Aug. 3, 2000
Eight current and two former members of the Ohio State men’s swimming team have competed in summer tournaments, including sophomore Nick Rees (Nassau, Bahamas), who recently took first place and set a new national record in the 100-meter Butterfly at the Bahamas National Swimming Championships.
Rees, who will represent the Bahamas in the 100-butterfly during the 2000 Summer Olympics, set a new national record on his way to a first-place finish in the 100-butterfly with a time of 56.45. He also took second in the 100-backstroke with a time of 59.30.
Former Buckeyes Jason Fox and Cameron Mull and senior Brian Malich (Mason, Ohio), along with Rees, competed in the Janet Evans Invitational held in Los Angeles, Calif. Rees finished with a time of 56.50 in the 100-butterfly. Malich, who is ranked 35th in the world in the 100 short course, posted a lifetime-best time of 51.37 in the 100-meter freestyle. Mull qualified for the Olympic Trials with a time of 2:04.50 in the 200-meter freestyle and posted a 4:00.11 in the 400-meter freestyle, while Fox set times of 2:07.99 and 2:27.20 in the 200-individual medley and the 200-breastroke, respectively.
Juniors John Moore (Chesterfield, Va.) and Jeff Stacy (Gate Mills, Ohio) and sophomore Brandon Deters (Grand Haven, Mich.) all competed in the Michigan Region meet. Moore posted times of 4:41.00 in the 400-individual medley and 2:36.00 in the 200-breastroke, while Stacy had times of 4:07.00 in the 400 freestyle, 4:41.00 in the 400-individual medley and 1:58.20 in the 200-freestyle. Deters recorded personal-best times of 23.79 in the 50-meter freestyle and 53.10 in the 100 freestyle.
Other Buckeyes competing this summer include juniors Ivan Petrovic (Zagreb, Croatia) and Travis Carver (Overland Park, Kan.) and former Buckeye Marko Strahija. Petrovic set career records at the Croatian National Championships with times of 58.40 in the 100-backstroke and 2:06.10 in the 200-backstroke. Strahija, who is ranked 16th in the world in the 100 and 200 backstrokes, competed in the European Championships in Helsinki, Finland, where he took sixth place in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 55.69 and the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:00.67.