COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State scored points in five events Friday at the 2011 NCAA Swimming and Diving championships and has moved into 10th place after Day 2 of the national championships which are taking place at the University of Minnesota’s University Aquatics Center. Ohio State has now scored points in eight different events over the first two days of action.
Three more school records were broken Friday, giving Ohio State six new marks at this meet. And Ohio State swam to 11 more All-America or honorable mention All-America awards, giving the program 20 such awards at this meet and putting in jeopardy the all-time school mark of 29 All-America honors set at the 2010 championships.
Relays accounted for 36 points Friday, but there were two highlight individual swims by Buckeyes. Tim Phillips placed fifth in the 100 butterfly in school record time of 45.90 to earn All-America honors. Phillips has now picked up three All-America accolades at this meet and seven over his first two seasons as a Buckeye.
And senior Justin Farra was spectacular in the 400 individual medley. He topped his own personal best by nearly five seconds and broke the school record by nearly three seconds with a preliminary race time of 3:45.99. He then went 3:46.97 in the consolation final to finish 15th and earn honorable mention All-America honors, his first such award.
The 200 medley relay team swam to All-America honors, taking seventh in 1:25.75. Members of this relay team, which smashed the school record in prelims with a time of 1:25.29, were Andrew Elliott, Elliott Keefer, Quincy Lee and Jason Schnur. Elliott and Keefer were part of the fifth-place 400 medley relay team on Thursday and thus each picked up a second All-America honor at this meet. Lee, a senior, and Schnur, a sophomore in his first NCAAs, each secured his first All-America honor.
Keefer swam a personal best time of 53.11 in the 100 breaststroke preliminaries and then he went 53.22 in the finals and placed 13th for another honorable mention All-American award. It was Keefer’s second-highest finish in an NCAA individual event, after the 12th-place finish he had in the 200 breaststroke at last year’s NCAA meet.
Other Buckeye performances Friday included Elliott placing 18th in the 100 backstroke, Lee finishing 19th in the 100 butterfly, Fahrbach placing 27th in the 200 freestyle, Markus Sievers placing 30th in the 100 back in a personal best time of 47.91, and Christian Holstein finishing 31st on the 3-meter springboard.
Ohio State ranks second among Big Ten schools at this meet with its 97 points. Michigan is ninth with 131 points. Leading the meet is California with 352 points with Texas second with 288.5 points. Stanford, Arizona and Florida round out the top five.
2011 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships
Day 2 Team Scores: 1. California 352, 2. Texas 288.5, 3. Stanford 278.5, 4. Arizona 214, 5. Florida 213; Also 10. Ohio State 97
Event Winners: 200 medley relay – 1. California, 1:23.12; 7. Schnur, Fahrbach, Birnbrich, Phillips, Ohio State (1:25.75); 400 individual medley – 1. Cregar, Georgia (3:40.97); 15. Farra, Ohio State (3:46.97); 100 butterfly – 1. Staab, Stanford (44.69); 5. Phillips, Ohio State (45.90); 19. Lee (46.45); 100 breaststroke – 1. Dugonjic, California (50.94); 13. Keefer, Ohio State (53.22); 200 freestyle – 1. Fraser, Florida (1:32.21); 29. Fahrbach, Ohio State (1:36.17); 100 backstroke – 1. Shields, California (45.02); 18. Elliott, Ohio State 47.05; 30. Sievers, Ohio State (47.91); 3-meter diving – 1. Boudia, Purdue (472.30); 31. Holstein, Ohio State (273.70); 800 free relay – 1. Florida, 6:14.88; 11. Phillips, Sakaris, Fahrbach, Holmes, Ohio State (6:24.13).