COLUMBUS, Ohio The 10th-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team hosts a two-day meet Friday and Saturday at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion. The Buckeyes, 7-1 overall and 0-1 vs. the Big Ten Conference, welcome No. 2 Michigan, No. 19 Penn State and Northwestern in the Big Ten quad-meet. Competition begins at 6 p.m. Friday and noon on Saturday.
Order of Events:
Friday, Jan. 30
6 p.m. start
400 Medley Relay
1-meter diving (break)
400 Freestyle Relay
Saturday, Jan. 31
12 noon start
200 Medley Relay
200 Individual Medley
3-meter Diving (break)
200 Freestyle Relay
Ohio State Defeats Missouri/Falls to Indiana
Ohio State topped No. 22 Missouri, 246-54, but lost to No. 14 Indiana, 163-137 in a tri-meet January 17. The Buckeyes earned five individual wins during the meet. Felipe Travesso and Elliott Keefer won the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, respectively. Sophomore Quincy Lee took the win in the 200 butterfly, while classmate Justin Farra was first in the 400 individual medley. Buckeye diver Burkley Showe captured the win on the 3-meter springboard.
Ohio State enters this weekend’s competition ranked No. 10 by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Six Big Ten Conference teams are currently ranked, with Michigan (No. 2), Indiana (No. 8) and Minnesota (No. 9) ahead of Ohio State. Purdue and Penn State are ranked 15th and 19th, respectively.
The Buckeyes have six swimmers and five relays that have recorded NCAA “B” cut times. Mark Neiman (500 and 1,650 freestyles), Niksa Roki (200 butterfly and 200 and 400 IM) and Stefan Sigrist (500 and 1,650 freestyles) have each recorded “B” times in two events, while George Markovic (500 freestyle), Andrew Olson (200 freestyle) and Felipe Travesso (100 breaststroke) have qualified in one.
The Michigan Wolverines
Michigan is currently 4-1 on the season with a 2-0 record in the Big Ten. The Wolverines lone loss came against the nation’s top-ranked team, Texas. The team is coming off a first-place finish at the SMU Invite in Dallas, Texas. The two-day, six-team meet featured five Top 25 teams.
The Wolverines are led by a handful of experienced swimmers that returned from last year’s Big Ten championship team. Senior Bobby Savulich earned Big Ten co-Swimmer of the Week on January 20 after taking first in two individual and three relay events at the SMU Invite. Sophomore Tyler Clary holds the nation’s fastest time at 3:40.96 in the 400 individual medley. Senior Matt Patton and juniors Andre Schultz and Chris Bradley have all posted top 10 times in the nation in their respective events.
The Penn State Nittany Lions
The No. 19-ranked Nittany Lions are 3-3 in dual meets this season and will face their first Big Ten opponents of the season this weekend. Penn State recently defeated Maryland (225-115) and Pittsburgh (244-108) in a two-day tri-meet in College Park, Md., January 16-17.
A trio of seniors leads the Nittany Lion squad this season. The 2008 NCAA 200 backstroke champion Pat Schirk has five individual wins in the backstroke events this season. Tim Williams of North Bend, Ohio, heads up the butterfly contingent and has five individual wins on the year. David Kraft excels in the distance freestyle with eight individual wins.
The Wildcats sit at 5-4 overall and 0-4 in the Big Ten. Northwestern dropped a dual met at Iowa on January 24, losing to the Hawkeyes 171.5-128.5.
Northwestern is led by senior standout Eric Nilsson. The versatile swimmer has over 20 individual wins in four different strokes. He mainly dominates the middle distance freestyles, but has recorded wins in the backstroke, butterfly and individual medley. Sophomore Alex Tyler is also a versatile swimmer for the Wildcats. Tyler has eight individual wins in four different strokes.
The Buckeyes close out the regular season with a meet against the West Virginia Mountaineers on February 6. The co-ed meet is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.