Buckeyes Sweep Weekly Big Ten Awards
Nov. 26, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Three members of the 10th-ranked Ohio State men's swimming and diving team have earned weekly honors from the Big Ten, the conference announced today. Connor McDonald is the Swimmer of the Week, Christian Holstein is the Diver of the Week and Matt McHugh is the Freshman of the Week.
McDonald, a junior from Lake Oswego, Ore., had several standout performances at last weekend's Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational, highlighted by his school-record time of 1:40.83 in the 200 backstroke. The time is the fastest in the nation so far this season. McDonald also finished first in the 100 backstroke (46.88) and was a member of the winning 200 medley relay team (1:25.57). In all, McDonald won three events, had personal-best times in four events, set three meet records and had two NCAA automatic qualifying times.
Holstein, a senior from Columbus, finished first in the 3-meter dive (403.60) and second in the 1-meter dive (371.15). Both dives met NCAA Zone Diving standards. This is his second Diver of the Week award this season.
McHugh, a freshman from West Bend, Wisc., swam with McDonald on the winning 200 medley relay team. He also had a second-place showing in the 100 butterfly (47.15, NCAA provisional time), a third-place finish in the 400 medley relay (3:11.25, NCAA provisional time), a fifth-place showing in the 400 freestyle relay (2:59.70) and seventh-place finish in the 100 backstroke (47.98, NCAA provisional time). In all, McHugh set three season-best times (45.05, 100 freestyle; 47.98, 100 backstroke; 47.15, 100 butterfly). This is McHugh's second Freshman of the Week honor this season.
Led by the efforts of McDonald, Holstein and McHugh, the Buckeyes finished first at the invitational, totaling 1,137 points to edge out second-ranked Florida. Ohio State also finished ahead of 18th-ranked Virginia, Kentucky and Purdue, which competed in diving only.
On hiatus for the month of December, Ohio State will return to competition on Jan. 17-18 at the Kenyon Winter Invitational.
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