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Feb. 1, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 23 Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team will wrap up its dual-meet season Saturday when it travels to Penn State. The team will be trying to improve its record to 10-1.

Ohio State Says Good-Bye to Pool
The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team said good-bye to an era last Saturday when it competed against Michigan in the last collegiate swim meet in the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center. Many gathered to cheer on the Buckeyes and say good-bye to a pool that has been a part of the swimming and diving program since 1932. Although the Buckeyes lost to Michigan, 125-118, the team set eight season-best times during the meet. Rob Kauscher and Matt Voelker claimed wins and season-best times in the 200-yard breaststroke and the 50-yard freestyle, respectively. The Ohio State 400-yard freestyle relay team went 1-2-3, with all three teams touching the wall three seconds before the Michigan team. For the divers, Mitch Richeson claimed both springboard events for the Buckeyes.

Buckeyes Continue to Climb
Ohio State has moved up a spot on the Collee Swim Coaches Association of America poll. The Buckeyes improved to 23rd following their 163-111win over Ohio. The Buckeyes broke into the rankings Jan. 13 when the CSCAA ranked them No. 24 following their victory over No. 13 Indiana.

Tommy Seay Takes Nine 100’s
Tommy Seay has been exceptional in the 100-yard freestyle event. Seay won the event for the ninth time in a row at the Michigan State meet Friday, Jan. 28. Seay currently holds the Ohio State season-best in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 45.16, which he recorded on Jan. 8 when the Buckeyes played host to Indiana. Seay is now 9-1 in the 100-yard freestyle, his only loss coming to Olympic gold medalist Peter Vanderkaay on Jan. 29.

Kauscher Ranks in Top 50 Times
Rob Kauscher has recorded two top times throughout the season, placing within the Top 50 times in the country as compiled by collegeswimming.com. His time of 56.03 against Indiana ranks him 34th in the 100-yard breaststroke. Kauscher, a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, also is No. 41 in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:02.6 against Wright State.

A Look at Penn State
The Nittany Lions enter the meet 6-1 for the season and 1-0 in the Big Ten, following wins over Missouri and Iowa Jan. 29. Senior Daryl Northrup has recorded two season-best times for the Nittany Lions in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events. Diver Adam Pierce has won four times this season. Three of those wins were on the 1-meter board, while the fourth was on the 3-meter. Shawn McLin was a strong force in Penn State’s win over Missouri and Iowa winning three events.

Last Time vs. The Nittany Lions
The Buckeyes last competed against the Nittany Lions to a 122-121 loss Feb. 6, 2004. Mitch Richeson swept both diving events, taking the 1-meter event by 364.28 and the 3-meter with a score of 391.28. Andreas Campioni took the 200-yard backstroke for the Buckeyes, while Nate King placed first in the 200-yard individual medley. The Ohio State 400-yard freestyle relay team also recorded a win in a time of 3:06.12.

Ohio State Powers Past MSU
The Buckeyes defeated Michigan State Jan. 28, 127-102. Ohio State won nine individual events along with two diving wins. Tommy Seay was the only double-event winner of the meet, claiming the 200-yard individual medley and winning the 100-yard freestyle for the ninth consecutive time. Ryan Sciortino won the 1,000-yard freestyle, reaching the wall in a season-best time of 9:34.92. Nate King clocked a season-best time also in the 500-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 4:36.88. The Buckeye divers went 1-2-3-4 on both the 1-meter and the 3-meter boards with Mitch Richeson placing first on the 1-meter and Marc Dreyer claiming the 3-meter.

Buckeyes Power Past Ohio
The No. 24 Buckeyes improved to 8-0 with a 163-111 win over Ohio University Jan. 15 in Athens. Ohio State swept every event, including in the diving well. Sophomore Nate King was a quadruple-event winner, winning the 200- and 500-yard freestyle, the 200-yard backstroke and the 200-yard individual medley. Ohio State also had four double-event winners. Marty Tomes clocked in at 51.09 in the 100-yard butterfly and at 1:53.41 in the 200-yard butterfly. Rob Kauscher swept the breaststroke events with a time of 57.96 in the 100-yard and 2:06.94 in the 200-yard. Tommy Seay won his eighth-consecutive 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.08 along with reaching the wall first in the 50-yard freestyle (21.09). In the diving well, senior Mitch Richeson claimed both the 1-meter and 3-meter with scores of 312.08 and 343.43, respectively.

Ohio State Doubles Its Pleasure
Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team took back-to-back wins when it defeated Wright State and Indiana Jan. 7 and 8. During the Wright State meet, Buckeye Senior Rob Kauscher set a lifetime-best time in the 200-breaststroke, clocking in at 2:02.62.

In the Big Ten season opener against Indiana every race came down to the touch. The Buckeyes out-touched the No. 13 Hoosiers enough to win 130-114. Tommy Seay reached the wall first for the seventh time this season in the 100-yard freestyle. Other event winners included Gary Grant in the 50-yard freestyle, Marty Tomes in the 100-yard butterfly and Kauscher for a win in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Buckeyes Dominate Denison
The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team preserved its unbeaten streak defeating the Denison Big Red 150-96, Nov. 19. The men won every event of the meet. Tommy Seay won the 100-yard freestyle for the fifth time in as many meets in a time of 46.11. The team also had two multiple-event winners. Nick Keene won the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle events, while Gary Grant won in the 100-yard butterfly and the 50-yard freestyle. Other winners of the meet included Nate King in the 400-yard individual medley, R.J. Lemyre won in the 200-yard backstroke, Marty Tomes won the 200-yard butterfly, Matt Jefferies won in the 100-yard breaststroke, and Joe Doyle won in the 200-yard freestyle.

Buckeyes Win Double-Dual
The team defeated Louisville and West Virginia to claim both ends of a double-dual meet Nov. 12 in Louisville, Ky. The Buckeyes defeated Louisville 178-63, and downed West Virginia 164.5-78.5.

Nate King was the only double-event winner in the pool, touching the wall first in the 200-yard backstroke and in the 500-yard freestyle, which were contested back-to-back. Seniors Tommy Seay and Rob Kauscher were the other individual winners, taking the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard breaststroke, respectively. The 400-yard freestyle relay team also posted the win.

Buckeye divers swept the Top 4 slots in the diving events with Mitch Richeson winning both events. Nick Hanneman, Kellen Harkness and Marc Dreyer placed second, third and fourth in the 1-meter, while in the 3-meter it was Harkness, Dreyer and then Hanneman behind Richeson.

Buckeyes Cruise Past Cincinnati
Ohio State defeated Cincinnati in its home opener Nov. 6 at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center.

Tommy Seay claimed two events for the second time that week, taking the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard individual medley with times of 20.95 and 46.13, respectively. Rob Kauscher placed first in the 200-yard breaststroke event for the second time in as many days, and also took the 100-yard breaststroke.

Gary Grant placed first in the 100-yard butterfly, Nate King took the 500-yard freestyle and Ryan Sciortino won the 1,000-yard freestyle. Daniel Novak won the 200-yard butterfly in an exciting race that came down to the very last stroke.

Buckeyes Defeat Miami
The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team kicked off the season with a 139-97 victory over Miami (Ohio) Nov. 5. The team won in 11 of the 13 events of the meet.

Tommy Seay claimed two events, winning the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley with times of 46.11 and 1:53.59, respectively. The team also swept the first three spots in the 1,000-yard freestyle and the first four spots in the 200-yard individual medley. Rob Kauscher placed first in the 200-yard breaststroke event in an exhibition timed race.

The underclassmen had a strong showing with wins in four events. Jason Adler won the 1,000-yard freestyle, Joe Doyle took the 200-yard freestyle, Gary Grant placed first in the 50-yard freestyle and Daniel Novak won the 200-yard backstroke.

The diving squad also made an impact, taking first and second in the 1-meter and the first three spots in the 3-meter event. Mitch Richeson won the 1-meter event with a score of 343.30. Kellen Harkness won the 3-meter event with a score of 333.30.

Alumni Meet
The annual alumni meet was held Oct. 23 for the last time in the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center. Former Ohio State swimmers and divers were invited to take a last dip in the pool before the team moves into the new Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Center. Former Olympians, NCAA champions and Ohio State record holders returned to tour the new pool and enjoy some races in the old one. Following the meet a silent auction was held to benefit the new Hall of Fame foyer.

Scarlet and Gray Meet
The Buckeyes competed in their annual Scarlet vs. Gray intrasquad meet Oct. 22. Nathan King was the only dual-winner of the night with wins in the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley.

Coach Bill Wadley
Bill Wadley enters his 16th year as the men’s head swimming coach. He has compiled a record of 135-24 (.849) at the helm of the Buckeyes and a 159-34 (.823) overall career record. Wadley has coached 13 Olympians and his teams have been ranked in the NCAA Top 20 for 11 of the past 16 seasons. Producing more than 30 world ranked swimmers in his coaching career, 13 of his student-athletes have reached the Olympic level.

A seasoned coach, Wadley has represented the United States on numerous occasions. He has coached the 1986 Olympic Festival and the 1988 and 1992 Gold Medal teams comprised of top non-collegiate swimmers in preparation for the Olympics. In 1991, Wadley coached the U.S. team at the World University Games and in 1993 was coach of the U.S. National Team training camp.

Most recently, Wadley was the head men’s coach of the 1998 Goodwill Games team that broke seven Goodwill Games records.

About Coach Panzano
Vince Panzano is in his 27th year as coach of the Ohio State men’s and women’s diving teams. Panzano, who was named the 2004 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, 10 NCAA champions, 14 NCAA runners-up, 43 Big Ten champions and 66 NCAA All-Americans.

Up Next
The Buckeyes have a two and half week break before they head to Minneapolis, Minn. for the 2005 Big Ten Conference Championships, Feb. 24-26.