COLUMBUS, Ohio The 10th-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team went 2-1 in the two-day Big Ten quad-meet at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion that concluded Saturday afternoon. In front of a crowd of 511 fans, the Buckeyes defeated No. 19 Penn State, 258-76, and Northwestern 270-64, but fell to No. 2 Michigan, 180-151. Ohio State is now 9-2 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten.
“I am so pleased with how well we competed today,” Bill Wadley, head men’s swimming coach, said. “Coming into today’s competition, we really wanted to win a couple of races and that’s what we did. I am really proud of our performance.”
Highlighting the afternoon was the performance by sophomore Chuck Allison. The Franklin, Wisc., product captured first in the 100-yard butterfly, picking up an NCAA “B” time and a new school record in 47.21.
“I was completely shocked,” Allison said. “I’ve been training really hard and my goal coming into today was to make the Big Ten team. I was expecting a time like that to come later this season.”
Having another excellent day of competition was sophomore Sean Moore. He captured both the three-meter and platform diving events, taking first in all three diving competitions on the weekend. His scores of 433.35 on the three-meter and 464.35 on the platform were new McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion records. On the three-meter, the Buckeyes swept the top-three spots, seeing Ryan Jefferson in second (381.20) and Burkley Showe in third (337.00).
The 100 breaststroke featured another great swim from senior Felipe Travesso and junior Sam Pelkey. The duo finished 1-2 in the event, with Travesso swimming a “B” cut time of 54.16.
The Buckeyes started the meet off right, capturing first in the 200-yard medley relay. The winning team of freshman Andrew Elliott, Travesso, Allison, and junior Joel Elber swam a NCAA “B” time of 1:27.38.
Freshman Brent Hitchcock and sophomore Jayson King took third (4:25.10) and fourth (4:25.57), respectively, to lead Ohio State in the 500 freestyle. In the 200 individual medley, sophomore Justin Farra took third in a time of 1:49.91
In the 100 backstroke, Elliott and sophomore Itai Chammah tied for second-place with a time of 49.53. The time was a career-best for Elliott. Also swimming a career-best time was junior Duncan De Wet. He finished third in the 100 freestyle in 45.38.
The two-day meet concluded with the 200 freestyle relay and the Buckeyes captured second in the event. The team of Elber, freshman Steven Springer, senior Yannick van Heers and junior Andrew Olson finished in 1:20.97.
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.
Ohio State Swimming and Diving
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion; Columbus, Ohio
Ohio State – 270.00 Northwestern – 64.00
Ohio State – 258.00 Penn State – 76.00
Michigan – 180.00 Ohio State – 151.00
Penn State – 193.50 Northwestern – 138.50
Michigan – 244.00 Northwestern – 83.00
Michigan – 245.00 Penn State – 84.00
Saturday Event Winners: 200 medley relay 1. Elliott, Travesso, Allison, Elber Ohio State (1:27.38); 500 freestyle 1. Houchin Michigan (4:20.44); 3. Hitchcock Ohio State (4:25.10); 200 IM 1. Kennedy Michigan (1:47.69); 3. Farra Ohio State (1:49.91); 100 butterfly 1. Allison Ohio State (47.21); 100 backstroke 1. Brady Michigan (49.02); T2. Elliott, Chammah Ohio State (49.53); 200 freestyle relay 1. Michigan (1:19.41); 2. Elber, Springer, Van Heers, Olson Ohio State (1:20.97); Three-meter 1. Moore Ohio State (433.35); Platform 1. Moore Ohio State (464.35).