COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 1-0 Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team will face in-state foes Denison and Cleveland State Friday at 5:30 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The meet will be a co-ed, double dual meet with the women’s teams from the respective schools. Admission is free.
Two Unbeatens This Week
Ohio State will face two state-of-Ohio opponents this week that are also undefeated early in the season. Half of the Denison swimmers defeated Ohio Wesleyan 153-91 in their home pool while the other half of the team traveled to Oberlin College and defeated the Yeomen, 180-55. The Big Red, 2-0, is ranked third in Division III.
Along with Denison, visiting Columbus Friday will be the Vikings of Cleveland State University. The Vikings remained undefeated in an unusual way last week at Oxford, swimming to a 150-150 tie against Miami University. Cleveland State already has four wins on the year against Gannon, Valparaiso, Niagara and Green Bay. Mark de Swardt has not lost an event for the Vikings this year and will be facing off with Ohio State’s top swimmers in the 500 and 1000 freestyle events.
54 Consecutive Wins
The Buckeyes have not lost a dual meet to an Ohio school in 12 years, with the last loss coming to Cincinnati during the 1997-98 season. The Buckeyes, after defeating Kenyon last week, have won 54 consecutive dual meets over schools from Ohio.
Divers On Board This Week
The diving team will be in competition this week at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, it’s first meet of the 2010-11 season. Expected to be competing on the one- and three-meter boards Friday are freshmen Shane Miskiel (Victoria, British Columbia) and Christian Holstein (Upper Arlington, Ohio).
Holmes Big Ten co-Swimmer of the Week
Zach Holmes was named the co-Big Ten Conference Swimmer of the Week this week for his three-win effort in Ohio State’s win over Kenyon. The sophomore from Houston, Texas, and Lamar High School captured top honors in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.95, then followed that performance with another winning effort in the 100 freestyle, clocking in at 45.22. Holmes earned his third victory of the night in the 200 freestyle relay, as the team finished with a time of 1:22.21. This is his second Big Ten weekly honor as he was also swimmer of the week on Feb. 16, 2010.
Coach Bill Wadley: “Zach Holmes was awesome [against Kenyon]. To be swimming that fast at this time of the year, I am very pleased.”
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 team at OhioStateBuckeyes.com for a link to the live results.
Order of Events
The 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:
Buckeyes Victorious in Season Opener
Ohio State will look to build upon its 180.5-75.5 win over Ohio Division III power Kenyon College last Saturday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes were lead by four multiple event winners; Andrew Elliott (100 and 200 backstroke), Zach Holmes (50 and 100 freestyle), Brent Hitchcock (500 and 1000 freestyle) and Justin Farra (100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley). The men’s team won every event in the meet and swept the top three spots in eight of the 14 races.
Big Ten Coach of the Year Bill Wadley
Bill Wadley enters his 22nd year at Ohio State with a dual meet record of 210-44. 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.
Next up for the Buckeyes will be pair of same-day-but-separate meets on Friday, Nov. 12 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The first will pit the Buckeyes vs. Miami at 3 p.m. with the second meet of the day starting at 5:30 p.m. vs. No.12 Tennessee.