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May 10, 2004

The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team held its annual awards banquet April 8 at the Faculty Club on the Ohio State campus and announced team awards for the 2003-04 season. Over eighty student-athletes, parents and friends were in attendance, with eight Buckeyes receiving team awards.

Rob Kauscher (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) was honored with the Bill and Mae McCorkle Award as the Most Outstanding Swimmer. Kauscher posted the fourth-best program time in the 100-yard breaststroke and a lifetime-best time in the 200-yard individual medley at the 2004 Big Ten Championships, along with contributing to several first-place finishes during the dual-meet season. Kauscher was also named an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Mitch Richeson (Jr., Greenwood, Ind./ Greenwood) was honored with the Miller Anderson award as the Most Outstanding Diver. Richeson recently earned a spot at the U.S. Olympic team trials held in early June after his top finishes at the 2004 Speedo American Cup. Crowned the 2004 Big Ten Champion in the 3-meter dive at the conference meet, Richeson was also named Big Ten Diver of the Week Jan. 3 and posted a first-place finish in every 1-meter dive he competed in during the dual-met season. Richeson earned All-American honors after his performance at the NCAA championships and was also named First-Team All-Big Ten and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Kauscher and graduating senior Sean Veit (Sr., Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) also earned the Leo Portelance Award for their leadership and excellence as the Buckeye’s team captains.

Marty Tomes (So., Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) was presented with the Mike Peppe Coaches’ Award by head awimming coach Bill Wadley. Nate King (Fr., Youngstown, Ohio/Warren Harding) was honored with the Mike Cochran Award as the Most Promising Freshman, while graduating senior Andreas Campioni (Sr., Erfurt, Germany/Univ. of Nebraska) was honored with the Carl Wirthwein Award as the Most Improved Swimmer.

Joe Doyle (Fr., Centerburg, Ohio/Centerburg) was given the Steve Skilken Award for “the spirit of giving,” while Chris Stoneburg (So., Copley, Ohio/Akron Firestone) was recognized with the John Bruce Award for his commitment to excellence.