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Jan. 14, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team is tied for 24th in this week’s College Swim Coaches Association of America Top 25 poll, which was announced Thursday. The Buckeyes climbed into the poll after beating Indiana last Saturday at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center.

Ohio State improved to 7-0 in dual meets after handing No. 13 Indiana a 129-114 loss. The Hoosiers fell to 8-3 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten. It was the first conference meet for the Buckeyes.

“I think the ranking obviously is a result of beating a really good Indiana team,” Bill Wadley, OSU men’s swimming coach, said. “It is a feather in the cap for our team and speaks to their effort this season.”

The Buckeyes used individual wins by Gary Grant in the 50-yard freestyle (21.04), Marty Tomes in the 100-yard butterfly (49.88), Tommy Seay in the 100-yard freestyle (45.16) and Rob Kauscher in the 100-yard breaststroke (56.03) to go with team wins in the 400-medley (3:20.60) and 200-yard freestyle (1:22.09) relays to beat Indiana.

The CSCAA rankings are decided upon by a poll of 16 Division I assistant and head coaches. New polls are produced on a bi-weekly basis. Seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the Jan. 13 Top 25 poll.

The Buckeyes next compete at Ohio University Saturday at 1 p.m.

MEN’S DIV. I RANKING: Jan. 13, 2005 1. Stanford (8) 200 2. Florida 190 3. Auburn 184 4. California 170 5. Arizona 164 6. Southern Cal 163 7. Minnesota 156 8. Michigan 149 9. Texas 136 10. Virginia 127 11. Kentucky 118 12. Georgia 108 13. Indiana 105 14. Northwestern 96 15. Tennessee 90 16. Purdue 78 17. Wisconsin 67 18. Texas A&M 60 19. North Carolina 53 20. BYU 48 21. Notre Dame 36 22. Hawaii 34 23. Florida State 25 24. Ohio State 11 24. Alabama 11 Others receiving votes: Princeton 10; Arizona State 9; Harvard 2