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
One-meter Diving (20 minute break)
10 minute break
400-yard Freestyle Relay
Saturday, Jan. 30 – Noon
200-yard Medley Relay
200-yard Individual Medley
Three-meter Diving (20 minute break)
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
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.).