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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team is in third place after the second day of racing and diving at the Big Ten Conference championships, being held on the University of Minnesota campus and its University Aquatics Center.

Michigan had a huge day in the water Thursday, with eight finalists and three consolation finalists in the three individual races, plus another relay win to continue to lead the championships with 259.5 points. Indiana, with eight individual swimming points scorers plus six Hoosier divers scoring on the one-meter board, is in second with 251 points. Ohio State is third with 183 points.

Ohio State had three finalists Thursday, three consolation finalists plus points from freshman diver Shane Miszkiel, who was third on the 1-meter springboard in his first Big Ten championships.

Junior Brent Hitchcock, who studies molecular genetics when he isn’t swimming fast, matched his 2010 effort with a consolation swim in the 500 freestyle. He finished in ninth-place in a personal best time of 4:19.66.

Justin Farra, battling against three Wolverines in the 200 individual medley, improved on his seventh-place finish from a year ago to take fifth in the event in a school record time of 1:44.86. It marked the third time this year the senior from Clarksville, Ohio, broke the school 200 IM mark, including earlier Thursday when he had a preliminary swim time of 1:45.11.

Junior Markus Sievers and senior Phil Seleskie, from Hastings, Minn., and who is closing his Big Ten career competing in his home state, also scored for the Buckeyes in the 200 IM. Sievers was ninth in 1:45.73 and Seleskie was 12th in 1:46.85.

Ohio State made up some points on the two leaders in the 50 freestyle as two Buckeyes – sophomore Jason Schnur and junior Lincoln Fahrbach – each went under 20 seconds in the morning’s prelims and qualified second and sixth, respectively for the finals. Schnur, after swimming the third-fastest 50 free time in school history at 19.81 in the morning, duplicated the effort in the evening swim to take third in his first-ever Big Ten final. Fahrbach went 20.01 and placed seventh in the wake of his 19.96 morning swim.

In the final event of the evening, the 400 medley relay, Michigan edged Ohio State for its third relay win of the meet. Ohio State was second in 3:09.52.

Day 3 of the championships on Friday will include six swimming events – the 200 free relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke and 100 back – and the 3-meter diving competition. Buckeyes Elliott Keefer and Andrew Elliott will be defending their 2010 Big Ten championships in the 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke, respectively.

Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships

  • Feb. 23-26
  • University Aquatic Center
  • University of Minnesota

Day 2 Team Scores: 1. Michigan 259.5; 2. Indiana 251; 3. Ohio State 183; 4. Minnesota 159.5; 5. Purdue 125.5; 6. Penn State 102; 7. Wisconsin 94; 8. Iowa 87.5; 9. Northwestern 86; 10. Michigan State 76.

Event Results: 500 freestyle – 1. Ryan, Michigan (4:17.91); 9. Hitchcock, Ohio State (4:19.66); 200 individual medley – 1. Whitaker, Michigan (1:43.23); 5. Farra, Ohio State (1:44.86); 9. Sievers, Ohio State (1:45.73); 12. Seleskie, Ohio State (1:46.85); 50 freestyle – 1. Richards, Minnesota (19.19); 3. Schnur, Ohio State (19.81); 7. Fahrbach, Ohio State (20.01); 1-meter diving – 1. Boudia, Purdue (467.40); 3. Miszkiel, Ohio State (375.20); 400 medley relay – 1. Michigan 3:09.23; 2. Ohio State 3:09.52.      

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