Men's Swimming

Ohio State Set to Host Winter Invitational

Go Buckeyes! Tamas Gercsak
Go Buckeyes!
Tamas Gercsak
Go Buckeyes!

Feb. 7, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 13 Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team hosts the 2013 Ohio State Winter Invitational Saturday-Sunday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes (8-2, 1-2 Big Ten) will face competitors from Penn State, Baldwin Wallace, Eastern Michigan and Buffalo. Also competing in the women’s field will be Akron, Purdue, Bowling Green and Toledo. 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday, Feb. 9

  • Prelims (11 a.m.)
  • Finals (5 p.m.)

Sunday, Feb. 10

  • Prelims (10 a.m.)
  • Finals (4 p.m.)

CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT
The Ohio State Invitational will observe the NCAA 2-day Championship Meet Format from the 2012-13 NCAA Swimming and Diving Rule Book. There will be no preliminary heats of the relays. Relays will compete during finals only.

“This weekend is a great opportunity for our team to continue working on the details required for fast swimming at Big Tens in a few weeks,” said head men’s swimming coach Bill Wadley.

PARKING
With multiple events hosted on the campus of The Ohio State University this weekend, fans attending the Ohio State Winter Invitational our encouraged to use the Pay-Park located in the Neil Avenue Garage for all four sessions.

LIVE MEET SCORING
Can't make it to the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion to see the meets live? Visit the home page for the Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team at OhioStateBuckeyes.com for a link to the live results. Admission, as always, is free if interested in attending the meets.

NATIONALLY RANKED
Ohio State enters this weekend’s competition ranked No. 10 by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Seven Big Ten Conference teams are currently ranked, with Michigan (No. 1) and Indiana (No. 8) ahead of Ohio State. Minnesota (15), Purdue (18), Penn State (19) and Iowa (20) round out the standings.

NCAA TIMES
Ohio State swimmers have achieved an NCAA “B” cut in the following events:

TOP TIME NOTES

  • An attest to Ohio State’s depth, 23 swimmers have times in the Top 100 in the nation.
  • Three weeks out from the Big Ten championships, the Buckeyes have recorded 52  times which rank in the Top 100 nationally.
  • Two Ohio state swimmers, Tamas Gercsak (6th, 200 butterfly) and Steven Zimmerman (10th, 200 backstroke), hold a Top 10 national ranking in their respective events.
  • Two members hold Top 20 marks in the 200 backstroke, including  Connor McDonald and Zimmerman.
  • 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 four Top 10 spots in the Big Ten.
  • Holmes (200 freestyle) and Gercsak (200 butterfly) each earned a runner-up Big Ten ranking in their respective events.

HOLMES, KEILY NAMED CAPTAINS
Head swimming coach Bill Wadley announced this season that seniors Zach Holmes and Andrew Keily have been named captains for the Buckeyes. Both natives of Houston, Texas, Wadley said he is excited with the leadership the team has a month away from the Big Ten championships.

“We are pleased that both Andrew and Zach were chosen as captains by the team to lead this team,” Wadley said. “They are great young men who are fantastic Buckeyes in every way.”

Holmes, a 2012 Second Team All-Big Ten and honorable mention All-American, is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten. Holmes has been a part of the “A” free relay team since his freshman year and has the team’s fastest 200 free time (1:53.83) and second-fastest 100 free time (43.92).

Keily, a three-time OSU scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Big Ten, Keily has specialized in distance freestyle for the Scarlet and Gray.  A sports and leisure studies major, Keily has the fourth fastest time in the 1650 freestyle this season.

MISZKIEL WINS FIFTH BIG TEN WEEKLY AWARD
Junior Ohio State diver Shane Miszkiel earned the Big Ten Conference’s Diver of the Week award for the fifth time, the conference announced Jan 30.

Miszkiel has now won seven career weekly awards and becomes the first men’s diver to earn five Big Ten laurels since former Boilermaker and 2012 Olympian David Boudia accomplished the feat during the 2010-11 campaign.   A native of Victoria, B.C., Miszkiel was first in the one-meter (406.50) and three-meter (420.98) diving events last weekend to help the No. 10 Buckeyes defeat Cincinnati at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

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).

UP NEXT
The Buckeyes will now prepare for the 2013 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 27-March 2 in Bloomington, Ind.

 

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