Feb. 11, 2012
Columbus, Ohio - During Day One of the two-day Ohio State Winter Invitational at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Ohio State had four individual race champions in the field that includes men's competitors from Purdue, Louisville, Michigan and Eastern Michigan, and women's competitors from Penn State, Purdue and Louisville.
Springer also anchored the winning unit in the 200 freestyle relay. The Buckeyes won that race in 1:23.95 behind the performances of Matt Baumann, Bo Wullings, Sean Johnson and Springer.
Ohio State sophomore Michael Gallagher was the winner of the 400 IM race in a time of 4:02.22.
Nathan Kinney of Louisville won the 100 butterfly (49.31); Buckeyes finished second through sixth in that event, on the performances of Andrew Spurling (49.63), Brett Boston (49.65), Michael Gallagher (49.85), Matt Baumann (50.01) and Dominic Pecze (51.08). Kinney also won the 100 freestyle (45.68); Bo Wullings of Ohio State (46.58) was fifth and Spencer Rogers (47.20) was seventh.
Michigan's Johnathon Ekleberry won the 500 free; Ohio State's Bo Wullings finished second (4:27.04), Brett Boston fourth (4:31.19), Alex Osterhage fifth (4:32.27), Andrew Keily seventh (4:34.32) and Nick Wrightson eighth (4:35.30).
Ohio State's Sean Johnson was second in the 100 breaststroke (55.79) behind Casey Sreenan of Michigan (54.67). Buckeyes Gavin Trebilcock (56.62) and Blaine Kincaid (56.66) were fifth and sixth in that race.
With the Buckeye women preparing for the Big Ten championships later this week at Iowa, sophomore Sarah Griffith was Ohio State's only women's competitor Saturday, finishing fifth in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:08.32.
Preliminary heats Sunday begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday's finals starting at 5 p.m. at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Admission is free.
Men's Swimming & Diving Saturday, February 11, 2012 McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Columbus, Ohio
500 free: 1) Jonathon Ekleberry, Michigan (4:26.25); 2) Bo Wullings, Ohio State (4:27.04)
100 fly: 1) Steven Springer, Ohio State (48.45)
100 back: 1) Nathan Kinney, Louisville (49.31); 2) Andrew Spurling, Ohio State (49.63)
100 breast: 1) Casey Sreenan, Michigan (54.67); 2) Sean Johnson, Ohio State (55.79)
400 IM: 1) Michael Gallagher, Ohio State (4:02.22)
100 free: 1) Nathan Kinney, Louisville (45.68); 5) Bo Wullings, Ohio State (46.58)
Women's Swimming & Diving Saturday, February 11, 2012 McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Columbus, Ohio
500 free: 1) Carly Munchel, Louisville (4:53.90)
100 fly: 1) Chelsea Howard, Penn State (59.23)
100 back: 1) Emily O'Neill, Louisville, (56.69)
100 breast: 1) Alex Carmack, Purdue (1:05.94); 5) Sarah Griffith, Ohio State (1:08.32)
400 IM: 1) Carly Munchel, Louisville (4:23.77)
100 free: 1) Samantha Feulner, Purdue (51.95)