Trio of Teams to Face No. 11 Ohio State

Keanu Stevenson
Keanu Stevenson

Oct. 30, 2013


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 11th-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team (2-0) will host No. 14 Virginia Tech, Cleveland State and Denison for a showdown Friday evening at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The meet is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start time, but heats for the 1000 freestyle will take place at 4:40 p.m.

The meet will run with alternating women’s and men’s races with two breaks for 1- and 3-meter diving competition. The 16-event format will include two heats for each event.

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

The Buckeyes claimed a 186-101 victory over Kenyon College last Friday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. It was a solid showing for the Scarlet and Gray, as the squad touched first in 14 swimming events to compliment two wins from the diving contingent.

Two Ohio State team members – Stephen Ettienne and Matt McHugh – garnered honors this week from the Big Ten Conference. Ettienne was named the Diver of the Week, while McHugh was the Freshman of the Week.

Ettienne, a junior from Waterbury, Conn., placed first in the three-meter (410.03) diving competition against Kenyon College and met NCAA Zone Diving standards. This marked his first-career Diver of the Week honor. 



McHugh, a freshmen from West Bend, Wis., placed first in the 100-yard butterfly (48.62), 100-yard backstroke (49.18) and 200-yard medley relay (1:31.40), helping the Buckeyes post a 186-101 victory against the Lords.

Virginia Tech, ranked 14th-nationally, is off to a solid start this season. The Hokies began their campaign at home hosting a pair of dual meet competitors, including ACC rival North Carolina. Tech went 2-0 against their competition and made history by defeating the Tar Heels for the first time in a dual format. Most recently, the squad took down NC State, 185-113, in its second home event of the season.

In-state foes Cleveland State and Denison return to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion for an annual meeting with the Buckeyes. The Vikings are coming off a victory vs. Green Bay, while the Big Red enter the meet with a recent win over Malone.

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

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.

Ohio State will return to the pool Nov. 8 when the squad travels to West Lafayette, Ind. to take on Purdue, Iowa and Northwestern. It will be the first Big Ten competition the Buckeyes have faced this season. The following day the team will make a stop in Oxford, Ohio for a dual with Miami (Ohio).