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COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team will send one of its largest contingents in years to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, March 26-29, in College Station, Texas.

Twelve Buckeyes nine swimmers and all three divers will be looking to keep the Buckeyes in the national spotlight with another high finish. The team, which was 9th in the final Collegiate National Dual Meet Rankings this season, was 16th at the 2008 NCAA championships. The team is coming off a second-place finish at the Big Ten championships, the best finish for the Buckeyes in 31 years.

Among the 12 student-athletes who will perform at the NCAA championships, only one is a senior. Ohio State will also be sending six juniors, four sophomores and one freshman. Nine Buckeyes have previous NCAA championship experience: Andrew Bretscher, Joel Elber, Ryan Jefferson, Elliott Keefer, George Markovic, Sean Moore, Sam Pelkey, Burkley Showe, and Felipe Travesso.

Meet the Participants
Chuck Allison
So., Racine, Wis.

Part of the 400-yard medley relay squad that set a new school record with a third-place finish at the Big Ten Championships … was a member of two first-place finishing 200 medley relay squads … recorded first place for the first time in his career in the Big Ten tri-meet in the 100 butterfly … captured 11th in the event at the conference meet … posted team’s second-best time in the 100 butterfly (47.03).

Andrew Bretscher
Jr., Greencastle, Ind.

Was a valuable member of numerous Ohio State relay teams … aided the 200-yard medley relay squad to six first-place finishes in the dual meet season and a third-place finish at the Big Ten Championships … member of the record-breaking 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams … set the Ohio State school record in the 100 butterfly (46.71) … captured 7th in the event at the conference championships and four first-place finishes during the dual meet season … competed at the 2008 NCAA championships as a part of the 200 and 400 medley relay teams.

Itai Chammah
So., Yavne, Israel
Member of the school record-breaking 400 medley relay that captured third in a time of 3:10.31 at the Big Ten Championships … swam a career-best time of 48.44 and finished ninth in the 100 backstroke at the conference championships … finished seventh at the conference meet with a time of 1:45.15 in the 200 backstroke … had four Top 5 finishes in the 100 backstroke … took second and third at the Ohio State Invitational in the 100 and 200 backstrokes, respectively.

Joel Elber
Jr., Brunswick, Ohio

Led the Buckeyes in the sprint freestyle events … part of four record-breaking relays: 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 200 medley, 400 medley … aided the 200 medley relay to eight first-place finishes during the dual meet season … had four first-place finishes in the 100 freestyle … swam a career-best time of 19.76 in the event and finish eighth at the conference championships … had eight Top 5 finishes in the 100 freestyle … competed at the 2007 NCAA championships as a member of the 200 freestyle relay squad.

Andrew Elliott
Fr., Granger, Ind.

Set the Ohio State school record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 47.38 … also a member of the record-breaking 200 medley relay team … aided the team to four first-place finishes in the event … finished eighth at the conference meet in the 100 backstroke … had three first-place finishes in the event during the dual meet season.

Elliott Keefer
So., Loveland, Ohio

Earned a ninth-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke with at the Big Ten Championships … took tenth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a career-best time of 54.51 … swam a career-best time of 1:55.88 in the 200 breaststroke at the Ohio State Last Ditch meet … had the team’s second-best time in 200 breaststroke … captured four first-place finishes in the 200 breaststroke during the regular season … never finished lower than fourth in both breaststroke events during the dual meet season.

George Markovic
Jr., Sydney, Australia
Broke his own Ohio State record in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:17.60 and earned a third-place finish at the Big Ten Championships … finished first in the event at the Ohio State Invitational in 4:22.62 … member of the record-breaking 800 freestyle relay team that claimed second in a time of 6:25.72 at the conference championships … finished seventh at Big Tens in the 1,650 freestyle with a career-best time of 15:12.22 … competed at the 2007 NCAA championships in the 500 and 1,650 freestyle events and as part of the 800 freestyle relay … swam the 500 freestyle and in the 800 freestyle relay at the 2008 NCAA championships.

Sam Pelkey
Jr., Muncie, Ind.

Became Ohio State’s first Big Ten Champion since 2001 when he finished first in the 200-yard breaststroke in a record-breaking time of 1:55.19  … finished with six top-10 finishes in the event took second in the 100 breaststroke at the conference championships in a career-best time of 53.77 … claimed nine top-10 finishes in the event … competed at the 2008 NCAA championships in both breaststroke events.

Felipe Travesso
Sr., Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Set the Ohio State record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 53.32 … captured seven first-place finishes in the event during the dual meet season … took fourth at the Big Ten championships and second at the Ohio State Invitational in the 100 breaststroke … served as a valuable member of Ohio State’s freestyle and medley relay squads … member of three record-breaking relays: 200 freestyle, 200 medley, 400 medley … swam the second leg of the 200 medley relay team that had eighth first-place finishes and took third at the Big Ten meet … named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week on December 2 … competed at the 2007 NCAA championships in three relays and the 100 breaststroke … swam in the 200 and 400 medley relays at the 2008 NCAA championships.

Ryan Jefferson
Jr., Madison, Wis.

Competed in the 1- and 3-meter events at the 2008 NCAA championships … finished in the Top 5 four times on the 1-meter … earned a second-place finish two times on the 1-meter … recorded five Top 5 finishes on the 3-meter during the dual meet season.

Sean Moore
So., Englewood, Colo.

Captured the 10-meter platform title at the 2008 NCAA championships with an NCAA record score of 478.20 points … named to the All-Big Ten Second Team after his second-place finish on the platform at the conference championships … earned ninth on the 1-meter and third on the 3-meter at the championships … named Big Ten Diver of the Week on February 3 … had two first-place finishes on the 1- and 3-meter during the dual meet season … had five Top 5 finishes on the 1-meter and seven on 3-meter boards … captured first on the platform at the Ohio State Invitational … set McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion records on the 3-meter (450.30) and platform (464.35).

Burkley Showe
Jr., Chesterfield, Mo.
Named All-Big Ten Second Team after capturing second on the 3-meter springboard at the 2008 Big Ten championships … finished fourth on the 1-meter at the conference meet… earned one first-place finish on the 1-meter and two on the three-meter during the regular season … named Big Ten Diver of the Week on January 13 … won the 2007 Big Ten title on the 1-meter … named the 2007 Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Year … competed at the 2007 NCAA championships and took 10th on the 1-meter and 12th on the 3-meter.

Coach Wadley Reaches 200 Wins
Ohio State’s two victories over Penn State and Northwestern marked head men’s swimming coach Bill Wadley’s 199th and 200th dual meet wins in his 24 years as a collegiate head coach. Wadley is now 201-43 and 177-33 in this, his 20th season at Ohio State.

Coach Bill Wadley
Wadley has coached 15 Olympians and his teams have been ranked in the NCAA Top 25 for 16 of the past 19 seasons. Buckeye swimmers and divers have qualified for the NCAA Championships in 17 of Wadley’s 19 years as coach.

Wadley finished fourth at the 2008 Big Ten Championships and saw five school records broken at the conference meet. Ohio State sent eight swimmers and three divers tot he NCAA championships and finished 16th. A total of seven swimmers earned honorable mention All-America honors at the meet.

Wadley has compiled a dual-meet record of 177-33 (.843) at Ohio State and has a career record of 201-43 (.824) in 21 seasons as a college head coach. He as produced more than 35 world-ranked swimmers and 15 of his student-athletes have reached the Olympics. Two recent Buckeyes, Itai Chammah and Niksa Rokie, represented their home countries at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

About Coach Panzano
Vince Panzano is the head coach of the Ohio State men’s and women’s diving teams. Panzano was most recently named the 2008 NCAA women’s diving Coach of the Year and has a total of four national honors. The three-time Olympic coach guided Chelsea Davis and Sean Moore to national championships on the three-meter and platform events, respectively, at their NCAA championships meets. Kristen Asman, Bianca Alvarez and Wes Wieser all secured All-America honors that year.

In his 36 years of coaching, Panzano has produced one world champion, one junior world champion, two Olympic medalists, 22 U.S. diving champions, 12 NCAA champions, 16 NCAA runner-s up, 54 Big Ten champions and 75 All-Americans. He has been named Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year nine times and has twice been awarded the “Mike Peppe Award,” as U.S. Diving’s outstanding coach.

Magical McCorkle
Ohio State’s spectacular McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion will host the 2010 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving championships and the men’s NCAA championships. The facility was recently featured in a Columbus Dispatch article under the headline “Built for Speed.” The article detailed the attributes that make it such a fast pool to swim in, including its 10 lanes that are two feet wider than those in older pools and its water calming bulkheads, gutters and water inlets. 

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