Jan. 24, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team concludes the home dual schedule at 1 p.m. Saturday in a matchup vs. Cincinnati at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The tenth-ranked Buckeyes ( 7-1, 1-1 Big Ten) will look to continue the winning trend at home as they head into the meet vs. the Bearcats with a 5-0 home dual record in Columbus.
The first 50 fans at the meet today will receive a free Buckeye t-shirt as part of “White Out the Pool” promotion at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The senior ceremony will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. today.
THE BUCKEYE SENIORS
Ohio State will honor its nine seniors before competition vs. the Bearcats today. These nine seniors have been a part of a Big Ten title in 2010 followed by three-consecutive Top 3 finishes at the conference championships, while posting a 36-4 record in dual competition.
Here is a look at the 2013 seniors:
- Zach Birnbrich (Anthem, Ariz.; mechanical engineering): 2012 Second Team All-Big Ten and honorable mention All-American; three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten; a legacy swimmer at Ohio State as both father and uncle swam in the 1980’s for the Buckeyes.
- Zach Holmes (Houston, Texas; journalism): 2012 Second Team All-Big Ten and two-time honorable mention All-American; Academic All-Big Ten and three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete; Been a part of the “A” free relay team since freshman year; has team’s fastest 200 free time in 2013 and second-fastest 100 free time.
- Andrew Keily (Houston, Texas; sport and leisure studies): Three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten selection; specializes in distance freestyle; fourth on the team’s depth chart in the 1650 freestyle event.
- Blaine Kincaid (Springboro, Ohio; biology): Two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete; has swam breaststroke and individual medley; would like to attend dental school after graduating.
- Stephen Koch (West Chester, Ohio; biology): Two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete; qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 200 breaststroke; has swam breaststroke and individual medley events; picked up third varsity letter in 2012.
- Jason Schnur (Cincinnati, Ohio; construction systems management): Two-time Big Ten champion in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle; holds the school records in both events, dropping a 19.12 in the 50 free and a 42.70 in the 100 free; finished eighth overall in the 50 freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Trials; two-time All-American and All-Big Ten honoree.
- Andrew Slater (Lancaster, Ohio; biochemistry): joined the Buckeyes as a senior this year; has swam freestyle for the Scarlet and Gray; competed in three meets this year, including Ohio State Invite last December; one of four seniors graduating this spring.
- Andrew Spurling (Cincinnati, Ohio; graduate student in statistics): three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten honoree; earned second letter as a junior last year; has added depth to the Buckeye backstroke events.
- Luke Stirton (Sydney, New South Wales; journalism): three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a 2012 Academic Big Ten; competed at the 2012 Australian Olympic Trials; has qualified for three-consecutive Big Ten championships.
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 Jan. 15.
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 Jan. 11. 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 honoree, 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, 23 swimmers have times in the Top 100 in the nation.
- A month out from the Big Ten championships, 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.
- Three members hold Top 50 marks in the 200 backstroke, including Connor McDonald, Zimmerman and Garrett Trebilcock
- Fourteen Buckeyes hold Top 5 individual times thus far in the Big Ten Conference: Zach Holmes, Jason Schnur, Zach Birnbrich, Michael DiSalle, Rowan Williams, Garrett Trebilcock, Zimmerman, Alex Miller, Connor McDonald, Stone, Gercsak, Chris Cowley, Chris DePietro and Luke Stirton.
- In the 200 freestyle, OSU maintains three Top 5 spots in the Big Ten.
- Holmes (200 freestyle) and Gercsak (200 butterfly) each earned a runner-up Big Ten ranking in their respective events.
Ohio State will next prepare for a Top 10 matchup at No. 1 Michigan Feb. 1-2 in Ann Arbor.