COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 3-0 Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team will compete Friday in what 22nd-year coach Bill Wadley thinks may be a first in collegiate swimming: a double-header. Wadley will pit his Buckeyes against Miami University at 3:00 p.m. at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion and his team will then face Tennessee at 5:30 p.m. Admission to all Ohio State meets is free.
“We could be the first team to have a double-header in the sport of swimming,” Wadley said. “I don’t believe there’s ever been one. Last year we split the team and competed in two meets at the same time in two different cities, and this year we want to continue to create more memorable moments and also provide more chances for our guys to compete.”
Swimming in back-to-back meets apart will certainly be a challenge, but it is exactly the type of scenario Wadley envisions for his defending Big Ten champions.
“Not many guys get a chance to swim in back-to-back meets,” Wadley said. “We wanted to give people a chance to swim both meets if they are good enough. And it will be pretty exciting for the guys that swim in both meets.”
Utilizing the D.S.
Wadley plans on swimming half of the team vs. Miami and another half vs. Tennessee with a some swimmers in a “designated swimmer” role, meaning they’ll jump into specific races depending on how the meets are progressing. Wadley expects excellent competition from both of Ohio State’s opponents this week.
“Miami is a good team, a better team than they were last year,” Wadley said. “They will be swimming in a rivalry meet Saturday vs. Kenyon, so they will be ready for a weekend of racing.
“Tennessee is typically a Top 10 team. They annually have an excellent team and they will provide us with a good, challenging dual meet. We will travel to compete at their pool either next year or the year after, so this will be a good regional rivalry.”
Live Meet Scoring
Can’t make it to the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion to see the meets live? Visit the home page for the Ohio State men’s swimming team at OhioStateBuckeyes.com for a link to the live results.
Order of Events – Ohio State vs. Miami
The meet vs. Miami will be contested in the 13-event format with two breaks for 1- and 3-meter diving competitions. The order of events will be:
Order of Events – Ohio State vs. Tennessee
The nightcap meet vs. Tennessee will be contested with the following 16-event format:
The Miami Matinee
Ohio State will put its winning streak of 56 consecutive wins vs. Ohio schools on the line against the Redhawks, who are coached by a six-time Mid American Conference Coach of the Year Pete Lindsay. The Redhawks will try to recover from a 165-135 loss to Buffalo last week in Oxford. Miami sits at 1-2-1 on the year with its win coming in the home opener vs. Xavier. Miami’s coaching staff includes MAC Diving Coach of the Year Kong Rong Li.
Primetime at McCorkle
Daylight saving time will bring stars to the sky and the No. 12 Tennessee Volunteers (3-0) to the pool by the time the 5:30 p.m. meet gets underway. Tennessee finished 17th last year at the NCAA championships and fourth in the SEC. Tennessee is undefeated on the early season, already defeating No. 16 Louisville and No. 21 Kentucky. The Vols will look to bring a part of Knoxville to Columbus as they will continue their tradition of taking water from their home pool and pouring it into the visitor’s pool. Tennessee also brings SEC diver of the week, senior Michael Wright. Wright will square off with freshmen Shane Miszkiel (Victoria, British Columbia) and Christian Holstein (Upper Arlington, Ohio). The Ohio State pair took first and second in both the one and three meter dives last week vs. Denison and Cleveland State.
Good! And You?
Diving coach Vince Panzano will get to say “hello” to a coaching colleague when Tennessee comes to town. Vol swimming coach John Trembley was an assistant swimming coach at Tennessee when Panzano was the Vols’ diving coach back in the mid-to-late 1970s.
Buckeyes victorious last week at McCorkle
Ohio State picked up its second and third wins of the year last Friday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes defeated Denison and Cleveland State by scores of 171-115 and 162-122, respectively. Winning multiple events for the Buckeyes were juniors Brent Hitchcock, who recorded wins in the 500 and 1000 freestyle, and Lincoln Fahrbach, victorious in the 50 freestyle and100 butterfly.
In addition to Miszkiel, who swept both boards in his first collegiate completion, two Buckeyes swam to their first collegiate wins during the double dual last week: freshman Kevin Lancki (100 backstroke) and senior Ben Savonen (200 IM).
“Kevin swam the best time of his life; high school, club or college,” Wadley said. “To do that at the start of the season is just incredible.
“Savonen’s win was the win of the night, no question.”
The season is still so young, but already the Buckeyes have made some swims that will put the Scarlet and Gray on the national radar. Junior Andrew Elliott has the fastest times in the nation in both the 100 (48:07) and 200 (1:45.92) backstroke events. Senior Justin Farra has the second-fastest 200 IM time (1:49.47) and the 200 medley relay team of Elliott, Elliott Keefer, Tim Phillips and Lincoln Fahrbach has the fourth-fastest time to date at 1:29.46.
“We’ve had some really good swims…some nationally competitive swims time-wise so far,” Wadley said. “We train very hard so this is hard to imagine that we are swimming fast without trying to swim fast. We are doing well without focusing on fast because we are training so hard right now. I’m pleased in that regard. We are as competitive as anyone right now and our relays are outstanding.”
Big Ten Coach of the Year Bill Wadley
Bill Wadley, the 2010 Big Ten Coach of the Year, is in his 22nd year at Ohio State and he has a dual meet record of 210-44. He has coached 15 Olympians and his teams have been ranked in the NCAA Top 25 for 18 of the past 21 seasons. Buckeye swimmers and divers have qualified for the NCAA championships in 19 of Wadley’s 21 years as coach. Wadley has also produced more than 35 world ranked swimmers.
Diving Coach Vince Panzano
Vince Panzano is in his 33rd year as coach at his alma mater. He has produced one world champion, one junior world champion, two Olympic medalists, 23 U.S. diving champions, 12 NCAA champions, 16 NCAA runners-up, 54 Big Ten champions and 86 All-Americans. Panzano also has coached Ohio State and McDonald’s Diving to six national team titles. He has had divers on five of the last six Olympic Teams.
First Road Test Awaits
Next up for the Buckeyes will be The Purdue Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind., Nov. 19-21. Ohio State finished second at the invitational last year.