COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 15-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team hits the road to take on Miami University at 6 p.m. Friday in Oxford, Ohio.
Ohio State swimmers won seven of 14 events and had eight second-place finishers in the 172.5-121.5 win over University of Washington last Friday at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion. The divers swept both the one- and three-meter events for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is now 2-0 on the year.
ON THE REDHAWKS
Pete Lindsay begins his 23rd year as head coach for the Miami men’s swimming and diving team. With the return of two Mid-American Conference champions and 14 letterwinners, Lindsay and the Redhawks are looking to improve from last season’s second-place conference finish.
The Redhawks return defending MAC Swimmer of the Year Paul Ricard and MAC Diver of the Year Chris Heaton. Ricard earned his second straight honor after capturing three conference titles in the 200, 500 and 1,650 freestyle events. Heaton swept the diving titles for the second consecutive season.
So far, Miami is 3-2 on the season and is coming off a 137-106 win over Cleveland State. Ricard won both the 500 and 1,000 freestyle events, while Heaton took first on the one- and three-meter diving boards.
IN THE RANKINGS
The Buckeyes are currently ranked No. 15 in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll. The ranking is based on dual-meet performance. Seven schools represent the Big Ten in the polls. They are Michigan (5), Indiana (9), Minnesota (10), Purdue (14), Ohio State (15), Northwestern (18) and Penn State (25).
LAST WEEK’S WIN OVER WASHINGTON
The 200-yard medley relay team, comprised of senior Dan Novak, junior Felipe Travesso, sophomore Andrew Bretscher and senior Matt Voelker, opened the meet with a first-place finish in a time of 1:30.49. Junior Matthias Sigrist followed suit with a win in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:39.55, while Novak captured the 100 backstroke in a time of 50.44 for Ohio State.
Other individual first-place finishers for the Buckeyes were Travesso in the 100 breaststroke (56.35), freshman Itai Chammah in the 200 backstroke (1:49.00), sophomore Daniel Malnik in the 200 breaststroke (2:04.63) and sophomore Niksa Roki in the 200 individual medley (1:52.32).
The divers were led by junior Wes Wieser, who captured both the one- and three-meter boards with scores of 368.48 and 402.75 respectively.
Freshmen Quincy Lee and Elliott Keefer each recorded career-best times in the meet. Lee finished second in the 200 butterfly in a time of 1:49.75, while Keefer took second in the 200 breaststroke in 2:04.76.
THIRD ANNUAL OHIO STATE INVITE
Ohio State will host the third annual Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational, Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Men’s and women’s teams from Notre Dame, South Carolina, Denver, Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota are scheduled to compete.
COACH BILL WADLEY
The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team has been one of the most successful Buckeye athletics programs during the past 60 years, including the past 18 under the guidance of head coach Bill Wadley.
Wadley has coached 13 Olympians and his teams have been ranked in the NCAA Top 25 for 14 of the past 17 seasons. Buckeye swimmers and divers have qualified for the NCAA Championships in 16 of Wadley’s 17 years as coach.
Wadley coached the Buckeyes to a third place finish at the 2007 Big Ten Championships and sent nine swimmers and three divers to the NCAA Championships where the team finished 12th, its highest finish since 1983. In all, 11 athletes received honorable mention All-American honors at the meet. The 2007 season included a 6-3 dual meet record and a 2nd-place finish at the second annual Ohio State Invitational at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion.
Wadley has compiled a dual-meet record of 158-30 (.843) at Ohio State and has a career record of 182-40 (.820) in 20 seasons as a college head coach. He has produced more than 35 world-ranked swimmers and 13 of his student-athletes have reached the Olympics.
ABOUT COACH PANZANO
Vince Panzano is head coach of the Ohio State men’s and women’s diving teams. Panzano, who was named the 2007 Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year for the eighth time in his career, has produced one world champion, one junior world champion, two Olympic medalists, 22 U.S. Diving champions, ten NCAA champions, 14 NCAA runners-up, 48 Big Ten champions and 69 NCAA All-Americans.
The Buckeyes return home for a nonconference meet against Cleveland State at 5 p.m. on Nov. 20 before hosting the third annual Ohio State Invitational, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion