COLUMBUS, Ohio The nationally-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team defeated Miami, 167-122, on Friday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion and improved to 3-0 on the season. Joel Elber and Justin Farra led the No. 11 Buckeyes with two individual wins each.
“I am very pleased with how the team competed today,” Bill Wadley, head men’s swimming coach, said. “There were a lot of good races and I’m very happy with how we are improving.”
The Buckeyes swept the top three spots in the 200-yard medley relay to open the meet. The team of sophomore Andrew Misich, senior Felipe Travesso, junior Andrew Bretscher and junior Elber finished first in a time of 1:30.23.
Junior Mark Neiman earned his second consecutive win in the 1000 freestyle in 9:29.48 and was followed by Ryan Stoneburg (9:33.10), Tom O’Neill (9:39.25) and George Markovic (9:51.54).
Ohio State continued its winning ways, taking 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle with Andrew Olson winning in 1:40.69. Misich picked up his first 100 backstroke win at the college level after finishing in 50.83.
Travesso led another 1-2-3-4 finish for Ohio State in the 100 breaststroke (55.97). Sophomore Quincy Lee earned his second win of the season in the 200 butterfly in 1:53.57. Elber followed with his two wins of the evening in the 50 freestyle (20.82) and 100 freestyle (45.96).
Farra’s first win of the meet came in the 200 backstroke when the sophomore finished in a time of 1:51.80.
Sophomore Elliott Keefer, junior Alex Chen and Bretscher also earned their second win of the year in their respective events. Keefer finished first in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:05.92, while Chen won the 500 freestyle in 4:34.61 and Bretscher took the win in the 100 butterfly (49.89).
Farra’s second win came in the 200 individual medley (1:52.37), the final individual race of the meet. The Buckeyes finished the evening with another 1-2-3 finish in the 400 freestyle relay. The quad of Elber, Bretscher and freshmen Markus Sievers and Lincoln Fahrbach won in 3:07.10.
Competing for the first time this season was the Ohio State diving squad. Junior Ryan Jefferson took second on the three-meter springboard (371.03), while classmate Burkley Showe finished second on the one-meter springboard (343.43).
The Buckeyes take to the road for a pair of meets in the next 11 days. The team will compete at Notre Dame Nov. 21 and at Cleveland State Nov. 25.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2008
Team Scores: 1. Ohio State 167; 2. Miami 122
Ohio State Event Winners: 200 medley relay 1. Misich, Travesso, Bretscher, Elber (1:30.23); 1000 freestyle 1. Neiman (9:29.48); 200 freestyle 1. Olson (1:40.69); 100 backstroke 1. Misich (50.83); 100 breaststroke 1. Travesso (55.97); 200 butterfly 1. Lee (1:53.57); 50 freestyle 1. Elber 20.82; 100 freestyle 1. Elber (45.96); 200 backstroke 1. Farra (1:5180); 200 breaststroke 1. Keefer (2:05.92); 500 freestyle 1. Chen (4:34.61); 100 butterfly 1. Bretscher (49.89); 200 IM 1. Farra (1:52.37); 400 Freestyle 1. Elber, Bretscher, Sievers, Fahrbach (3:07.10).