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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming team competed against three Big Ten schools Saturday night at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion and even though this meet was not scored it was clear that Ohio State was making waves with the depth of its swim team.

Ohio State had 24 finalists on day one, more than any other team after the preliminaries. Ohio State also put together a solid effort in the finals and head coach Bill Wadley was proud of his team for “racing fast.”

“The goal of this meet is to give an opportunity to swimmers who are competing for a spot on the Big Ten team.” Wadley said. “We want to give them a chance to race fast and earn a spot.”

Racing fast was on the Buckeyes agenda from the start as the 200 medley relay team of sophomore Andrew Spurling, freshman Joe Wulf, junior Steven Springer and freshman Jacob Schuster kicked off the evening affair with a win in 1:31.71. Schuster also raced to a first-place finish in the 100 freestyle.

“We had great swims from many different guys tonight and they are defiantly swimming their best toward the end of the year; it’s great to see,” Wadley said.

Senior captain Ben Savonen posted a win in the 400 individual medley and will swim his last meet at McCorkle tomorrow in the finale of the Big Ten Invite.

“That was Ben’s best time this year by quite a bit.” Wadley said. “I was very pleased with his performance.”

The Ohio State Winter Invite will conclude tomorrow with preliminaries starting at 10 a.m. and finals starting at 5 p.m. at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011

Columbus, Ohio

McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion 

Ohio State Event Winners: 200 medley relay – Spurling, Wulf, Springer, Schuster, 1:31.71; 400 individual medley – Savonen, 3:58.87; 100 freestyle – Schuster, 45.12. 

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