Big Tens Begin Wednesday
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Feb. 21, 2012

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Iowa City, Iowa -

The Ohio State men's swimming and diving team competes in the 2012 Big Ten championships Wednesday through Saturday, February 22-25, at the University of Iowa's Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in Iowa City. The ninth-ranked Buckeyes won December's Ohio State Invitational and are 9-1 in dual meet action.

The Big Ten Network will show highlights of the championship meet in a broadcast Saturday, March 3, at 10 a.m. on BTN.

Milestones For Wadley

Head coach Bill Wadley has passed a couple of significant career milestones already this season. He has posted more than 200 dual meet wins with the Buckeyes; his career record at Ohio State is now 205-36 during 23 seasons. And his overall dual meet record has passed the 225 mark; it now stands at 229-46 in 26 seasons.

Order of Events

The order of events for the Big Ten Championships is:

Wednesday Finals • 200 Medley Relay • 800 Free Relay

Thursday Finals • 200 Free Relay • 500 Freestyle • 200 IM • 50 Freestyle • 1-Meter Diving

Friday Finals • 400 Medley Relay • 400 IM • 100 Butterfly • 200 Freestyle • 100 Breaststroke • 100 Backstroke • 3-Meter Diving

Saturday Finals • 1,650 Freestyle • 200 Backstroke • 100 Freestyle • 200 Breaststroke • 200 Butterfly • 10-Meter Platform Diving • 400 Free Relay

Big Ten History

Ohio State has won 13 Big Ten championships; the most recent was in 2010. Other championship years were 1938-43-46-47-49-50-51-52-53-54-55-56. Ohio State also has won 79 Big Ten swimming, diving and relay titles.

The breakdown:

• 90 swimming champions; last was Andrew Elliott (200 back) in 2011;

• 78 diving champions; last was Wes Wiesner in 2008 (10-meter platform); and

• 18 relay wins; last came in 2011 (400 free relay).

Ohio State followed its 2010 Big Ten championship with a third-place finish at the 2011 championships, scoring 593 points, finishing behind Michigan and Indiana. Junior Andrew Elliott won the 200 backstroke, giving him Big Ten titles in back-to-back years (100 back in 2010). The 400 freestyle relay consisting of Lincoln Fahrbach, Zach Holmes, Tim Phillips and Jason Schnur also took first at Big Tens. Two Ohio State relays (200 medley and 800 freestyle) finished second.

Fifteen Buckeyes were 2011 Big Ten finalists in at least one event:

Andrew Elliott - 1st/200 back; 2nd/100 back

Lincoln Fahrbach - 4th/200 free; 7th/50 free

Justin Farra - 5th/200 IM; 8th/200 breast

Brent Hitchcock - 8th/1650 free

Christian Holstein - 8th/3-meter dive

Elliott Keefer - 2nd/200 breast; 4th/100 breast

Kevin Lancki - 8th/100 back

Quincy Lee - 3rd/200 fly; 4th/100 fly

Shane Miszkiel - 3rd/3-meter dive; 6th/1-meter dive

Ty Perkins - 6th/1650 free

Tim Phillips - 2nd/100 fly; 2nd/100 free; 8th/200 free

Jason Schnur - 3rd/50 free; 7th/100 free

Phil Seleskie - 8th/400 IM

Markus Sievers - 3rd/200 back

Luke Stirton - 7th/200 fly

Ohio State returns 14 point scorers from last year's Big Ten meet: Zach Birnbrich, Andrew Elliott, Lincoln Fahrbach, Brent Hitchcock, Zach Holmes, Christian Holstein, Kevin Lancki, Alex Miller, Shane Miszkiel, Austin Mudd, Stephen Sakaris, Jason Schnur, Markus Sievers and Luke Stirton.

CSCAA Rankings

Ohio State is now No. 9 in the latest Top 25 poll of Division I men's teams for 2011-12 as conducted by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The Buckeyes, who were ranked 11th at the beginning of the season, are 8-0 thus far and won the Ohio State Invitational. Arizona is the top team in the CSCAA poll. Michigan, at No. 4, is the highest ranked Big Ten team; other Big Ten teams in the poll include the Buckeyes (9), Indiana (11), Iowa (14), Minnesota (16) and Purdue (17).

NCAA Times

Ohio State swimmers have achieved an NCAA `B' cut in the following events:

• 50 free: Jason Schnur (19.74); Zach Birnbrich (20.11); Lincoln Fahrbach (20.21)

• 100 free: Jason Schnur (43.36); Lincoln Fahrbach (44.36)

• 200 free: Lincoln Fahrbach (1:35.83); Zach Holmes (1:36.05); Stephen Sakaris (1:36.08); Alex Miller (1:36.57); Jacob Schuster (1:37.30); Michael DiSalle (1:37.95); Bo Wullings (1:38.05)

• 500 free: Alex Miller (4:19.13); Brent Hitchcock (4:20.48); Zach Holmes (4:23.11); Luke Stirton (4:23.66); Rowan Williams (4:23.99)

• 1650 free: Alex Miller (14:59.74); Ty Perkins (15:09.31); Brent Hitchcock (15:25.53)

• 100 back: Andrew Elliott (46.42); Markus Sievers (47.58); Andrew Spurling (48.13); Steven Zimmerman (48.17); Kevin Lancki (48.47)

• 200 back: Andrew Elliott (1:41.52/A cut); Steven Zimmerman (1:43.71); Markus Sievers (1:44.37); Connor McDonald (1:45.50)

• 100 breast: Keanu Stevenson (53.95)

• 200 breast: Keanu Stevenson (1:59.06); Chris Cowley (1:59.14)

• 100 fly: Lincoln Fahrbach (47.66); Luke Stirton (48.01); Jason Schnur (48.23)

• 200 fly: Ryan Bubb (1:44.86); Luke Stirton (1:46.14); Tamas Gercsak (1:47.79)

• 200 IM: Markus Sievers (1:46.58); Steven Zimmerman (1:47.36); Keanu Stevenson (1:48.86); Garrett Trebilcock (1:49.20)

• 400 IM: Brent Hitchcock (3:49.36); Steven Zimmerman (3:49.78); Dmitry Dolgov (3:54.33)

• 200 free relay: 1:18.57

• 400 free relay: 2:54.27

• 800 free relay: 6:23.99

• 200 medley relay: 1:26.80

• 400 medley relay: 3:09.76


The A Team

Ohio State senior backstroker Andrew Elliott is one of only three Big Ten men's swimmers to post an NCAA `A' competition cut time during the 2011-12 season. His race of 1:41.52 in the 200 back on December 2 was one of only four `A' times posted nationally in that event this year. Other Big Ten `A' times have come from Michigan's Ryan Feely in the 1650 free and Dan Madwed in the 200 butterfly.

In The Big Ten

A number of Buckeyes have posted some of the fastest swims in the Big Ten this season. Ohio State competitors whose efforts rank among the conference's Top 10 times to date include:

Ryan Bubb/200 fly: 3rd (1:44.86)

Chris Cowley/200 breast: 6th (1:59.14)

Andrew Elliott/100 back: 1st (46.42); 4th (46.84); 6th (47.16)

Andrew Elliott/200 back: 1st (1:41.52); 2nd (1:42.18)

Lincoln Fahrbach/200 free: 1st (1:35.83)

Brent Hitchcock/400 IM: 3rd (3:49.36); 10th (3:52.60)

Brent Hitchcock/500 free: 9th (4:20.48)

Brent Hitchcock/1000 free: 4th (9:10.65); 10th (9:16.14)

Zach Holmes/200 free: 3rd (1:36.05); 6th (1:36.38)

Alex Miller/200 free: 8th (1:36.57)

Alex Miller/500 free: 4th (4:19.13); 10th (4:21.42)

Alex Miller/1000 free: 6th (9:14.79)

Alex Miller/1650 free: 2nd (14:59.74)

Ty Perkins/1650 free: 5th (15:09.31)

Stephen Sakaris/200 free: 4th (1:36.08); 5th (1:36.37)

Jason Schnur/50 free: 2nd (19.74); 3rd (19.75); 5th (19.79)

Jason Schnur/100 free: 1st (43.36); 2nd (43.38); 5th (43.70)

Markus Sievers/100 back: 8th (47.58)

Markus Sievers/200 back: 4th (1:44.37)

Markus Sievers/200 IM: 4th (1:46.58); 6th (1:46.66)

Keanu Stevenson/100 breast: 3rd (53.95)

Keanu Stevenson/200 breast: 5th (1:59.06)

Luke Stirton/200 fly: 6th (1:46.14); 9th (1:46.23)

Steven Zimmerman/200 back: 3rd (1:43.71); 8th (1:44.87)

Steven Zimmerman/200 IM: 8th (1:47.36)

Steven Zimmerman/400 IM: 5th (3:49.78)

In the relays, the Buckeyes have posted the fastest times of any Big Ten teams in the 200 free (1:18.57), 400 free (2:54.27), 800 free (6:23.99) and 400 medley (3:09.76) races. Ohio State has the second-fastest time in the 200 medley relay (1:26.80). The 2012 Big Ten men's swimming and diving championships are set for the University of Iowa February 22-25.

Ohio State had seven winners in 2011-12 of the Big Ten's performer of the week awards:

Andrew Elliott, a senior from Granger, Indiana, set Iowa pool records with his first-place finishes in the 100 backstroke (48.04) and 200 backstroke (1:46.29) in an Ohio State victory over Iowa and Purdue on November 18. That time in the 200 back was the fastest time in that event by any Big Ten swimmer to that point in the season. Elliott also was part of the winning entry in the 200 medley relay (1:29.12) at Iowa.

• sophomore Shane Miszkiel was honored as the Big Ten Diver of the Week for his performance versus Cleveland State, Denison and Virginia Tech. Miszkiel won the 1-meter diving event with a score of 379.20 and placed second in the 3-meter competition with a score of 389.65. Both scores were NCAA Zone Diving qualifying marks.

• sophomore Christian Holstein was the Big Ten Diver of the Week for his outstanding performances in the Ohio State Invitational. Holstein, from Upper Arlington, Ohio, led a Buckeye sweep of the three-meter competition with a score of 396.15. Holstein was also the winner of the one-meter event, scoring 326.30. Both of Holstein's winning scores were NCAA Zone Diving qualifying marks.

Jason Schnur was named men's swimmer of the week recording first-place finishes and NCAA provisional qualifying marks in winning the 50-yard freestyle (20.22), 100-yard freestyle (44.34) and 200-yard medley relay (1:29.50) against Harvard. Schnur earned another qualifying time as part of the Buckeyes' 400-yard freestyle relay (2:59.26).

Shane Miszkiel was named Big Ten diver of the week for his performance against Michigan and Penn State. Miszkiel took first place in the one-meter diving competition with a score of 402.38. He was second in the three-meter event with a score of 411.60 behind teammate Christian Holstein. The Buckeyes swept the first three places in both diving events.

Steven Springer was named swimmer of the week recording first-place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly (48.45), 200-yard freestyle relay (1:23.95) and 400-yard freestyle relay (3:04.89) at the Ohio State Winter Invite last weekend. He also placed third in the 50-yard freestyle (20.92).

Sean Johnson was named freshman of the week at the Winter Invite, as he placed first in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:02.09) and 200-yard medley relay (1:23.95) and recorded a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (55.79).

The Buckeye Season

Entering the Big Ten championships, the ninth-ranked Buckeyes are 9-1 in dual meet action and finished first in December's Ohio State Invitational.

Ohio State won 11 races in the OSU Winter Invite. Brent Hitchcock won the 1650 free (15:25.53), Steven Springer won the 100 butterfly (48.45), Michael Gallagher won the 400 IM (4:02.22) and 200 back (1:47.78), Bo Wullings the 200 free (1:38.05), Sean Johnson the 200 breast (2:02.09), Brett Boston the 200 fly (1:52.09) and Spencer Rogers the 50 free (20.73). The Buckeyes also won the 200 free (1:23.95), 200 medley (1:31.70) and 400 free (3:04.89) relays.

In a two-day swimming and diving tri-meet with Michigan and Penn State, Ohio State finished second. Michigan defeated Ohio State 194-140, while the Buckeyes bested Penn State 243-91. Michigan topped Penn State 264-70. Buckeye Andrew Elliott was the winner of the 200 backstroke, swimming that event in a time of 1:45.37. Ohio State swept the three-meter diving competition, behind the performances of Christian Holstein (429.68), Shane Miszkiel (411.60) and Stephen Ettienne (358.20). The Buckeyes also went one-two-three in the one-meter diving contest. Miszkiel was the winner with a score of 402.38, with Holstein second (368.03) and Ettienne third (332.40).

Ohio State was the winner of the 200 freestyle relay, where the Buckeye quartet of Jason Schnur, Zach Birnbrich, Lincoln Fahrbach and Zach Holmes (1:20.83) nipped Michigan's team (1:20.84) by just 1/100th of a second. Ohio State's relay of Jason Schnur, Lincoln Fahrbach, Zach Holmes and Zach Birnbrich captured the 400 freestyle relay in a time of 2:58.45.

Ohio State posted a commanding victory over visiting Harvard 181-118. Buckeye senior Andrew Elliott won the 100 backstroke in a time of 48.28, and took first place in the 200 back (1:46.53). In the 100, Kevin Lancki was second (49.50) and Markus Sievers fifth (53.71). In the 200, Steven Zimmerman was second (1:50.03) and Connor McDonald fourth (1:52.25).

Ohio State junior Jason Schnur won the 50 free (20.22); other placers from Ohio State in the 50 were Zach Birnbrich in fourth (21.08) and Steven Springer in fifth (21.39). Schnur also was the winner of the 100 free (44.34), with Zach Holmes finishing third (45.60) and Lincoln Fahrbach fourth (46.55) in that race.

In the 200 butterfly, Ohio State finished one-two-three behind Tamas Gercsak (1:47.79), Luke Stirton (1:49.19) and Ryan Bubb (1:50.40). Stirton won the 100 fly (49.21), followed by Lincoln Fahrbach (49.74), Bubb (50.45) and Garrett Trebilcock (50.76) as the Buckeyes swept first through fourth.

Ohio State divers finished one-two in the three-meter event, with Shane Miszkiel (425.48) and Christian Holstein (416.93) turning in the top performances. Holstein was the winner in the one-meter competition (359.25), with Miszkiel second (339.75) and Stephen Ettienne fourth (286.05).

The Buckeyes had the top three finishers in the 1000 freestyle: Brent Hitchcock (9:10.65), Alex Miller (9:19.46) and Rowan Williams (9:32.13). Hitchcock was also the winner of the 500 free (4:28.38) with Miller again second (4:28.44) and Williams third (4:36.51). The Buckeyes captured the 200 medley relay in 1:29.50, behind the efforts of Andrew Elliott, Keanu Stevenson, Jason Schnur and Zach Birnbrich. Ohio State's relay of Kevin Lancki, Jared Kauffman, Luke Stirton and Michael Meldon placed third (1:31.74). Ohio State swam the fastest time in the 400 free relay, as Jason Schnur, Zach Holmes, Jacob Schuster and Lincoln Fahrbach posted a 2:59.26 in an exhibition swim.

Ohio State led wire-to-wire in the five-team OSU Invitational in December, posting a score of 1567.5. Individual winners for the Buckeyes were: Andrew Elliott (200 back/school record 1:41.52; 100 back 46.84); Alex Miller (1650 free 14:59.74; 500 free 4:19.13); Jason Schnur (50 free 19.74; 100 free 43.48); Ryan Bubb (200 fly 1:44.66); Brent Hitchcock (400 IM 3:49.46); Zach Holmes (200 free 1:36.05); Markus Sievers (200 IM 1:46.66); and Keanu Stevenson (100 breast 53.95). Christian Holstein won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving. Ohio State also won all the relay events.

Ohio State defeated Purdue 170-130 and host Iowa 163-137 in a double dual meet at Iowa. Andrew Elliott set two pool records winning the 100 back in a time of 48.04 and the 200 back in a time of 1:46.29. Freshman Tamas Gerczak won the 200 butterfly in 1:48.33. Lincoln Fahrbach won the 100 butterfly in a time of 48.65; Fahrbach finished second in the 200 free (1:38.46). Ohio State's Christian Holstein won the one-meter diving competition with a score of 361.80. Shane Miszkiel was second at 361.35. They reversed finishes in the three-meter diving, with Miszkiel winning with a 401.48 score, followed by Holstein (359.40). The Buckeyes were first in the 200 medley relay, which Andrew Elliott, Keanu Stevenson, Lincoln Fahrbach and Jason Schnur swam in 1:29.12.

In a meet at Oxford, Ohio, the Buckeyes defeated the Miami Redhawks 149-122. The Buckeyes swept every event and featured two multiple event winners. Zach Holmes won the 100 free (46.33) and 200 free (1:40.82), while Alex Miller finished first in the 1000 and 500 freestyle with times of 9:21.29 and 4:35.82 respectively. Ohio State had 10 different swimmers post the fastest time in an individual event.

November 4, Ohio State defeated Virginia Tech (177-124), Cleveland State (211-90) and Division III power Denison (234-64) at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Ohio State finished one-two-three in two events. Alex Miller (4:30.22), Brent Hitchcock (4:30.40) and Ty Perkins (4:35.81) were the top three placers in the 1000 freestyle. In the 200 free, Zach Holmes (1:39.20), Lincoln Fahrbach (1:40.63) and Stephen Sakaris (1:40.73) completed the sweep. Duplicate winners for the Buckeyes were junior Zach Holmes in the 100 and 200 freestyle and the 400 free relay; senior Andrew Elliott in the 100 and 200 backstroke and 200 medley relay; junior Jason Schnur in the 50 free and the 200 medley and 400 free relays; freshman Keanu Stevenson in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 200 medley relay; sophomore Alex Miller in the 500 and 100 freestyle; and junior Zach Birnbrich in the 200 medley and 400 free relays. In the first competition of the season for Ohio State's divers, buckeye sophomore Shane Miszkiel (379.20) won the 3-meter diving and finished second (389.65) in the 1-meter competition.

In the season-opening 174-84 win over Kenyon College, Buckeye duplicate winners were senior Andrew Elliott in the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and as the leadoff of the 200 medley relay; freshman Tamas Gercsak in the 200 butterfly, 200 breaststroke and 200 IM; sophomore Alex Miller in the 500 and 100 free. Senior Lincoln Fahrbach won the 100 butterfly and was part of the victorious 200 medley relay, as was freshman Keanu Stevenson, who also won the 100 breaststroke.

Outstanding Autumn Quarter

The Buckeyes are making the grade in the classroom as well as the pool! Ohio State's men's swimmers and divers combined for an impressive 3.25 grade-point average during the 2011 Autumn Quarter. Three Buckeyes posted a perfect 4.0 grade-point average: Andrew Elliott, Chris Cowley and Joe Craven.

Nineteen more had a GPA of 3.5 or higher: Andrew Braun, Lincoln Fahrbach, Michael Gallagher, Tamas Gercsak, Connor McDonald, Alex Miller, Sean Monahan, Alex Osterhage, Dominic Pecze, Spencer Rogers, Markus Sievers, Steven Springer, Andrew Spurling, Keanu Stevenson, Luke Stirton, Garrett Trebilcock, Gavin Trebilcock, Bo Wullings and John Zucca.

Achieving at least a 3.0 GPA during the Autumn Quarter were: Zach Birnbrich, Michael DiSalle, Dmitry Dolgov, Zach Holmes, Christian Holstein, Sean Johnson, Jared Kauffman, Andrew Keily, Blaine Kincaid, Stephen Koch, Michael Meldon, Austin Mudd, Stephen Sakaris, Jacob Schuster and Steven Zimmerman.