Dual Meet, Ohio State Winter Invite Ahead for No. 4 Buckeyes
Feb. 6, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fourth-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team will return to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion this weekend for a dual-meet against Wright State, as well as the Ohio State Winter Invitational.
Competition will begin Friday, Feb. 7 when the squad takes on the Wright State Raiders beginning at 6 p.m. The following two days the Buckeyes will welcome competitors from Wright State, Buffalo, Toledo, Penn State, Akron, Eastern Michigan and Ball State for the Ohio State Winter Invitational.
Ohio State vs. Wright State
Friday, Feb. 7 – 6 p.m.
Ohio State Winter Invite
Saturday, Feb. 8 – Prelims 11 p.m. – Finals 5 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 9 – Prelims 10 a.m. – Finals 4 p.m.
FORMAT VS. WRIGHT STATE
Friday, Feb. 7
200 Medley Relay
200 Free Relay
FINALS FORMAT – OHIO STATE WINTER INVITE
Saturday, Feb. 8
200 Medley Relay
200 Free Relay
Sunday, Feb. 9
400 Medley Relay
400 Free Relay
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes won six races and two diving events, but lost a hard-fought contest to No. 1 Michigan, 151-157, Saturday, Feb. 1 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The difference between winning and losing came down to the final event of the day, the 200 freestyle relay. Ohio State’s contingent of Josh Fleagle, Michael DiSalle, Steffen Hillmer and Tim Phillips placed first in 2:55.78. However, Michigan was able to eke out the dual victory by collecting points for second and third in the event.
It was a busy weekend for the Buckeyes. The squad also had a home meet vs. West Virginia Friday, Jan. 31. Ohio State finished first in 10 events to defeat the Mountaineers, 177-99.
Ettienne, a junior from Waterbury, Conn., placed first in the one-meter (392.40) and three-meter (382.20) diving competitions in Ohio State’s dual meet win vs. West Virginia. The very next day he recorded two first-place finishes in the one-meter (377.25) and three-meter (330.83) apparatuses against Michigan. This is Ettienne’s second Diver of the Week honor this season.
A native of West Bend, Wisc., McHugh earned Freshman of the Week accolades. The Buckeye rookie recorded two NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the 100 backstroke (48.21) and 100 butterfly (47.84) during Ohio State’s dual meet vs. No. 1 Michigan. A night earlier, he placed first in the 50 freestyle (20.62) against West Virginia. This honor marks McHugh’s third Freshman of the Week honor.
MAKING THE RANKS
Ohio State is ranked in a fourth-place tie with the University of Southern California in the latest NCAA Division I rankings released by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (Feb. 5). Previously, the Buckeyes were ninth in the Jan. 21 edition of the CSCAA rankings. However, following a weekend of highly competitive action against West Virginia and previously top-ranked Michigan, Ohio State was able to make the jump into the nation’s Top 5.
Joining the Buckeyes in the rankings are Big Ten foes No. 2 Michigan, No. 7 Indiana, No. 11 Minnesota, No. 23 Purdue and No. 24 Penn State.
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:
38. Josh Fleagle (19.93); 5th B1G
28. Josh Fleagle (43.59); 5th B1G
20. Michael DiSalle (1:35.57); 5th B1G
27. Rowan Williams (4:20.97); 5th B1G
13. Alex Miller (9:09.36); 3rd B1G
23. Alex Miller (15:10.55); 5th B1G
14. Connor McDonald (46.79); 3rd B1G
2. Connor McDonald (1:40.83); 1st B1G
36. Keanu Stevenson (54.06); 7th B1G
41. Chris Cowley (1:58.44); 9th B1G
31. Matt McHugh (47.15); 4th B1G
26. Tamas Gercsak (1:45.24); 4th B1G
24. Steven Zimmerman (1:45.84); 4th B1G
12. Tamas Gercsak (3:45.49); 4th B1G
200 FREE RELAY
24. 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
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
Wright State is under the direction of head coach Kyle Oaks. The Raiders have claimed wins over Saint Louis, Xavier, UIC, Ashland, Green Bay, Milwaukee and IUPUI. On the other hand, Wright State has fell to Valparaiso, Green Bay, Oakland, Cleveland State and Cincinnati.
Recently, freshman Clement Quilliec received Horizon League Male Swimmer of the Week honors for the third time this season. For the season, Quilliec holds season-best times in the 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley for the team. He is also a component of the 800 freestyle relay, as well as the 200 and 400 medley relays.
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.”
After a hiatus for winter training, Ohio State returned to competition with the Kenyon Winter Invite, Jan. 17-18. The Buckeyes totaled 741 points, ahead of Oakland (347), Kenyon (324), Cincinnati (188) and Ashland (125). The final day of the meet concluded with Ohio State touching first in seven of eight races, including wins earned by five different Buckeye swimmers. Junior Tamas Gercsak was the man of the day, posting wins in both the 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley.
Ohio State was scheduled to take on Eastern Michigan and Ball State in Ypsilanti, Mich. Jan. 25. However, due to inclement weather the Buckeye swimmers did not make the journey.
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 Big Ten Point Scorers
The Buckeyes will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. for the 2014 Big Ten Championships Feb. 26 - March 1.
Ohio State Cruises Past Kentucky, 203-97