No. 9 Ohio State Meets No. 1 Michigan, West Virginia at McCorkle
Jan. 30, 2014
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
Saturday, Feb. 1
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.
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
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
Top Buckeye National/Big Ten Times:
200 FREE RELAY
400 FREE RELAY
800 FREE RELAY
200 MEDLEY RELAY
400 MEDLEY RELAY
PHILLIPS BREAKS AMERICAN RECORD
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
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."
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 Big Ten Point Scorers