Ohio State to Host Home Opener vs. Kenyon College

Ian Betts
Ian Betts

Oct. 23, 2013



COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team welcomes the Kenyon College Lords for a dual meet clash at 6 p.m. Friday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The meet will serve as the squad’s home opener, and will also feature competition between the Ohio State and Kenyon women’s swimming and diving programs.

The meet will be run with alternating women’s and men’s races with two breaks for 1- and 3-meter diving competition. The order of events will be:

1.  200 medley relay
2.  1000 free
3.  200 free
4.  100 back
5.  100 breast
6.  200 fly
7.  50 free
8.  1-meter diving
9.  100 free
10. 200 back
11. 200 breast
12. 500 free
13. 100 fly
14. 3-meter diving
15. 200 IM
16. 200 free relay

Over the summer, Justin Sochor was named head coach of the Ohio State diving team. Sochor, who was head coach for Team USA at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, is no stranger to the remarkable Buckeye diving program.

The 2010 USA Diving Junior National Coach of the Year, Sochor transitioned from a three-year stint at the helm of the U.S. Elite Diving Academy to the program manager and head coach of the Ohio State Diving Club in 2010. Sochor, who was a volunteer assistant coach for the Buckeyes from 2007-10, worked closely with former coach Vince Panzano and considers his predecessor as his coaching mentor.



In front of a capacity crowd at Lancaster Aquatics Center, the Buckeyes recently opened the season with a 176-122 at Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. Ohio State claimed wins in 11 events vs. the Wildcats. Junior Josh Fleagle collected two individual wins, while senior Tamas Gercsak, Keanu Stevenson, Steven Zimmerman, DJ MacDonald, Connor McDonald, Alex Miller, Michael DiSalle and Jovan Mitrovic also touched the wall first in their respective races.

The Big Ten Conference announced Steffen Hillmer as the Big Ten Freshman of the week Oct. 15. A native of Essen, Germany, Hillmer was a part of the 400-yard freestyle relay that claimed first with a time of 3:01.20 to close out a 176-122 win over the University of Kentucky. The OSU freshman also posted two Top 5 marks in both of his individual events at the season-opening meet.

Last season, the Kenyon men earned the program's 32nd national title by winning the 2013 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship. The Lords opened their 2013-14 campaign last Saturday by hosting the annual Kenyon Relays. Of the eight swimming events on schedule, the Kenyon men took home six to finish first among the seven competing teams.

In an intra-squad exhibition between members of the Ohio State men's swimming program, Team Gray ended the meet with a 146-116 victory over the Scarlet Oct 18 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Gray held off a late effort from the Scarlet, winning eight events in the process. The following day the program welcomed back former team members for an Alumni vs. Varsity showdown. The friendly competition provided current Buckeyes the opportunity to mingle with each of the alumni in attendance.

Ohio State is coming off a 12th-place showing at the 2013 NCAA Championships as well as third-place ranking at the Big Ten championships. The Buckeyes welcome back eight of 12 swimming qualifiers from the 2013 NCAA Championships, including first team All-American Tim Phillips. On the diving side, All-American Shane Miszkiel also is set to return for the upcoming campaign.

Miszkiel finished strong at the conference championships, earning Co-Diver of the Big Ten Championships after taking home the 3-meter title. The swimming team brings back 14 Big Ten point scorers in all. 

Returning NCAA Qualifiers
Michael DiSalle
Tamas Gercsak
Connor McDonald
Alex Miller
Shane Miszkiel
Tim Phillips
Keanu Stevenson
Garrett Trebilcock
Steven Zimmerman

Returning Big Ten Point Scorers
Ryan Bubb
Chris Cowley
Michael DiSalle
Stephen Ettienne
Tamas Gercsak
Christian Holstein
DJ MacDonald
Connor McDonald
Alex Miller
Shane Miszkiel
Jovan Mitrovic
Tim Phillips
Keanu Stevenson
Dak Stone
Garrett Trebilcock
Rowan Williams
Steven Zimmerman

The men’s swimming program signed a 13-member freshman class for the 2013-14 season. The group of National Letter Intent signees includes nine top swimmers and one decorated diver from Ohio, standouts from Wisconsin and Connecticut and two impressive international swimmers.

2013 Ohio State Signing Class
Andrew Appleby
Mark Belanger
Kevin Bressler
Charlie Fry
Alex Gonzalez
Jack Hendricks
Steffen Hillmer
Vladislav Komarov
Joey Long
Matt McHugh
Matt Moen
Alex Rosen
Micah Simpson

The Buckeyes will return to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion for a meet featuring Virginia Tech, Cleveland State and Denison Friday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m.