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Oct. 9, 2002

The 2002-03 Ohio State men’s diving program should be a sure shot at both dual meets and the Big Ten championship this season.

With diving coach Vince Panzano returning for his silver anniversary as coach of the Ohio State program, he will lead two of the finest divers he has seen in his tenure as coach.

Heath Knowling, the 2002 Big Ten Diver of the Year and an All-Big Ten honoree, returns for his senior season. Knowling is the 2002 Big Ten Champion in both the 1- and 3-meter dive.

Mitch Richeson, coming off an outstanding freshman campaign, also will return for the Buckeyes. Richeson was a finalist at Big Ten championships in both the 1- and 3-meter competitions. Richeson finished third in the 1-meter and eighth in the 3-meter. He also qualified for U.S. Diving Championships in the summer of 2002.

The team also adds two freshmen to the mix.

Mark Dreyer, comes to the United States from South Africa as a top diver with a wealth of international experience.

The Buckeyes’ other freshman is Nick Hanneman, who comes to Ohio State from Upper Arlington, Ohio. Hanneman comes to campus as the reigning Ohio high school diving champion.

“With Heath, Mitch and these two newcomers, we should have a team that will do well both in our duel meet competitions and at the Big Ten championships,” Panzano, a three-time NCAA diving coach of the year, said. “All four have a realistic chance to qualify and (reach the finals) at the NCAA championships.”