaststroke event: Dak Stone (23rd, 1:58.75); Chris Cowley (32nd, 1:59.24); Jared Kauffman (37th, 1:59.32); Keanu Stevenson (44th, 1:59.89); and DJ MacDonald (47th, 1:59.89).
- Eight Buckeyes hold Top 5 individual times thus far in the Big Ten Conference: Zach Holmes, Jason Schnur, Rowan Williams, Steven Zimmerman, Alex Miller, Connor McDonald, Stone and Gercsak
- In the 200 freestyle, OSU maintains three Top 10 spots in the Big Ten.
- Alex Miller (500 freestyle) and Gercsak (200 butterfly) each earned a runner-up Big Ten ranking in their respective events.
The Buckeyes will wrap up the home dual schedule next week, hosting Cincinnati in a co-ed meet Jan. 26 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The team will recognize its senior class before the start of competition as part of Senior Day.