COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State made a move at the 2011 Big Ten Conference swimming and diving championships Friday, qualifying 13 swimmers into evening second swims, plus getting points from two freshmen divers, and in the process moved closer to Indiana in the battle for second place heading into the final day on Saturday.
Michigan continues to lead the championships, being held on the University of Minnesota campus and its University Aquatics Center, with 461 points. Indiana is second with 406 points and Ohio State is third with 352. Minnesota (278.5) and Purdue (181.5) round out the Top 5.
The Buckeye charge Friday featured a number of Top 5 finishes.
The 200 free relay team of Jason Schnur, Lincoln Fahrbach, Zach Birnbrich and Tim Phillips opened the evening with a second-place finish to Minnesota in a school-record time of 1:18.23. It was the fifth school record of these championships for Ohio State and the team’s fourth runner-up finish in a relay.
The sophomore Phillips took second in the 100 butterfly for the second year in a row. Twice Friday he roared to a school record in the event, lowering it to 45.92, and going below the NCAA “A” cut in the process, with his runner-up swim in the finals. Senior Quincy Lee was fourth and sophomore Luke Stirton 14th. Lee’s prelim time of 46.47 makes him second-fastest in the event all-time at Ohio State.
Junior Andrew Elliott was the runner-up in the 100 backstroke in 47.02.
Fahrbach, another junior, had his highest individual event finish at a Big Ten championships when he placed fourth in the 200 free in 1:36.01. Phillips, less than 15 minutes after swimming the 100 butterfly final, swam in this final as well and was eighth.
Senior Elliott Keefer was fourth in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 53.47 with fellow senior Justin Farra ninth in 53.92.
Friday was also big day, in particular, for three Buckeyes: Phil Seleskie, Kevin Lancki and Christian Holstein.
Seleskie, a senior from Hastings, Minn. and competing in his final Big Ten championships, qualified for the finals in the 400 individual medley after swimming the fourth-fastest time in school history in the prelims – 3:49.23. He swam a 3:52.93 time in the finals and placed eighth. Austin Mudd and Brent Hitchcock were ninth, and 10th, respectively, in the event.
The freshman Lancki made the finals in the 100 backstroke in his first Big Ten championships. The high school All-American from Valley Forge High School in Parma Heights, Ohio, became the second-fastest 100 backstroke specialist in school history with a 47.80 time in the prelims. He went 47.88 in the finals to place eighth with Markus Sievers 11th.
And the freshmen diver Holstein, from Upper Arlington, Ohio and UA High School, made finals in the three-meter diving competition. He finished eighth with 308.20 points. Freshman Shane Miszkiel, third on three-meter on Thursday, was sixth on the 1-meter board with 359.25 points.
The championships conclude Saturday.
Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships
Day 3 Team Scores: 1. Michigan 461; 2. Indiana 406; 3. Ohio State 352; 4. Minnesota 278.5; 5. Purdue 181.5; 6. Penn State 167.5; 7. Wisconsin 141; 8. Northwestern 125.5; 9. Michigan State 122.5; 10. Iowa 118.5.
Event Results: 200 free relay – 1. Minnesota, 1:16.78; 2. Ohio State (Schnur, Fahrbach, Birnbrich, Phillips), 1:18.23; 400 individual medley – 1. Whitaker, Michigan (3:41.06); 8. Seleskie, Ohio State (3:52.93); 9. Mudd, Ohio State (3:49.46); 10. Hitchcock, Ohio State (3:50.55); 100 butterfly – 1. Fletcher, Michigan (45.69); 2. Phillips, Ohio State (45.92); 4. Lee, Ohio State (46.68); 14. Stirton, Ohio State (48.34); 200 freestyle – 1. Madwed, Michigan (1:34.36); 4. Fahrbach, Ohio State (1:36.01); 8. Phillips, Ohio State (1:37.59); 100 breaststroke – 1. Miller, Indiana (52.90); 4. Keefer, Ohio State (53.47); 9. Farra, Ohio State (53.92); 100 backstroke – 1. Ress, Indiana (45.11); 2. Elliott, Ohio State (47.02); 8. Lancki, Ohio State (47.88); 11. Sievers, Ohio State (47.95); 3-meter diving – 1. Boudia, Purdue (509.90); 6. Miszkiel, Ohio State (359.25); 8. Holstein, Ohio State (308.20).