No. 9 Ohio State Tops West Virginia, 177-99
Jan. 31, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The ninth-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team finished first in 10 events and defeated West Virginia, 177-99, on Friday night at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 9-0 overall.
The night got off to a quick start for the Scarlet and Gray when the team of Tim Phillips, Garrett Trebilcock, Keanu Stevenson and Josh Fleagle touched the wall first in the 200 medley relay. The Buckeyes’ team of Steven Zimmerman, DJ MacDonald, Ryan Bubb and Michael DiSalle was second (1:30.61).
The Buckeyes continued their momentum in the 200 freestyle when they finished 1-2, led by Steffen Hillmer (first, 1:38.71) and Alex Miller (second, 1:38.73).
Zimmerman clocked a 48.60 to place second in the next event, the 100 backstroke. Connor McDonald was not far behind in third place (49.16), followed by Trebilcock in fourth (49.69).
MacDonald notched his first individual win of the night in the 100 breaststroke when he touched the wall in 55.67. The Buckeyes also picked up a second place finish in the event by Stevenson (56.00).
In the 200 butterfly, David Morgan finished first with a time of 1:51.30, just .26 off his season-best time. Ohio State took the top four spots in the event, including Tamas Gercsak (second, 1:51.46) and Bubb (third, 1:52.14) and Peter Lyon (fourth, 1:52.44).
The Buckeyes dominated the 50 freestyle as they took the top three spots. Matt McHugh was first (20.62) followed by Fleagle (second, 20.66) and Phillips (third, 20.69).
After a short break, action resumed with the 100 freestyle where Fleagle picked up his first individual win of the night when he touched the wall in 44.72. Michael DiSalle was second (45.17).
Ohio State went 1-2-3 in the next event, the 200 breaststroke, as Andrew Braun led the way with a first-place showing (2:02.26). Kevin Bressler was second (2:02.41) and Dimitry Dolgov was third (2:03.22).
Hillmer picked up his second individual win of the night when he touched the wall first in the 500 freestyle with a season-best time of 4:30.71.
McHugh swam the 100 butterfly as an exhibition and finished with a time of 48.18, which is his second-fastest time this season and an NCAA “B” cut mark.
DePietro clocked the second-fastest time in the 200 individual medley (1:52.24), which he also swam as an exhibition.
The night closed out with the 400 freestyle relay, which Ohio State also swam as an exhibition. The team of Vladislav Komarov, Miller, Sam Decker and Gunnar Wolfe had the Buckeyes’ best time (3:05.29).
In diving, Stephen Ettienne was first in the 3-meter dive (382.20) and 1-meter dive (392.40).
Ohio State is back in action at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion tomorrow at 11 a.m. against No. 1 Michigan. Prior to the meet, the Buckeyes will honor their seven-member senior class.
Ohio State Men’s Swimming and Diving
Team Scores: Ohio State 177, West Virginia 99
Top Buckeye Finishes: 200 medley relay – 1. Trebilcock, Stevenson, Phillips, Fleagle (1:27.70); 1000 freestyle – 1. Long (9:33.16); 200 freestyle – 1. Hillmer (1:38.71); 100 backstroke – 2. Zimmerman (48.60); 100 breastroke – 1. MacDonald (55.67); 200 butterfly – 1. Morgan (1:51.30); 200 butterfly – 1. Morgan (1:51.30); 50 freestyle – 1. McHugh (20.62); 100 freestyle – 1. Fleagle (44.72); 200 backstroke – 2. Gallagher (1:48.96); 200 breaststroke – 1. Braun (2:02.26); 500 freestyle – 1. Hillmer (4:30.71); 100 butterfly (exhibition) – McHugh (48.18); 200 individual medley (exhibition) – DePietro (1:52.24); 400 freestyle relay (exhibition) – Komarov, Miller, Decker, Wolfe (3:05.29).