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COLUMBUS, Ohio If ever there was a swimming and diving meet during the dual meet season that would “get your motor running,” as John Kaye and the Steppenwolf urged in the 1970s hit “Born to be Wild,” this week’s quadrangular meet at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion is it. Over the course of two days – starting Friday at 6 p.m. and continuing Saturday at noon – Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Northwestern will race, compete and throw down some heavy metal thunder in a mini-preview of the Big Ten Conference championships that will take place in four weeks on this same stage.

Oh yea: and the teams will have some fun, too.

“This will be an excellent meet with four good teams coming in here,” Ohio State coach Bill Wadley said. “We want to swim fast and do our best, but also have some fun.”

Two of the teams are ranked and two are receiving votes in the latest College Swim Coaches Association of America poll. Michigan, the defending Big Ten Conference champion, comes into the meet with a No. 6 national ranking. Ohio State, helped no doubt by a convincing dual meet win over Indiana two weeks ago, is at its highest national ranking – No. 9 – in years. Penn State is 35th and Northwestern is also receiving votes.

Admission to the meet is free. 

Schedule of Events

Friday, Jan. 29 – 6 p.m.
400-yard Medley Relay
1,000-yard Freestyle
200-yard Freestyle
50-yard Freestyle
One-meter Diving (20 minute break)
200-yard Backstroke
200-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
10 minute break
400-yard Freestyle Relay

Saturday, Jan. 30 – Noon
200-yard Medley Relay
500-yard Freestyle
200-yard Individual Medley
100-yard Butterfly
Three-meter Diving (20 minute break)
100-yard Backstroke
100-yard Freestyle
100-yard Breaststroke
400-yard Individual Medley (time trial)
200-yard Freestyle Relay

Live Meet Scoring/Results  Access to “live results” of the meet is available on the main men’s swimming home page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

Here’s Where to Park  Parking is available at an hourly rate in the Neil Avenue Parking Garage just south of theMcCorkle Aquatic Pavilion and the Tuttle Park Place Parking Garage north of the facility. Pay to park – $1 per hour – is also available in the surface lots next to Ohio Stadium. Just remember to pay to park.

Records and Stats

  • Ohio State is 6-0 in dual meets this season – and 1-0 in Big Ten duals – and is coming off a bye week this past weekend. The team last swam competitively Jan. 16 vs. No. 20 Indiana, a 224-74 win. According the USA Swimming’s times database, the Buckeyes have 28 of the Top 5 times in the Big Ten Conference to date, including four of the fastest times: 500 freestyle (Stefan Sigrist); 100 and 200 breaststroke (Sam Pelkey); and 200 individual medley (Justin Farra).
  • Michigan is 3-0 overall, 1-0 in the Big Ten and is coming off an impressive win at the SMU Classic. Two-time NCAA champion Tyler Clary (400 individual medley and 200 backstroke in 2009) was named national swimmer of the week after leading the Wolverines to the title in Dallas. Coach Mike Bottom is 6-0 in Big Ten dual meets in two years as head coach. Michigan has 27 Top 5 times in the conference so far, including the fastest times in the 200 free (Andre Schultz), 1000 free (Schultz), 100 and 200 backstroke (Clary), 100 and 200 butterfly (Chris Brady and Daniel Madwed, respectively); and the 400 individual medley (Schultz).
  • Northwestern has a new coach: Jarod Schroeder, a former interim head coach at Maryland who was a Wildcats’ assistant last year. He replaced Bob Groseth, who retired after 20 years as coach. Schroeder’s team is 4-4 this dual meet season and is coming off a 149.5-144.5 loss to Iowa last weekend. Wildcats have posted five Top 10 times to date in the Big Ten, including 200 and 400 individual medley times by Alex Tyler.
  • Penn State, under the direction of second-year coach John Hargis, is 3-3 on the season. The Nittany Lions split a triangular two weeks ago, defeating Maryland and falling to Pittsburgh. Penn State currently has three swimmers who have events among the top times in the Big Ten: Brian Alden (50 freestyle); Basil Kaaki (100 freestyle); and Daniel Fimbianti (200 backstroke).

Keeping Things in Perspective  While the meet promises to be exciting, simply by nature of the four competing teams, Wadley is looking at the meet and the preparation leading up to it as part of the championships season process.

“Our goal is much bigger than one dual meet,” Wadley, in his 21st year at Ohio State and with 207 dual meet wins behind him, said. “We are going to give it our all, but we are keeping our eye on the goal, which is to qualify swimmers for the NCAA championships by having a great Big Ten Conference meet.”

Last Time Out  The No. 12 Buckeyes won every event and prevailed over the No. 20 Hoosiers, 224-74, to improve to 6-0 in the dual meet season Jan. 16. Ohio State was led by multiple wins from a quartet of swimmers: seniors Stefan Sigrist and Joel Elber, junior Elliott Keefer and sophomore Andrew Elliott. Senior diver Ryan Jefferson also had a pair of wins.

The Major Meets are at McCorkle This Year  The McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion will play host to the two biggest meets of the season: the Big Ten championships Feb. 24-27 and the NCAA championships March 25-27.

Senior Week is Coming  Ohio State will host Eastern Michigan in a 5 p.m. dual meet Friday, Feb. 5 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. This will be the team’s final home dual of the season and the team’s 14 seniors will be honored in pre-meet ceremonies. Note: the 5 p.m. start is a new start time. The meet was initially scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

So are These Recruits   Described as the best class of swimmers to sign National Letters of Intent with Ohio State in possibly three decades, Wadley and assistant coach Jessen Book signed seven high school seniors to NLIs in November. The new Buckeyes are: Brett Boston (Matthew, N.C.; David W. Butler H.S.), Ryan Bubb (Lincoln, Neb.; Lincoln East H.S.), Kevin Lancki (Parma, Ohio; Valley Forge H.S.), Ty Perkins (Centerville, Ohio; Centerville H.S.), David (Dak) Stone (Birnamwood, Wisc.), Garrett Trebilcock (Canfield, Ohio; Canfield H.S.) and Joe Wulf (Munster, Ind.; Munster H.S.).

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