COLUMBUS, Ohio The nationally-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team closes out its regular season Friday against the West Virginia Mountaineers. The co-ed meet is set for 5 p.m. at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion. Ohio State enters the meet ranked No. 10 and are 9-2 overall.
Order of Events:
200 Medley Relay
1 meter diving
3 meter diving
200 Individual Medley
400 Freestyle Relay
No. 10 Ohio State 2-1 in Big Ten Quad Meet
Ohio State went 2-1 in the two-day Big Ten quad-meet at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion that was held Friday and Saturday. The Buckeyes defeated No. 19 Penn State, 258-76, and Northwestern, 270-64, but fell to No. 2 Michigan, 180-151.
Four School Records Set
A pair of sophomores and a freshman had record-setting performances during the two-day meet. Sean Moore swept all three diving events and broke the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion records on the three-meter (433.35) and the platform (464.35). Chuck Allison picked up his first career NCAA “B” time and won the 100-yard butterfly. His time of 47.21 broke the school record by .06 seconds. And freshman Brent Hitchcock, participating as a non-scoring swimmer, swam the 1000 freestyle in a school-record time of 9:05.97.
Also tallying individual wins were senior Felipe Travesso and sophomore Elliott Keefer. Travesso picked up his seventh win of the year in the 100 breaststroke, while Keefer captured his fourth win of the season in the 200 breaststroke.
Moore is Big Ten’s Best
Sophomore Sean Moore earned the Big Ten Conference’s Diver of the Week award for his performance this past weekend against No. 2 Michigan, No. 19 Penn State and Northwestern. The award is Moore’s second of his career.
Wadley Reaches 200-Win Mark
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 200-43 overall and 176-33 in this, his 20th season at Ohio State.
Friday’s meet represents the final home meet for Ohio State’s eight seniors. Scott Blake, Jacob Busch, Jordan Hershberger, Tyler King, Matthias Sigrist, Ryan Stoneburg, Felipe Travesso and Yannick van Heers will be honored at the meet for their years of commitment to the Ohio State men’s swimming program.
Scott Blake Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
History & Political Science double major
Jacob Busch Toledo, Ohio
Construction Systems Mgt.; Business (minor)
Jordan Hershberger Sarasota, Fla.
Tyler King Youngstown, Ohio
Matthias Sigrist Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Ryan Stoneburg Copley, Ohio
Felipe Travesso Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Yannick van Heers Tienen, Belgium
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 seven 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 multiple events, while Chuck Allison (100 butterfly), George Markovic (500 freestyle), Andrew Olson (200 freestyle) and Felipe Travesso (100 breaststroke) have qualified in one.
The West Virginia Mountaineers
West Virginia is 4-9 on the season and Friday’s meet marks their final dual competition for the season. The Mountaineers are coming off a 147-84 win over Maryland at the WVU Natatorium.
Senior Pablo Marmolejo leads the Mountaineer squad. He has recorded NCAA “B” times in the 100 and 200 butterfly and has 17 individual wins on the season. Marmolejo also participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics on the Mexico national team. Classmate Michael Walker has recorded NCAA “B” times in the 200 and 400 individual medleys and has 14 individual wins this season.
USA Diving Comes to Columbus
Ohio State’s spectacular McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion will host its 12th major event Sunday through Wednesday, Feb. 8-11, as USA Diving holds its 2009 World Championship team selection camp. Headliners among the 88 men’s and women’s divers are eight 2008 Olympians. Buckeyes competing or eligible to compete include sophomores Kristen Asman and Bianca Alvarez, senior Chelsea Davis, junior Ryan Jefferson, sophomore Sean Moore, junior Burkley Showe and senior Wes Wieser.
There will be no admission charge to the various sessions each day.
The Buckeyes train for the next three weeks before travelling to West Lafayette, Ind., to participate in the 2009 Big Ten Championships, February 26-28.