July 5, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s and women’s swimming teams wrapped up a historic U.S. Olympic Trials last weekend in Omaha, Neb., as the two squads saw six members advance to the semifinals or finals of the elite competition with a field of more than 1,800 swimmers.

“Bill Wadley and I are very proud of the Buckeyes showing at US Olympic Trials,” Bill Dorenkott, Ohio State women’s swimming head coach said. “Ohio State had one of the strongest showings of any team at the meet. To have our student-athletes achieving at the highest levels of the sport is a thrill. We will continue to foster an environment that allows us to go from excellence to eminence.”

On the women’s side, rising senior Shannon Draves advanced to the finals of the 200m butterfly, placing seventh with a time of 2:10.47. Draves, a native of Gilbertsville, Pa., represented the first OSU women’s swimmer in a U.S. Olympic Trials final after qualifying for the final heat with a 2:11.00. She came into the event seeded 45th overall. Draves also competed in the semifinals of the 100m butterfly, collecting a time of 59.63. Incoming freshman Annie Lazor had a strong showing at the trials, which included a semifinals appearance in the 200m breaststroke.

On the men’s side, former Buckeye Elliott Keefer placed fifth in the finals of the 200m breaststroke with a time of 2:11.10. Keefer, a native of Loveland, Ohio, also posted a 14th-place finish in the semifinals of the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:01.52.

Redshirt junior Tim Phillips notched a 52.54 in the finals of the 100m butterfly for sixth overall. Rising senior Jason Schnur advanced to the finals of the 50m free, collecting a time of 22.53 for eight overall, while rising sophomore Connor McDonald swam in the semifinals of the 200m backstroke, notching a time of 2.01.46 to tie for 13th place.

Ohio State tied Stanford for the largest contingent of swimmers from one school in an Olympic Trials with 36 student-athletes. Overall, the men’s side had a record-breaking 28 current, former or incoming members compete, while the women had a program-best 15 swimmers at the Trials.

The Buckeyes will now prepare for the 2012 U.S. Open Aug. 7-11 at Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.

Buckeyes in Finals
Shannon Draves – 200m butterfly (2:10.47) – seventh place
Elliott Keefer – 200m breaststroke (2:11.10) – fifth place
Jason Schnur – 50m free (22.53) – eighth place
Tim Phillips – 100m fly (52.54) – sixth place

Buckeyes in Semifinals
Shannon Draves – 100m butterfly (59.63) – 16th place
Connor McDonald – 200m backstroke (2:01.46) – tied 13th place
Elliott Keefer – 100m breaststroke (1:01.52) – 14th place
Annie Lazor – 200m breaststroke (2:31.20) – 15th place