Buckeyes Set to Host Ohio State Invitational
Competition begins at 11 a.m. Friday

Nov. 28, 2012

Ohio State Invitational Central

– The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team will host a challenging field of opponents at the seventh-annual Ohio State Invitational held Friday-Sunday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. With a NCAA championship-style format in place, the invitational will serve as an early test for the six-team field, which includes three Top 10 teams.

Competition will begin Friday, Nov. 30 with preliminary races held at 11 a.m., while the finals will follow beginning at 6 p.m. Live stats, results and invitational information for the meet are available on the Invitational Central page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

2012 Ohio State Invitational
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Field (six teams):

Florida (5)
Indiana (7)
North Carolina (17)
Ohio State (10)

*Purdue (24)

* Indicates participation in only diving events

Start Times:
Friday, Nov. 30­

  • Prelims: 11 a.m.
  • Finals: 6 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 1

  • Prelims: 10 a.m.
  • Finals: 5 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 2

  • Prelims: 9 a.m.
  • Finals: 3 p.m.

The Ohio State Invitational will observe the NCAA 3-day Championship Meet Format from the 2012-13 NCAA Swimming and Diving Rule Book. There will be no preliminary heats of the relays. Relays will compete during finals only.

The competitive field welcomed by the Buckeyes includes a total of five ranked teams – No. 5 Florida, No. 7 Indiana, No. 10 Ohio State, No. 17 North Carolina and No. 24 Purdue - as well as four opponents hailing from the Big Ten Conference – Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin and Ohio State.

The University of Florida leads with way with a Top 5 ranking after impressive wins over No. 9 Georgia, No. 12 South Carolina, No. 21 Texas and No. 19 Florida State. The Gators boast a 5-0 overall record and are 3-0 in SEC competition.

Along with Ohio State, Indiana is another team making an appearance in Columbus ranked in the Top 10 by the CSCAA. The Hoosiers have claimed wins over three Top 25-ranked teams thus far this season for an overall record of 4-2 and a conference showing of 1-1. Purdue University will only compete in the diving portion of the invitational. 

The latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America rankings have the Buckeyes posted in the No. 10 spot nationally. Jumping 12 slots from the program’s previous ranking, Ohio State’s upset-win over No. 13 Tennessee on the road (Nov. 9) is believed to be one of the main factors drawing in national attention. The Buckeyes are one of seven ranked teams hailing from the Big Ten Conference, including top-ranked Michigan.

The Ohio State men's swimming and diving team did not back down from its challenge of sending half the team to Knoxville, Tenn., while keeping half home to compete against Miami as the Buckeyes pulled off two dual wins Nov. 9. The Buckeyes (5-0, 0-0 Big Ten) defeated then-No. 13 Tennessee, 176.50-123.50, while downing Miami, 140-112, in Columbus at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

Here are some the highlights of the day:

  • Junior distance swimmer Alex Miller looked strong in his two races against the Volunteers, claiming wins in the 1000 freestyle (9:16.38) and 500 freestyle (4:28.17), respectively.  
  • With two wins on the day, redshirt junior Tim Phillips carried momentum for the squad in Tennessee with two event wins of his own – 200 freestyle (1:38.85) and 100 butterfly (48.81).
  • In diving, Shane Miszkiel took down the volunteers in the three-meter springboard competition with a total score of 387.98, while Christian Holstein finished second in the one-meter event with a total score of 349.80.
  • Meanwhile in Columbus, junior Michael Gallagher, sophomore Jared Kauffman and sophomore Sean Monahan highlighted the meet against Miami with two individual wins each, respectively.

Admission to the 2012 Ohio State Invitational is free. Meet programs and heat sheets will be made available. Meet programs are free of charge and heat sheets will be sold throughout the competition for a cost of $5 per session.

Following the Ohio State Invitational, the Buckeyes will enjoy a training-filled winter break before returning to competition at home vs. Wright State on Jan. 11.