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COLUMBUS, Ohio –The largest contingent of swimmers and divers to represent Ohio State University at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships will converge this week on the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion for the 2010 version of the fastest collegiate meet in the world.

A total of 18 Buckeyes – 15 swimmers and three divers – will compete at the NCAA championships this Thursday through Saturday. Preliminaries begin at 12 noon each day with finals set for 7 p.m. Some tickets for the sessions remain and can be purchased online here or at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion while supplies last. All session tickets cost $75 while single session prices are $15 for preliminary rounds and $20 for the finals.

Schedule of Events – March 25-27

Thursday, March 25 – Day 1

  • 200 Freestyle Relay
  • 500 Freestyle
  • 200 Individual Medley
  • 50 Freestyle
  • 1-Meter Diving
  • 400 Medley Relay

Friday, March 26 – Day 2

  • 200 Medley Relay
  • 400 Individual Medley
  • 100 Butterfly
  • 200 Freestyle
  • 100 Breaststroke
  • 100 Backstroke
  • 3-Meter Diving
  • 800 Free Relay

Saturday, March 27 – Day 3

  • 200 Backstroke
  • 100 Freestyle
  • 200 Breaststroke
  • 200 Butterfly
  • 10-Meter Platform
  • 400 Free relay

Teams, Numbers and More  Student-athletes from 48 different schools will be competing this week with 235 swimmers and 35 divers taking part. The school breakdown includes 41 schools with swimmers and/or divers and seven schools being represented by divers only. A few more numbers notes:

  • Ohio State, under the direction of diving coach Vince Panzano, will have the second-most divers in the meet with three: seniors Ryan Jefferson, Burkley Showe and Wes Wieser. Only Purdue has more.
  • Big Ten Coach of the Year Bill Wadley’s contingent of 15 swimmers is the most from any Big Ten school and it ranks sixth nationally, behind only Arizona, Cal and Texas with 18 swimmers apiece, Auburn’s 17 and Stanford’s 16.
  • 2010 represents the eighth consecutive year Ohio State will bring a team to the NCAA championships.
  • In the five years Ohio State has called the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion home, the Buckeyes have finished no worse than 21st nationally at this event and the team is on a current streak of three consecutive Top 16 finishes (12th in 2007; 16th in 2008; 14th in 2009).

Streaming Video  NCAA.com will stream both sessions of competition on Thursday and Friday, and the preliminary session on Saturday. ESPN360.com will stream the finals live on Saturday. To access the stream, visit www.ESPN360.com. Click on the FAQs link for software and system requirements, etc.  Anyone with a .edu e-mail address is able to obtain access to ESPN360 at no cost. 

NCAA Championships Home Page  NCAA.com is hosting the official 2010 Men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships home page. Click here to find streaming video and live stats links, venue information, times, schedule of events, directions to the venue, parking info and much, much more.

The McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion  The Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion was dedicated Oct. 14, 2005. Swimming events are contested at the Mike Peppe Natatorium and the diving events are held in the Ron O’Brien Diving Well. McCorkle is nestled snuggly among several historic, venerable and state-of-the-art facilities: Ohio Stadium sits to its northwest; the Thompson Memorial Library is directly east and the entrance to the Recreation and Physical Activities Center (RPAC) is adjacent to the entrance to McCorkle.

McCorkle Championships History  The McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion has previously hosted the 2008 NCAA Women’s Division I Swimming & Diving Championships. It has also hosted these Big Ten Conference Swimming & Diving Championships: 2010 Men’s; 2008 Women’s; 2007 Men’s; 2006 Women’s.

Ohio State and the NCAA Championships  Ohio State has a rich NCAA championship history and tradition. The school is making its 70th NCAA appearance this year. In one 20-year span the team won 11 NCAA crowns (1943-45-46-47-49-50-52-54-55-56-62) under the great Mike Peppe, who the natatorium at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion is named after. No school has won more NCAA titles. Buckeyes have won 118 individual swimming and diving titles while 196 have been named All-American swimmers and 167 have been named All-American divers. 

2010 Big Ten Champion Buckeyes  Ohio State enters the 2010 NCAA championships as the champions of the Big Ten Conference. Just one month ago at McCorkle, Ohio State used its tremendous depth to score 860.5 points to win its first Big Ten crown in 54 years. Michigan and Minnesota were second and third with 715.50 and 497 points, respectively. Some of the highlights:

  • Every swimmer and diver competing at the meet for the Buckeyes scored points – 25 in all!
  • Ohio State had 33 different “finals” swims or dives and 14 consolation appearances for 47 point scoring opportunities.
  • 2010 Big Ten champion Buckeyes included George Markovic (500 free), Elliott Keefer (100 breaststroke), Andrew Elliott (100 backstroke), Stefan Sigrist (1650 free) and the 200 freestyle relay team of Joel Elber, Lincoln Fahrbach, Andrew Olson and Tim Phillips.
  • NCAA “A” cuts were produced in the 800 free relay (Markovic, Olson, Stephen Sakaris and Tim Phillips), 500 freestyle (Markovic), 100 backstroke (Elliott), 1650 freestyle (Sigrist) and 200 breaststroke (Keefer).
  • Eight Buckeyes were named All-Big Ten: Elber, Elliott, Fahrbach, Keefer, Markovic, Olson, Phillips and Sigrist.
  • Four were named second-team All-Big Ten: Andrew Bretscher, Sam Pelkey, Stephen Sakaris and Wes Wieser.
  • Ohio State’s winning total of 860.50 points was the second highest point total in championships history.

Also This Season…  Ohio State went 9-1 in the dual meet season, 3-1 in the Big Ten, with its only loss coming to Michigan in a two-day quadrangular meet at the end of January that also featured Northwestern and Penn State. Some notes on the year…

  • Aside from the loss to Michigan by a score of 197-135, Ohio State was absolutely dominant in the dual meets, winning its nine meets by an average score of 184-102.
  • At the Ohio State invite, the Buckeyes took first in the five-team swimming field that also included Minnesota. The Buckeyes outscored the second-place Golden Gophers in the Invite, 1,364-784.
  • Ohio State was second at the four-team Purdue Invitational, won by Louisville.

Team is an Academic Heavyweight, Too  Ohio State is dominant in the classroom as a team. Last year the team had the fourth-highest team grade point average – 3.37 – in the nation and the highest among all public schools, and it was awarded College Swim Coaches Association of America Scholar-Athlete Team honors. Ohio State currently ranks 15th in team GPA so far this season.

Seven Big Ten Distinguished Scholars  Seven Ohio State swimmers and divers are part of the Big Ten Conference’s inaugural class of recipients for the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award, announced last spring. Distinguished Scholars must have earned a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher for the academic year. Six current Buckeyes were named to the list:

  • Junior Itai Chammah, a business major from Yavne, Israel;
  • Junior Justin Farra, a political science major from Clarksville, Ohio;
  • Senior diver Ryan Jefferson, an education and human ecology major from Madison, Wisc.;
  • Junior diver Sean Moore, a business major from Englewood, Colo., who was one of only 69 student-athletes across the Big Ten with a perfect 4.0 GPA last year;
  • Senior Mark Neiman, a business major from Cherry Hill, N.J.; and
  • Senior Stefan Sigrist, a business major from Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

Rather Impressive Academic Numbers  One final two-part note on the academic accomplishments of Ohio State’s swimmers and divers: last year the team had 35 OSU Scholar-Athletes and 16 Academic All-Big Ten Conference honorees. (Both lists have GPA thresholds of 3.0 for the year but one must be a key performer to qualify for the Big Ten honor.)

More on Coach Bill Wadley  2010 Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year Bill Wadley is in his 21st year at Ohio State and has a dual meet record of 210-44. He has coached 15 Olympians and his teams have been ranked in the NCAA Top 25 for 17 of the past 20 seasons. Buckeye swimmers and divers have qualified for the NCAA championships in 18 of Wadley’s 20 years as coach. His Ohio State dual-meet record of 186-34 represents the most dual meet wins in Ohio State coaching history. Wadley has also produced more than 35 world-ranked swimmers and 15 of his student-athletes have reached the Olympics, including current Buckeyes Itai Chammah and Niksa Roki.

Assistant Coach Jessen Book  Jessen Book is in his second season as the team’s assistant coach. Book was a three-time Academic All-American and an All-America distance swimmer for Kenyon College.

Diving Coach Vince Panzano  Mike Peppe. Ron O’Brien. Vince Panzano. The strong and respected Ohio State University diving program has had only three coaches in its remarkable history and it only seems right that all three are Ohio State graduates. Peppe started the program and coached 44 NCAA champions, including O’Brien, and 25 Olympians. O’Brien coached eight NCAA champions and eight Olympians before turning the program over to Panzano, who was one of O’Brien’s divers between 1970-72. Panzano, who has coached 12 NCAA champions and eight Olympians, has been coach at Ohio State since 1977 and now, 32 years later, he is the dean of all Ohio State head coaches.

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