Oct. 26, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team picked up its first and second wins of the year Friday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes defeated Kenyon College and Cleveland State University by scores of 178.00-104.00 and 171.00-110.00, respectively.
Bill Wadley, who opened his 24th season as Ohio State coach with his 206th and 207th Ohio State dual meet victories, respectively, said he was pleased with the depth the team showed tonight in its first meet of 2012-13.
“It’s a great thing,” Wadley said. “I was really impressed with the depth of the group. In some places, we went three or four deep, which is very solid. I feel like we’re heading in a positive direction but we still have plenty of room to get better still.”
Under Wadley, the Buckeyes have now posted 62-consecutive victories vs. Ohio schools. The squad notched Top times in all 14 events.
The Buckeyes got off to a strong start after Steven Zimmerman, Keanu Stevenson, Tim Phillips and Zach Birnbrich claimed the win in the 200 medley relay to begin the meet with a time of 1:29.60. Junior distance specialist Alex Miller continued the early OSU momentum when he posted the team’s first individual event win with a 9:20.81 in the 1000 freestyle. Phillips followed with a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle in 1.39.33. Senior Zach Holmes touched in second with a 1.39.41.
Just like coach Wadley expected, the sophomore class had an impact in tonight’s meet as five different OSU sophomores claimed event victories. Zimmerman notched his first individual win of the year when he touched in at 49.70 in the 100 backstroke.
“I do think there is plenty of talent among our team members,” Wadley said. “I just think like any team you need to develop it and sometimes it takes a year or so to get them where you want them to go. The sophomores are ready to start breaking out and start becoming big league swimmers. They just need to work hard, be coachable and big things will happen.”
Stevenson placed first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 55.76, while classmate Tamas Gercsak notched the title in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1.50.06. Sophomore Connor McDonald placed first in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1.49.52, followed by Zimmerman. Sophomore Chris Cowley also recorded a win in the 200 breaststroke in 2.06.53.
Schnur, a 2012 All-American, began his final campaign as a Buckeye on a strong note, claiming the 50 freestyle with a NCAA “B” time of 20.13.
After the break, the Scarlet and Gray took home the Top 3 times in the 100 freestyle with Holmes placing first in 45.39 followed by Schnur and freshman Josh Fleagle.
Other event winners were Alex Miller in the 500 freestyle (4:31.03), Phillips in the 100 butterfly (49.98), Zimmerman in the 200 individual medley (1:53.98). The Buckeyes concluded the meet with a win in the 200 freestyle relay comprised of Schnur, Phillips, Birnbrich and Holmes with a time of 1:20.79.
In diving, junior Shane Miszkiel won both the 1- and 3-meter board events with total scores of 371.85 and 338.30, respectively.
The Buckeyes return to the pool next week with a co-ed meet vs. Denison at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Friday, Oct. 26, 2012
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Ohio State Event Winners: 200 medley relay – Zimmerman, Stevenson, Phillips and Birnbrich (1.29.60); 1000 freestyle – Miller (9.20.81); 200 freestyle – Phillips (1:39.33); 100 backstroke – Zimmerman (49.71); 100 breaststroke – Stevenson (55.76) ; 200 butterfly – Gercsak (1.50.06); 50 freestyle – Schnur (20.13); 100 freestyle – Holmes (45.39); 200 backstroke – McDonald (1.49.52); 200 breaststroke – Cowley (2:06.25); 500 freestyle – Miller (4:31.03); 100 butterfly – Phillips (49.98); 200 individual medley – Zimmerman (1:53.98) ; 200 freestyle relay – Schnur, Phllips, Birnbrich and Holmes (1.20.79); 1- meter – Miskiel (371.85); 3-meter diving – Miszkiel (338.30).