No. 10 Buckeyes Back for Ohio State Invitational
Nov. 20, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - With a challenging field of competitors set to take stage at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, the 10th-ranked Ohio State men's swimming and diving team (8-0, 3-0 Big Ten) will host the eighth-annual Ohio State Invitational. Taking place Friday-Sunday, the NCAA championship-style format will provide an early test for the Scarlet and Gray.
The meet will match up some of the top-ranked teams in the nation - No. 2 Florida, Kentucky, No. 10 Ohio State and No. 24 Virginia. The Buckeyes will also welcome No. 22 Purdue, which will only compete in diving events.
Competition will begin Friday, Nov. 22 with preliminary races held at 11 a.m., while finals will follow beginning at 6 p.m. Live times, results and invitational information for the meet are available on the Invitational Central page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Name: 2013 Ohio State Invitational
Facility: Bill & Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Field (five teams):
Ohio State (10)
* Indicates diving only participation
Friday, Nov. 22
- Prelims - 11 a.m.
- Finals - 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23
- Prelims - 10 a.m.
- Finals - 6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24
- Prelims - 9 a.m.
- Finals - 3 p.m.
- Friday: Tuttle Garage (until 4 p.m.); Tuttle or Neil Ave. garages (after 4 p.m.)
- Saturday: Any "Day Of Game" football lot ($15)
- Sunday: Neil Ave. garage (all day)
A note from CampusParc:
"When parking in Tuttle Garage, please remember to take your entry ticket with you and pay the parking fee prior to returning to your vehicle. Payment machines are located at the ground floor elevator lobbies."
The Ohio State Invitational will observe the NCAA three-day Championship Meet Format from the 2013-14 NCAA Swimming and Diving Rule Book. There will be no preliminary heats of the relays. Relays will compete during finals only.
BUCKEYES IN THE RANKS
A month into the 2013-14 men's swimming and diving season, Ohio State has turned in several performances that rank among the top in the nation.
Against Virginia Tech, Cleveland State and Denison on Nov. 1, the 200 medley relay team of Matt McHugh, Josh Fleagle, Steven Zimmerman and Keanu Stevenson clocked a time of 1:28.41, which currently is the fifth fastest time in the nation this year. In the same dual meet, Alex Miller finished with a time of 9:09.93 in the 1000 freestyle, which is the ninth fastest time this year.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State opened up Big Ten competition Nov. 8 by defeating No. 22 Purdue, No. 21 Iowa and Northwestern at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
The Buckeyes were led by Alex Miller, Josh Fleagle and Matt McHugh, who all won multiple events. Fleagle was a part of two relay teams that took first place while also finishing first in the 100 freestyle and second in the 50 freestyle. Miller was first in the 1000 freestyle and 500 freestyle while McHugh swam on two winning relay teams and also took first place honors in the 100 butterfly.
SCOUTING THE SWIMMERS
Florida, currently ranked second nationally, will arrive in Columbus undefeated thus far this season. The Gators have not taken an easy road early, facing one of the most competitive schedules in the nation. In fact, the squad has already posted wins against No. 7 Minnesota, No. 14 Missouri, No. 6 Georgia and No. 16 Alabama. Last season, the Gators placed sixth at the NCAA Championships.
Ohio State will welcome a familiar opponent in the Kentucky Wildcats. Earlier this season, the squads met in Lexington, Ky. in front of a capacity crowd. The Buckeyes claimed wins in 11 events vs. the Wildcats. Since the matchup, Kentucky has earned a win over Southern Illinois and suffered loses to Missouri, Indiana and Tennessee.
The 24th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers are coming off a competitive quad-meet, where the squad took down West Virginia but fell to Texas and Penn State. With a 2-2 record on the season, Virginia also picked up a marquee win over Navy. Last season, the Cavaliers placed 27th at NCAAs.
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
Returning Big Ten Point Scorers
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
WELCOME COACH SOCHOR
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.
The Ohio State Invitational will serve as an end to the first-half of the season for the Buckeyes. Ohio State returns with three dual home meets remaining on the schedule - West Virginia (Jan. 31), Michigan (Feb. 1) and Wright State (Feb. 7). However, the squad will first send team members on the road for the Kenyon Winter Invite (Jan. 17) and a tri-meet at Eastern Michigan (Jan. 25).
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