Oct. 29, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With a pair of in-state adversaries on the agenda, the Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team will return to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion this week to face the Cleveland State Vikings and Kenyon Lords. On Thursday, the Buckeyes will take on Cleveland State, while action will continue Friday evening vs. Kenyon. Both duals are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
Order of Events
A format for each meet follows below. The duals will operate with alternating men’s and women’s events.
Thursday, Oct. 30
200 Medley Relay
200 Free Relay
Friday, Oct. 31
200 Medley Relay
200 Individual Medley
400 Free Relay
Buckeyes Best Bearcats
Ohio State opened its 2014-15 campaign by defeating Cincinnati, 160-119, on home turf. The Buckeyes recorded the fastest time in 13 races, while earning the top score in both the one- and three-meter diving events. Juniors Josh Fleagle and DJ MacDonald led the way with two individual wins, each complimenting a first-place touch in the 200 medley relay.
Scouting the Competition
Under the direction of first-year head coach Paul Graham, Cleveland State captured a pair of wins over Niagara, 160-73, and Valparaiso, 181-78, last weekend. The Vikings are 2-1 in duals thus far this season, after opening their campaign at Green Bay, Oct. 18. Last season, the Vikings also made a trip to Columbus, with Ohio State coming away with a 201-91 win.
The Kenyon Lords picked up where they left off last season by winning the Kenyon College Relays. The defending Division III NCAA champs broke four meet records in the process of garnering a team score of 124 points. Senior Austin Caldwell was named North Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week for his efforts during the meet. Last season, the Buckeyes topped the Lords in Columbus, 186-101.
Phillips to Contend at World Championships
Tim Phillips, a former member of the Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team, will represent the United States at the 2015 FINA World Championships, July 24-Aug. 9, in Kazan, Russia. Phillips will replace fellow U.S. National Team member Michael Phelps in the 100 butterfly event on the American roster.
Phillips was an All-American swimmer during his time at Ohio State. Most recently, he set a Big Ten record with a time of 45.10 in the 100 butterfly at the 2014 NCAA Championships to place third. He is joined on the U.S. National Team by current Ohio State swimmer DJ MacDonald. MacDonald will compete at the 2015 World University Games, July 3-14, in Gwangju, South Korea.
Wadley Named to U.S. National Team Coaching Staff
Ohio State head coach Bill Wadley will contribute his plethora of experience to the United States National Team as a member for the coaching staff, effective Sept. 2, 2014. Wadley was selected to join the coaching contingent by USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch and will remain on the staff for one year.
Wadley qualified for the position after two of his athletes – Phillips and MacDonald – finished Top 6 in their respective events at the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships.
“Coach Wadley has helped me develop as a swimmer through his dedication and perseverance to making sure that not just me, but everyone on the team reaches their full potential as a swimmer and as a person,” MacDonald, member of the Ohio State swimming team and U.S. National Team, said. “As much as he emphasizes the team’s efforts in the pool, he also encourages us to be leaders outside of the pool – in the community and the classroom.”
The Boys are Back
Last season, Ohio State sent 12 team members to the 2014 NCAA Championships – eight individually. For the last decade, Ohio State has sent double-digit numbers to the national championships each season. The Buckeyes will welcome back nine NCAA qualifiers for the 2014-15 campaign: Michael DiSalle, Josh Fleagle, Tamas Gercsak, Steffen Hillmer, DJ MacDonald, Connor McDonald, Matt McHugh, Keanu Stevenson and Steven Zimmerman.
Off-Season? What Off-Season?
With the next Summer Olympics just two years away, the Buckeyes have been busy building momentum, even with collegiate competition on a summer hiatus.
At the annual Mike Peppe-John Bruce Memorial Invitational, July 4-6, the squad captured wins in 10 events and set five meet records. Held at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, the meet was highlighted by multiple event wins from DJ MacDonald and Peter Lyon. MacDonald set meet records in the 200 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke. Not to be outdone, Lyon won the 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly, setting a meet record in the 200.
The Buckeyes opened competition at the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships with a Top 3, school record-breaking finish in the 400 freestyle relay. The quartet of Michael DiSalle, Josh Fleagle, Garrett Trebilcock and Matt McHugh brought their A game to Irvine, Calif., posting a time of 3:21.97. The medley relay was also in top form, earning third overall with a school-record mark of 3:39.29.
At the conclusion of the summer, Ohio State had four swimmers ranked among the Top 100 individual competitors in the world, as well as seven team members in the Top 100 in the United States. Two Buckeye relays – the 400 medley and 400 freestyle – held the third-fastest times in the U.S. in their respective events. Internationally, four Buckeyes held rankings in their respective nations of Switzerland, Germany, Russia and Hungary.
Ohio State will return to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Nov. 7-8, for a face off against Denison and Princeton. On Friday, races are scheduled to start at 5 p.m., while action will resume Saturday at 10 a.m. The meet will be a final tune-up before the Buckeyes host the always competitive Ohio State Invitational, Nov. 21-23.