Twelve Buckeyes Ready For 2014 NCAA Championships
March 26, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the final showcase of the 2013-14 campaign, 12 members of the Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team will compete at the 2014 NCAA Championships this week in Austin, Texas. The meet is to take place Thursday (March 27) through Saturday (March 29) at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the campus of the University of Texas.
Each day, preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m. CDT, with finals set for a 7 p.m. CDT start time.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, March 27
200 Freestyle Relay
400 Medley Relay
Friday, March 28
200 Medley Relay
800 Freestyle Relay
Saturday, March 29
400 Freestyle Relay
STREAM IT LIVE
Live streaming will be available each set, each day of the 2014 NCAA Championships. Fans can look to TexasSports.com for trials on all competition days, as well as finals on Thursday, March 27. ESPN3.com will stream event finals on Friday and Saturday. The meet will also air with tape-delayed broadcast on ESPNU Wednesday, April 9 at 8 p.m.
ALL-AMERICANS AND MORE
Ohio State has produced 283 swimming All-American honors (including honorable mention accolades) and 175 diving All-Americans. Last season, the Buckeyes had a total of 20 All-American recognitions at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
The Buckeyes will arrive at the NCAA championships with one of the richest histories of any program attending. Ohio State has 11 NCAA team titles – second-most in NCAA history – with the last in 1962. The Buckeyes have finished in the Top 15 the last five-consecutive seasons. Last season, the team returned home with a 12th-place showing.
THE BUCKEYE QUALIFIERS
Buckeye swimming has qualified 12 team members to compete at the 2014 NCAA Championships – eight individually. For the last decade, Ohio State has sent double-digit numbers to the national championships each season.
- Michael DiSalle - 200 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle Relay, 400 Medley Relay, 800 Freestyle Relay, 400 Freestyle Relay
- Josh Fleagle - 200 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle Relay, 200 Medley Relay, 800 Freestyle Relay, 400 Freestyle Relay
- Tamas Gercsak - 400 IM
- Steffen Hillmer – 800 Freestyle Relay, 400 Freestyle Relay
- DJ MacDonald – 400 Medley Relay
- Connor McDonald - 100 Backstroke, 200 Backstroke, 400 Medley Relay
- Matt McHugh - 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle Relay, 400 Medley Relay
- Alex Miller – 800 Freestyle Relay
- Tim Phillips - 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle Relay, 200 Medley Relay, 400 Freestyle Relay
- Keanu Stevenson - 200 Medley Relay
- Garrett Trebilcock - 100 Backstroke, 200 Medley Relay
- Steven Zimmerman - 200 Backstroke
Qualified Relays (times included)
- 200 Freestyle Relay (1:17.93)
- 400 Medley Relay (3:06.63)
- 200 Medley Relay (1:24.90)
- 800 Freestyle Relay (6:18.85)
- 400 Freestyle Relay (2:51.68)
The Buckeyes welcome back this season eight of 12 swimming qualifiers from the 2013 NCAA Championships, including first team All-American Tim Phillips.
BACK TO THE B1G
Ohio State concluded its time at the 2014 Big Ten Championships in third place with 515 points accumulated. First Team All-Big Ten accolades went out to Matt McHugh, Tim Phillips, Michael DiSalle and Josh Fleagle, while second-team recognition went out to DJ MacDonald and Connor McDonald. The Buckeyes captured B1G titles in the 200 freestyle relay (DiSalle, Fleagle, McHugh and Phillips) and 100 butterfly (Phillips) events.
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 crowd 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.
To round out the Scarlet and Gray’s home campaign, the team hosted the Ohio State Winter Invitational. An individual meet in essence, winners for the Buckeyes included Ian Betts, Nick Wrightson, Dominic Pecze, Keanu Stevenson and Matt Moen.