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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 8-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team takes on its first Big Ten opponent in a dual meet this weekend as it hosts Michigan State in a 1 p.m. meet Saturday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The meet will actually be a double dual meet with both program’s women’s teams in action as well. Admission is free.

The meet will be the first of four head-to-head competitions against Big Ten teams for the defending Big Ten Conference champion Buckeyes. Next weekend the team will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to compete against the Wolverines, Penn State and Northwestern in a two-day affair that will be fast and fiercely intense as the teams seek speed and the mental edge in advance of the Big Ten championships five weeks from now in Minneapolis, Minn.  

A Little Time Off  Ohio State did not have a meet last weekend. The team’s last bout of racing came Jan. 7 against Wright State, a 175-90 win for the Scarlet and Gray that improved the team’s record to 6-0 this season. It also marked the 58th consecutive win over an Ohio college or university for Ohio State, dating back to the 1997-98 season.

Very Little Time Off  Michigan State competed last weekend vs. Purdue and will meet Notre Dame in a dual meet Friday evening in East Lansing before heading to Columbus on Saturday.

More on Michigan State  Michigan State was ninth at the 2010 Big Ten championships. The Spartans are 4-1 in dual meets this season, including a 1-1 record in duals against Big Ten competition. Michigan State most recently swam against Purdue and defeated the Boilermakers, 164.5-135.5, on Saturday.  Matt Gianiodis is in his 13th season as a coach at Michigan State and he is in his eighth season as head coach of both the men’s and women’s programs.

Live Meet Scoring  Can’t make it to the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion to see the meet live? Visit the home page for the Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team at OhioStateBuckeyes.com for a link to the live results. Live scoring direct link:

Ohio State vs. Michigan State

Order of Events  The Michigan State meet will be run with alternating women’s and men’s races with two breaks for 1- and 3-meter diving competitions. The order of events will be:

  • 200 medley relay
  • 1000 free
  • 200 free
  • 100 back
  • 100 breast
  • 200 fly
  • 50 free
  • 3-meter diving
  • 100 free
  • 200 back
  • 200 breast
  • 500 free
  • 100 fly
  • 1-meter diving
  • 200 IM
  • 200 free relay

What’s Up with the Buckeyes  Although not a complete reflection of what’s going on in the Big Ten Conference because one just doesn’t know how the other teams have prepared for their meets so far, it is rather comforting to know that Buckeyes are positioned among the Top 5 fastest competitors in the Big Ten – to date – in 12 of the 14 individual swimming events. And in six events, two Buckeyes have Top 5 times:

200 backstroke – Andrew Elliott has the second-fastest time and Markus Sievers is No. 5;

100 breaststroke – Elliott Keefer and Justin Farra are one-two in this event;

200 breaststroke – Keefer has the fastest time and Farra the fourth-fastest;

100 butterfly – Tim Phillips is No. 2 and Quincy Lee is fifth; and

200 butterfly – Lee is ranked third and Luke Stirton is fifth.

Team’s Top Times So Far…

50 free – Lincoln Fahrbach, 20.21 B

100 free – Lincoln Fahrbach, 44.71

200 free – Stephen Sakaris, 1:37.27 B

500 free – Brent Hitchcock, 4:23.62, B

1000 free – Brent Hitchcock, 9:18.79

1,650 free – Ty Perkins, 15:17.77 B

100 back – Andrew Elliott, 46.15 A

200 back – Andrew Elliott, 1:42.62 B

100 breast – Elliott Keefer, 54.12 B

200 breast – Elliott Keefer, 1:55.55 B

100 fly – Tim Phillips, 47.07 B

200 fly – Quincy Lee 1:45.57 B

200 IM – Justin Farra, 1:45.96 B  

400 IM – Justin Farra, 3:50.16 B

200 free relay – Fahrbach, Schnur, Holmes, Phillips, 1:20.15 B

400 free relay – Fahrbach, Holmes, Schnur, Phillips, 2:56.23 B

800 free relay – Holmes, Fahrbach, Sakaris, Phillips, 6:27.81 B

200 medley relay – Elliott, Keefer, Lee, Schnur, 1:27.35 B

400 medley relay – Elliott, Keefer, Lee, Phillips, 3:10.07 B

A indicates NCAA qualifying standard; B indicates NCAA provisional qualifying standard

Even More Comforting  Impressed with the number of Big Ten Top 5 swims by the Buckeyes so far? Dig this: all five Ohio State relays are currently ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the Big Ten with four of them – 400 free, 800 free, 200 medley and 400 medley – the fastest in the conference to date.

Poll Positions  Ohio State has dropped one place to No. 8 in the latest TYR/College Swimming Coaches Association of America Top 25 poll. The Buckeyes are the highest-ranked Big Ten Conference team.

Ohio State…To Date  Coach Bill Wadley’s men’s team is 6-0 in dual meets this season and and also has a huge and impressive win over a 12-team field at the AT&T U.S. Short Course National Championships.  The team has dual meet wins over Kenyon, Cleveland State, Denison, Miami, Tennessee and Wright State. The Buckeyes also have a runner-up finish at the seven-team Purdue Invitational.

Captains  Senior Ben Savonen and two juniors – Andrew Elliott and Lincoln Fahrbach – were named captains of the defending Big Ten champion Buckeyes. Selected by a team vote, the three chosen exemplify the dedication, perseverance and overall spirit of the collective group.

International Tim  Tim Phillips competed for Team USA at the 2010 FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships in Dubai in December. Phillips was part of a U.S. team of 19 men’s swimmers.

Swimmers of the Week  Three Buckeyes have been named Big Ten Conference Swimmer of the Week this season: Zach Holmes, Tim Phillips and Justin Farra.

Big Ten Coach of the Year Bill Wadley  Bill Wadley, the 2010 Big Ten Coach of the Year, is in his 22nd year at Ohio State and he has an Ohio State dual meet record of 192-34. He has coached 15 Olympians and his teams have been ranked in the NCAA Top 25 for 18 of the past 21 seasons. Buckeye swimmers and divers have qualified for the NCAA championships in 19 of Wadley’s 21 years as coach. Wadley has also produced more than 35 world ranked swimmers.

Diving Coach Vince Panzano  Vince Panzano is in his 33rd year as coach at his alma mater. He has produced one world champion, one junior world champion, two Olympic medalists, 23 U.S. diving champions, 12 NCAA champions, 16 NCAA runners-up, 54 Big Ten champions and 86 All-Americans. Panzano also has coached Ohio State and McDonald’s Diving to six national team titles. He has had divers on five of the last six Olympic Teams.

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