COLUMBUS, Ohio – The unbeaten (4-0) and nationally ranked (12th in the latest College Swim Coaches Association of America swimming and diving dual meet poll) Ohio State swimming and diving team hosts Wright State Sunday at 1 p.m. in the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Admission is free. The meet will be a double dual format with each school’s women’s teams competing as well.
After an initial ranking of No. 14 in the first of four CSCAA polls, the Buckeyes have moved up two places and are the third-highest ranked Big Ten Conference team behind No. 7 Michigan and No. 8 Minnesota. The Big Ten is also represented in the Top 25 by Purdue (19) and Indiana (20).
Wright State enters the meet with a 6-2 overall record. Fourth-year head coach Sionn Brinn’s team last competed Dec. 12, a 172-90 win over Tampa. Brinn has twice been named the Horizon League’s Coach of the Year and he has guided the Raiders to Horizon League championships the past two seasons.
Buckeyes on a Roll Ohio State has been swamping its competition so far this season. In the Buckeyes’ four dual meet wins the team has won a combined 45 individual races, for an average of 10.5 individual event wins per dual meet. Buckeyes also won nine races at the six-team Ohio State Invitational and four races at the four-team Purdue Invite.
Balanced Number of Wins… This team is balanced. Seventeen different Buckeyes have recorded a dual meet or invite win in more than one event so far this season and 10 have three-or-more victories. Leading the way: sophomore Andrew Elliott with six victories to date (four in the 100 back and two in the 200 back). Senior Andrew Olson has five wins to rank second (two in the 100 free and three in the 200 free).
Top Times Ohio State swimmers have the fastest time in the Big Ten Conference in three events so far this season. Senior Sam Pelkey, the defending Big Ten champion in the 200 breaststroke, has the fastest time in that discipline at both the 100 ((54.49) and 200 (1:58.99) distances. Junior Justin Farra has the fastest time in the conference to date in the 200 individual medley, an impressive 1:45.66 clocking Dec. 4 at the Ohio State invite to set a new school record.
Five are No. 2, Too Five Buckeyes have the second-fastest time in a total of six events in the Big Ten Conference: Stefan Sigrist is No. 2 in both the 500 and 1,650 freestyles; Farra has the second-fastest time in the 200 breaststroke (more on this event in the note below); Andrew Elliott is just two-tenths behind the best time in the 100 backstroke; freshman Tim Phillips is No. 2 in the 100 butterfly and Quincy Lee is in the same position in the 200 fly.
Four Below 2:00.00 Led by Pelkey, Ohio State has the top four times in the Big Ten in the 200 breaststroke with all four swimmers – Pelkey, Farra, Elliott Keefer and Daniel Malnik – going below two minutes. Coach Bill Wadley: “To have four breaststrokers under two minutes is really, really special. I don’t think there are two or three schools in the nation that can have four guys do that at this point in the season.”
Just a Sneak Peek Based on the times submitted to USA Swimming and available on its Top Times database, Ohio State, Michigan and Minnesota lead the Big Ten in Top 5 times within the conference to date. Ohio State has 27 Top 5 times and is followed by Michigan (26) and then Minnesota (11).
Up Next Ohio State will host Indiana Sat., Jan. 16 at noon at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.