Men's Swimming

No. 9 Ohio State Meets No. 1 Michigan, West Virginia at McCorkle

Alex Miller
Alex Miller

Jan. 30, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The ninth-ranked Ohio State men's swimming and diving team (8-0, 3-0 Big Ten) have a tough task ahead as the squad hosts West Virginia and No. 1-ranked Michigan this weekend at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

Up first for the Buckeyes is West Virginia. The squads will face off in a dual-meet beginning Friday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. Competition will resume Saturday, Feb. 1 with Ohio State vs. Michigan scheduled for 11 a.m. The Ohio State's women's team will also compete, taking on Nebraska and Michigan. Admission is free of charge.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, Jan. 31
400 Medley Relay (W)
200 Medley Relay (M)
1000 Free (M)
1000 Free (W)
200 Free (M)
100 Back (M)
200 Free (W)
100 Breast (M)
200 Fly (M)
100 Back (W)
50 Free (M)
Break
100 Breast (W)
100 Free (M)
200 Back (M)
200 Fly (W)
200 Breast (M)
500 Free (M)
50 Free (W)
Break
100 Fly (M)
200 IM (W)
200 IM (M)
200 Free Relay (W)
400 Free Relay (M)

Saturday, Feb. 1
200 Medley Relay (W)
200 Medley Relay (M)
1000 Free (M)
100 Free (W)
200 Free (M)
100 Back (M)
200 Back (W)
100 Breast (M)
200 Fly (M)
200 Breast (W)
50 Free (M)
Break
500 Free (W)
100 Free (M)
200 Back (M)
100 Fly (W)
200 Breast (M)
500 Free (M)
100 Fly (M)
Break
400 IM (W)
200 IM (M)
400 Free Relay (W)
400 Free Relay (M)


 

 

MAKING THE RANKS
Ohio State is ranked ninth in the latest NCAA Division I rankings released by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (Jan. 21). Previously, the Buckeyes were 11th in the Dec. 11 edition of the CSCAA rankings. However, following a weekend of action at the Kenyon Winter Invitational Ohio State was able to make the jump, reclaiming its position among the top-10 teams in the nation. 

Joining the Buckeyes in the rankings are Big Ten foes No. 1 Michigan, No. 8 Indiana, No. 14 Minnesota, No. 17 Purdue, No. 23 Penn State and No. 25 Iowa. The Northwestern Wildcats also received attention from the voters but remain just shy of the top 25.

SCOUTING REPORT
Friday evening Ohio State will take on West Virginia. The Mountaineers have faced Penn State, Pitt and TCU in dual meet action this season. The team fell to Penn State (127-161) and Pitt (139-161), while claiming a lone win over TCU (167-133). Recently, senior swimmer Bryce Bohman was celebrated by the Big 12 Conference as Swimmer of the Week. It was the third time Bohman has earned the award.

In a match of undefeated opponents, Ohio State will face rival and top-ranked Michigan (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) Saturday. Under the direction of head coach Mike Bottom, Michigan has went 47-3-1 in dual meets since the beginning of the 2008-09 season. Thus far this season, the Wolverines have recorded wins over Iowa, Auburn, Notre Dame, Texas, Indiana, Purdue and Northwestern. Last season, the team was victorious at the 2013 NCAA Championships, earning the program's 19th National Championship. With historically solid swimming and diving programs, Ohio State and Michigan lead the NCAA in team titles earned (Michigan 19, Ohio State 11).

LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State was scheduled to take on Eastern Michigan and Ball State in Ypsilanti, Mich. last weekend. However, due to inclement weather the Buckeye swimmers did not make the journey.

On the other hand, the divers were able to compete. Junior Stephen Ettienne took first place on the 3-meter apparatus with a final score of 339.5. His score met NCAA qualifying standards.

TALKING TOP TIMES
With the second half of the 2013-14 campaign well underway, let's take a look at some of the fast times the Buckeyes posted thus far this season.  

Top Buckeye National/Big Ten Times:
50 FREE
39. Josh Fleagle (19.93); 5th B1G

100 FREE
28. 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
12. 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

100 BREAST
36. Keanu Stevenson (54.06); 7th B1G

200 BREAST
41. Chris Cowley (1:58.44); 9th B1G

100 FLY
30. Matt McHugh (47.15); 4th B1G

200 FLY
26. Tamas Gercsak (1:45.24); 4th B1G

200 IM
24. Steven Zimmerman (1:45.84); 4th B1G

400 IM
12. Tamas Gercsak (3:45.49); 4th B1G

200 FREE RELAY
22. Fleagle, DiSalle, Komarov, Hillmer (1:19.68); 3rd B1G

400 FREE RELAY
11. Fleagle, Hillmer, Komarov, DiSalle (2:53.85); 2nd B1G

800 FREE RELAY
10. Hillmer, DiSalle, Fleagle, Miller (6:27.77); 2nd B1G

200 MEDLEY RELAY
4. McDonald, Stevenson, McHugh, Fleagle (1:25.57); 3rd B1G

400 MEDLEY RELAY
16. Trebilcock, Stevenson, McHugh, Fleagle (3:11.25); 3rd B1G

PHILLIPS BREAKS AMERICAN RECORD
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.

REWINDING THE RACES
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."

WHO'S BACK
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

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes will return to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Feb. 7 for a meet vs. Wright State. Members of the senior class will be honored before the meet. The squad will round out the regular season with the Ohio State Winter Invite, scheduled for Feb. 8-9. 

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