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Jan. 25, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a week break, the No. 24 Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team returns to play host to back-to-back dual meets against Michian State Friday and Michigan Saturday. The meet against Michigan will be the last-ever home meet for the men’s team in Peppe Pool. The closure of the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center will mark an end to a venue that has been home to 11national team titles by Ohio State. The men’s program also has boasted 117 individual national champions while in Peppe Pool and 42 Olympians.

Buckeyes Bust into the Rankings
The Buckeyes broke into the rankings Jan. 13 when the College Swim Coaches Association of America ranked them the No. 24 team in the nation following their victory over No. 13 Indiana. Rob Kauscher also has recorded top times, placing within the Top 50 times in the country as compiled by collegeswimming.com. His time of 56.03 against Indiana ranks him 32nd in the 100-yard breaststroke. Kauscher also is No. 39 in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:02.6 against Wright State.

Men’s Swimming History
The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving program is one of the most successful programs in the history of college swimming with its 11 NCAA championships. All 11 (1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1962) national titles were won under the direction of former coach Mike Peppe, who served as the head coach of Buckeye swimming and diving from 1931 to 1963. During Peppe’s tenure, the team also won 12 Big Ten conference championships (1938, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1962). The program has won 117 individual national championships, the most recent in 1991 when David Pichler won the 10-meter platform dive. The program also has won 172 Big Ten individual championships, the most recent in 2002 when Heath Knowling won both the 1- and 3-meter dives.

The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving program has produced 42 Olympians including Yoshi Oyakawa, Bill Smith, Gerry Holan, Al Wiggins, Frank Dooley and Don Harper.

A Look at Michigan State
The 2-4 Spartans enter the meet looking to break Ohio State’s 8-0 record. Michigan State has been led by Rudolf Wagenaar, who won the Big Ten weekly honors for his finishes against Ball State Dec. 11. Wagenaar had wins in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events to help him earn the honor. Ian Clutten has won roughly nine events this season, including wins in the breaststroke, to help his team

Last Time vs. The Spartans
Tommy Seay was a triple winner and Mitch Richeson took both diving events as the Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team defeated Michigan State, 147-96, Jan. 17, 2003 at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center. Seay followed with his fifth 200 individual medley victory of the season to keep the Buckeyes’ momentum rolling. After Nick Rees took first in the 100 butterfly, Seay grabbed his second first-place finish of the evening with a win in the 100 free. Seay’s final first-place finish came during the 400 freestyle relay, where he, Adam Braun, Marty Tomes and Swonger set a team season’s best time of 3:05.26 in the victory. The Buckeyes also controlled the diving boards where they took the Top 3 spots in the 1-meter and first, second and fourth-place in the 3-meter. Richeson led the squad by sweeping both events for the

A Look at Michigan
Michigan enters the meet ranked No. 8 in the country, carrying with them a 6-2 overall and a 4-0 record in Big Ten duals. The Wolverines defeated No. 13 Indiana Jan. 22. Senior Peter Vanderkaay dominated throughout the meet winning the 100-, 200- and 500-yard freestyle events. The Wolverines have also been dominating in relays, taking the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:02.15 against Northwestern on Jan. 21.

Last Time vs. The Wolverines
The Buckeyes lost to No. 4 Michigan Feb. 2, 2003, 161-114. The Buckeyes scored just one first-place finish, but set three season best times in the loss. The sole individual winner on the day for Ohio State was sophomore Andy Swonger, who won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.91. Highlights for the Buckeyes also included Andreas Campioni, who reset both of his season team-best times in backstroke events. Campioni finished the 100 back in 51.48. In diving, Mitch Richeson finished in second in both the 1- and 3-meter dive behind Michigan’s Jason Coben, but set a team season best score of 325.73 in the 1-meter event.

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 last Friday and Saturday. 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 on 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 travel to Penn State Feb. 5 at noon for their final dual meet before the Big Ten championships.