Twelve Buckeyes Ready For 2014 NCAA Championships
March 26, 2014
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
Friday, March 28
Saturday, March 29
STREAM IT LIVE
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 BUCKEYE QUALIFIERS
Qualified Relays (times included)
BACK TO THE B1G
PHILLIPS BREAKS AMERICAN RECORD
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
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.