COLUMBUS, Ohio The undefeated and10th-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team travels to Bloomington, Ind., for its first Big Ten dual meet of the season. The Buckeyes will compete in a tri-meet with Indiana and non-conference opponent Missouri. The co-ed meet is set for noon on Saturday.
Ohio State Defeats Wright State
Ohio State improved to 6-0 with a 186.5-99.5 win over Wright State on Jan. 9 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes won 13 of the 14 swimming events, while junior Burkley Showe captured first on both the one- and three-meter springboard events. Sophomore Quincy Lee tallied two wins in the 200 freestyle (1:41.09) and the 50 butterfly (22.74).
Showe Named Big Ten Co-Diver of the Week
Junior Burkley Showe earned the Big Ten Conference’s co-Diver of the Week award after his performance in No. 10 Ohio State’s 186.5-99.5 win over Wright State this past Friday. The award is Showe’s second of his career.
Showe, from Columbus and Worthington High School, tallied 399.23 points off the one-meter board against Wright State, finishing over 70 points ahead of the second-place finisher. Showe completed the springboard sweep after totaling 429.23 points on the three-meter. Both scores qualify him for the NCAA Zone Meet.
Ohio State enters the New Year ranked No. 10 by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America after starting 6-0 in dual meets and capturing its first Ohio State Invitational title. Six Big Ten Conference teams are currently ranked, with Michigan (No. 4) and Minnesota (No. 9) ahead of Ohio State. Indiana and Purdue are ranked 14th and 15th, respectively, while Penn State sits at 17.
The Buckeyes have six swimmers and five relays that have recorded NCAA “B” cut times. Mark Neiman, Niksa Roki and Stefan Sigrist have each recorded “B” times in two events, while George Markovic, Andrew Olson and Felipe Travesso have qualified in one.
A Look at the Hoosiers
Indiana is currently ranked No. 14 by the College Swim Coaches Association of America and sit at 3-3 in dual meets this season. The Hoosiers are coming off a double dual meet against No. 4 Michigan and No. 6 Tennessee. The team lost to Wolverines, 176-104, but earned a big win over the Volunteers, 159-133.
The Hoosiers are led by a pair of upperclassmen. Senior Matt Lenton has five individual wins on the season and broke the school record in the 50-yard freestyle in 19.84 against Michigan and Tennessee. Junior Aaron Opell leads the squad with seven individual wins, including two wins in the 400 individual medley and the 100 and 200 breaststrokes.
Sophomore Landon Marzullo heads up the Hoosier diving core. The Columbus native has two wins on the one-meter springboard and one on the three-meter. Marzullo has been named Big Ten Diver of the Week three times this season.
Scouting the Tigers
The Missouri Tigers enter the weekend as the No. 22 team in the country and are 2-2 in dual meets. The team is coming off a close 154-144 loss to No. 24 Kentucky last Saturday.
Junior Martin Cernansky and sophomore Cameron Sellers lead the Tiger swimmers. Sellers is the middle distance freestyle expert, tallying two wins in the 200 freestyle and three in the 500 freestyle this season. Cernansky leads the breaststrokers, having six combined wins in the 50, 100 and 200 strokes. Junior Greg DeStephan fronts the diving squad with six victories so far this season.
The Buckeyes take a week off before hosting a two-day tri-meet, Jan. 30-31. Ohio State takes on Big Ten rivals Penn State, Michigan and Northwestern in the co-ed meet at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Day one of competition begins at 6 p.m. and day two start at 12 noon.