COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s across the board depth enabled the men’s swimming team, ranked eighth nationally, to take second-place in the seven-team Purdue Invitational that concluded Sunday in West Lafayette, Ind.
The Buckeyes totaled 761.5 points to trail only Purdue’s total of 968.5 points, a figure that included points from three diving wins and additional placements. Ohio State competed at the meet with only swimmers.
Junior Andrew Elliott won his second individual event of the meet on Sunday, winning the 200 backstroke in 1:45.24. He won the 100 backstroke on Saturday. He was joined in the 200 back finals by Markus Sievers (fourth) and Austin Mudd (eighth).
Sophomore Luke Stirton was the runner-up in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:49.13. Mudd also was in this final, finishing fourth in 1:52.21.
Other top performances by the Buckeyes Sunday included Brent Hitchcock’s fourth-place effort in the 1,650 freestyle (15:40.33) and Zach Holmes fifth in the 100 freestyle in 46.00.
Ohio State had 17 different swimmers advance through the preliminaries into an evening final during this three-day meet. Those 17 swam in a total of 30 finals races. Leading the way with three finals swims apiece were Justin Farra, Lincoln Fahrbach and Andrew Elliott. Farra joined Elliott as a double winner as he took first in both the 200 and 400 individual medley events.
The team is off from competitive racing for the Thanksgiving holiday and will resume its competition schedule the weekend of Dec. 3-5 at the U.S. Shortcourse Nationals at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion with some student-athletes competing at the Miami Invitational.
Men’s Swimming & Diving
Purdue Invitational – Purdue Aquatic Center
Final Team Scores: 1. Purdue 968.5, 2. Ohio State 761.5, 3. Louisville 653.5, 4. Southern Illinois 381.5, 5. Missouri State 310, 6. Cincinnati 144, 7. Michigan 89.
Ohio State Finalists: 1,650 freestyle – 4. Hitchcock (15:40.33); 6. Miller (5:45.77); 7. Perkins (15:46.32); 200 backstroke – 1. Elliott (1:45.24); 4. Sievers (1:49.58); 8. Mudd (1:55.05); 100 freestyle – 5. Holmes (46.00); 200 butterfly – 2. Stirton (1:49.13); 4. Mudd (1:52.21); 5. Jenrow (1:52.61); 400 freestyle relay – 3. Holmes, Schnur, Birnbrich, Fahrbach (3:02.50).