Jan. 19, 2012
Columbus, Ohio -
The Ohio State men's swimming and diving team hosts Harvard in a 1 p.m. dual meet Saturday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
The eighth-ranked Buckeyes won December's Ohio State Invitational and are 7-0 in dual meet action. Harvard is 3-0 this season, and has won its last 12 straight dual meet competitions. The Crimson finished fifth at the North Carolina Invitational in November.
Order of Events
The order of events for Saturday's meet with Harvard is as follows; the men will alternate events with the Ohio State women, who are hosting Michigan:
200 Medley Relay
400 Free Relay
Ohio State jumped three spots to No. 8 in the latest Top 25 poll of Division I men's teams for 2011-12 as conducted by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The Buckeyes, who were ranked 11th in the previous poll, are 7-0 thus far in the season and won the Ohio State Invitational.
Arizona is the top team in the CSCAA poll. Michigan, at No. 4, is the highest ranked Big Ten team; other Big Ten teams in the poll include the Buckeyes (8), Indiana (10), Iowa (15), Purdue (20), Minnesota (23) and Penn State (24).
Ohio State swimmers have achieved an NCAA `B' cut in the following events:
100 free: Jason Schnur (43.36); Lincoln Fahrbach (44.36)
100 breast: Keanu Stevenson (53.95)
In The Big Ten
A number of Buckeyes have posted some of the fastest swims in the Big Ten this season. Ohio State competitors whose efforts rank among the conference's Top 10 times to date include:
Ryan Bubb/200 fly: 3rd (1:44.86)
Chris Cowley/200 breast: 6th (1:59.14)
Andrew Elliott/100 back: 1st (46.42); 4th (46.84); 6th (47.16)
Andrew Elliott/200 back: 1st (1:41.52); 2nd (1:42.18)
Lincoln Fahrbach/200 free: 1st (1:35.83)
Brent Hitchcock/400 IM: 3rd (3:49.36); 10th (3:52.60)
Brent Hitchcock/500 free: 9th (4:20.48)
Brent Hitchcock/1000 free: 8th (9:16.14)
Zach Holmes/200 free: 3rd (1:36.05); 6th (1:36.38)
Alex Miller/200 free: 8th (1:36.57)
Alex Miller/500 free: 4th (4:19.13)
Alex Miller/1000 free: 4th (9:14.79); 10th (9:17.23)
Alex Miller/1650 free: 2nd (14:59.74)
Ty Perkins/1650 free: 5th (15:09.31)
Stephen Sakaris/200 free: 4th (1:36.08); 5th (1:36.37)
Jason Schnur/50 free: 2nd (19.74); 3rd (19.75); 5th (19.79)
Jason Schnur/100 free: 1st (43.36); 2nd (43.38); 5th (43.70)
Markus Sievers/100 back: 8th (47.58)
Markus Sievers/200 back: 4th (1:44.37)
Markus Sievers/200 IM: 4th (1:46.58); 6th (1:46.66)
Keanu Stevenson/100 breast: 3rd (53.95)
Keanu Stevenson/200 breast: 5th (1:59.06)
Luke Stirton/200 fly: 6th (1:46.14); 9th (1:46.23)
Steven Zimmerman/200 back: 3rd (1:43.71); 8th (1:44.87)
Steven Zimmerman/200 IM: 8th (1:47.36)
Steven Zimmerman/400 IM: 5th (3:49.78)
In the relays, the Buckeyes have posted the fastest times of any Big Ten teams in the 200 free (1:18.57), 400 free (2:54.27), 800 free (6:23.99) and 400 medley (3:09.76) races. Ohio State has the second-fastest time in the 200 medley relay.
The 2012 Big Ten men's swimming and diving championships are set for the University of Iowa February 22-25.
Ohio State has had three winners thus far in 2011-12 of the Big Ten's performer of the week awards:
Andrew Elliott, a senior from Granger, Indiana, set Iowa pool records with his first-place finishes in the 100 backstroke (48.04) and 200 backstroke (1:46.29) in an Ohio State victory over Iowa and Purdue on November 18. That time in the 200 back was the fastest time in that event by any Big Ten swimmer to that point in the season. Elliott also was part of the winning entry in the 200 medley relay (1:29.12) at Iowa.
sophomore Shane Miszkiel was honored as the Big Ten Diver of the Week for his performance versus Cleveland State, Denison and Virginia Tech. Miszkiel won the 1-meter diving event with a score of 379.20 and placed second in the 3-meter competition with a score of 389.65. Both scores were NCAA Zone Diving qualifying marks.
sophomore Christian Holstein was the Big Ten Diver of the Week for his outstanding performances in the Ohio State Invitational. Holstein, from Upper Arlington, Ohio, led a Buckeye sweep of the three-meter competition with a score of 396.15. Holstein was also the winner of the one-meter event, scoring 326.30. Both of Holstein's winning scores were NCAA Zone Diving qualifying marks.
Divers At Winter Nationals
Former and present Buckeye divers coached by OSU's Vince Panzano had a strong showing at the USA Diving Winter Nationals held at the University of Tennessee's Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville December 17-22.
Christian Holstein earned a spot in the 2012 Olympic Trials with his 11th-place finish in the finals of the men's three-meter event (1225.10). He placed 21st in the one-meter competition (316.40). Stephen Ettienne was 30th in the men's one-meter contest (269.40).
Katie Bell qualified for the FINA World Cup competition with a second-place finish in the women's platform event, scoring 1046.00. Bell and current Buckeye Cheyenne Cousineau placed fourth (583.53) in the women's synchronized platform event. Bianca Alvarez placed fifth in the women's three-meter competition, with an overall score of 969.90. She had previously qualified for the Olympic Trials. Cheyenne Cousineau was 17th in one-meter diving (235.50). Taylor Ford was 27th in the three-meter event (237.70). Kristen Asman finished 30th in platform diving (237.25) and 34th in the one-meter competition (197.95).
The Buckeye Season
Entering their first competition of the 2012 calendar year, the eighth-ranked Buckeyes are 7-0 in dual meet action and finished first in December's Ohio State Invitational.
Ohio State led wire-to-wire in the five-team OSU Invitational in December, posting a score of 1567.5. Individual winners for the Buckeyes were: Andrew Elliott (200 back/school record 1:41.52; 100 back 46.84); Alex Miller (1650 free 14:59.74; 500 free 4:19.13); Jason Schnur (50 free 19.74; 100 free 43.48); Ryan Bubb (200 fly 1:44.66); Brent Hitchcock (400 IM 3:49.46); Zach Holmes (200 free 1:36.05); Markus Sievers (200 IM 1:46.66); and Keanu Stevenson (100 breast 53.95). Christian Holstein won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving. Ohio State also won all the relay events.
Ohio State defeated Purdue 170-130 and host Iowa 163-137 in a double dual meet at Iowa. Andrew Elliott set two pool records winning the 100 back in a time of 48.04 and the 200 back in a time of 1:46.29. Freshman Tamas Gerczak won the 200 butterfly in 1:48.33. Lincoln Fahrbach won the 100 butterfly in a time of 48.65; Fahrbach finished second in the 200 free (1:38.46).
Ohio State's Christian Holstein won the one-meter diving competition with a score of 361.80. Shane Miszkiel was second at 361.35. They reversed finishes in the three-meter diving, with Miszkiel winning with a 401.48 score, followed by Holstein (359.40). The Buckeyes were first in the 200 medley relay, which Andrew Elliott, Keanu Stevenson, Lincoln Fahrbach and Jason Schnur swam in 1:29.12.
In a meet at Oxford, Ohio, the Buckeyes defeated the Miami Redhawks 149-122. The Buckeyes swept every event and featured two multiple event winners. Zach Holmes won the 100 free (46.33) and 200 free (1:40.82), while Alex Miller finished first in the 1000 and 500 freestyle with times of 9:21.29 and 4:35.82 respectively.
Ohio State had 10 different swimmers post the fastest time in an individual event. November 4, Ohio State defeated Virginia Tech (177-124), Cleveland State (211-90) and Division III power Denison (234-64) at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Ohio State finished one-two-three in two events. Alex Miller (4:30.22), Brent Hitchcock (4:30.40) and Ty Perkins (4:35.81) were the top three placers in the 1000 freestyle. In the 200 free, Zach Holmes (1:39.20), Lincoln Fahrbach (1:40.63) and Stephen Sakaris (1:40.73) completed the sweep.
Duplicate winners for the Buckeyes were junior Zach Holmes in the 100 and 200 freestyle and the 400 free relay; senior Andrew Elliott in the 100 and 200 backstroke and 200 medley relay; junior Jason Schnur in the 50 free and the 200 medley and 400 free relays; freshman Keanu Stevenson in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 200 medley relay; sophomore Alex Miller in the 500 and 100 freestyle; and junior Zach Birnbrich in the 200 medley and 400 free relays.
In the first competition of the season for Ohio State's divers, buckeye sophomore Shane Miszkiel (379.20) won the 3-meter diving and finished second (389.65) in the 1-meter competition.
In the season-opening 174-84 win over Kenyon College, Buckeye duplicate winners were senior Andrew Elliott in the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and as the leadoff of the 200 medley relay; freshman Tamas Gercsak in the 200 butterfly, 200 breaststroke and 200 IM; sophomore Alex Miller in the 500 and 100 free. Senior Lincoln Fahrbach won the 100 butterfly and was part of the victorious 200 medley relay, as was freshman Keanu Stevenson, who also won the 100 breaststroke.
Outstanding Autumn Quarter
The Buckeyes are making the grade in the classroom as well as the pool! Ohio State's men's swimmers and divers combined for an impressive 3.25 grade-point average during the 2011 Autumn Quarter.
Three Buckeyes posted a perfect 4.0 grade-point average: Andrew Elliott, Chris Cowley and Joe Craven. Nineteen more had a GPA of 3.5 or higher: Andrew Braun, Lincoln Fahrbach, Michael Gallagher, Tamas Gercsak, Connor McDonald, Alex Miller, Sean Monahan, Alex Osterhage, Dominic Pecze, Spencer Rogers, Markus Sievers, Steven Springer, Andrew Spurling, Keanu Stevenson, Luke Stirton, Garrett Trebilcock, Gavin Trebilcock, Bo Wullings and John Zucca.
Achieving at least a 3.0 GPA during the Autumn Quarter were: Zach Birnbrich, Michael DiSalle, Dmitry Dolgov, Zach Holmes, Sean Johnson, Jared Kauffman, Andrew Keily, Blaine Kincaid, Stephen Koch, Michael Meldon, Austin Mudd, Stephen Sakaris, Jacob Schuster and Steven Zimmerman.
Live Stats Update
There's an exciting upgrade to the meet manager software that will be used at swimming events held at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you can download a FREE app that can see the results real time as soon as they are generated in the meet manager software. All the user has to do is download the app, and once they run it they will be given a list of meets to monitor. They choose the meet and that's all! More information can be found in the app store link http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/meet-mobile/id422154977?mt=8
This is in addition to the live results available via the link provided at http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/livestats/m-swim/
The Buckeyes host Michigan and Penn State next weekend in a two-day tri-meet at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Friday's events will begin at 6 p.m. and Saturday's competition gets underway at noon. Ohio State will honor its eight seniors during that meet.