COLUMBUS, Ohio The 10th-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team capped a 10-win dual meet season with a 162-121 win over West Virginia Friday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
It was senior night at McCorkle and before the meet the Buckeyes’ eight seniors were honored: Scott Blake, Jake Busch, Jordan Hershberger, Tyler King, Matthias Sigrist, Ryan Stoneburg, Felipe Travesso and Yannick van Heers.
After the introductions and the gifts and the flowers and the honors were completed, Ohio State swimmers went about their business of securing a win and having fun. The team made waves right off the bat taking both first- and second-place in the first four individual races of the night and from there cruised to the win.
“Tonight was all about having fun,” Ohio State coach Bill Wadley said. “Guys got to swim different events, which they love to do, and they just really had a blast cheering on the seniors and enjoying the final home meet of the season.”
Stefan Sigrist and Mark Neiman went one-two in the 1,000-yard freestyle to open the evening’s individual races. Sigrist’s winning time was 9:24.72.
Two seniors Busch and King followed with wins in the 200 freestyle (1:40.47) and 100 backstroke (49.15), respectively before sophomore Elliott Keefer took home a win in the 100 breaststroke in 56.94.
The wins kept coming for Ohio State, which ended up winning 12 of the 14 races on the evening. Other victorious Buckeyes included Lincoln Fahrbach (50 freestyle), Duncan De Wet (100 freestyle), Andrew Elliott (200 backstroke), Stephen Sakaris (500 freestyle), Chuck Allison (100 butterfly) and Austin Mudd (200 individual medley).
Sean Moore, coming off a three-event win last weekend, continued to hone his skills nicely for the upcoming USA Diving meet at McCorkle by winning the 1-meter springboard event with 352.95 points and the 3-meter board with 450.30 points.
The Buckeyes also swept both relays. The team of Andrew Elliott, Felipe Travesso, Allison and Joel Elber won the 200 medley relay in 1:30.05 and the senior-laden team of Scott Blake, King, Jordan Hershberger and Yannick Van Heers closed the meet with a win in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:03.98.
The win improved the Buckeyes’ record to 10-2 this season and West Virginia, of the BIG EAST Conference, closes its dual meet season at 4-10.
The Buckeyes will now focus their training efforts on the Big Ten Conference championships, which will be held Feb. 26-28 in West Lafayette, Ind.
Ohio State Swimming and Diving
Friday, Feb. 6, 2009
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion; Columbus, Ohio
Team Scores: Ohio State 162, West Virginia 121
Records: Ohio State 10-2, West Virginia 4-10
Event Winners: 200 medley relay 1. Elliott, Travesso, Allison, Elber, OSU (1:30.05); 1000 freestyle 1. S. Sigrist, OSU (9:24.72); 2. Neiman, OSU (9:28.02); 200 freestyle 1. Busch, OSU (1:40.47); M. Sigrist (1:40.71); 100 backstroke 1. King, OSU (49.15); Elber, OSU (51.00); 100 breaststroke 1. Keefer, OSU (56.94); 2. Farra, OSU (57.19); 200 butterfly 1. Vanis, WVU (1:51.80); 50 freestyle 1.Fahrbach, OSU (20.58); 2. Travesso, OSU (21.35); 1-meter diving 1. Moore, OSU (352.95); 2. Jefferson, OSU (346.28); 100 freestyle 1. DeWet, OSU (45.28); 2. Elber, OSU (45.51); 200 backstroke 1. Elliott, OSU (1:51.05); 2. Markovic, OSU (1:51.22); 200 breaststroke 1. Walker, WVU (2:02.32); 500 freestyle 1. Sakaris, OSU (4:34.76); 2. J. King, OSU (4:35.03); 100 butterfly 1. Allison, OSU (49.77); 2. Smith, OSU (51.08); 200 individual medley 1. Mudd, OSU (1:53.32); 2. Hulme, OSU (1:53.50); 3-meter diving 1. Moore, OSU (450.30); 2. Jefferson (403.28); 400 freestyle relay 1. Blake, King, Hershberger, Van Heers, OSU (3:03.98).