COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 8 Ohio State men’s swimming team picked up three more victories and is in second-place after the second day of swimming at the seven-team Purdue Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes have 547 points to trail the host Boilermakers, who have 662.5 points. The Boilermakers are competing with divers in addition to swimmers at this event while the Buckeyes are only competing with swimmers.
Senior Justin Farra added to his 200 individual medley win Friday with a win in the 400 individual medley Saturday. His winning time was 3:53.99.
Big Ten champion and Ohio State junior Andrew Elliott remained unbeaten in the 100 backstroke event this season as he won in 47.92.
And Ohio State’s 200 medley team of Elliott, Farra, sophomore Tim Phillips and junior Lincoln Fahrbach won in 1:21.86.
It isn’t just wins that is keying Ohio State’s performance at this first major invite of the year for the team. It’s depth – lots of it – and on top of talent that is keeping the Buckeyes close to their Big Ten rivals from Purdue and comfortably ahead of the rest of the pack. Louisville, which won this meet last year, is 170 points behind Ohio State in third place.
Here’s depth: Ohio State had seven points scorers in the 400 individual medley and would have had an eighth if not for a disqualification. Joining the victorious Farra as finalists were juniors Brent Hitchcock (fifth) and Austin Mudd (sixth).
Here’s more depth: six of the eight finalists in the 100 butterfly were Buckeyes. Phillips was second in 48.31 and places three-through-six were held by senior Quincy Lee, Elliott, Fahrbach and sophomore Luke Stirton. Sophomore Jason Schnur was eighth.
And one final note about depth: four others joined Elliott in the 100 backstroke points races, with freshman Kevin Lancki and junior Markus Sievers finishing sixth and seventh, respectively.
A couple other Saturday night finalists were senior Elliott Keefer (sixth) and Farra (eighth) in the 100 breaststroke, and sophomore Zach Holmes (fourth) and Fahrbach (seventh) in the 200 freestyle.
The Buckeyes’ 800 freestyle relay team of Phillips, junior Stephen Sakaris, sophomore Zach Holmes and Fahrbach took second with a time of 6:39.13.
The third and final day of competition at the Purdue Invite will take place Sunday.
Men’s Swimming & Diving
Purdue Invitational – Purdue Aquatic Center
Team Scores: 1. Purdue 662.5, 2. Ohio State 547.5, 3. Louisville 374.5, 4. Southern Illinois 270.5. Missouri State 225, 6. Cincinnati 109, 7. Michigan 36
Ohio State Finalists: 200 medley relay – 1. Elliott, Farra, Phillips, Fahrbach (1:29.83); 400 IM – 1. Farra (3:53.99); 5. Hitchcock (4:01.47); 6. Mudd (4:04.69); 100 butterfly – 2. Phillips (48.31); 3. Lee (49.15); 4. Elliott (49.65); 5. Fahrbach (49.73); 6. Stirton (49.78); 200 freestyle – 4. Holmes (1:40.52); 7. Fahrbach (1:43.02); 100 breaststroke – 6. Keefer (57.63); Farra (58.29); 100 backstroke – 1. Elliott (47.82); 6. Lancki (50.81); 7. Sievers (50.96); 800 freestyle relay – 2. Phillips, Sakaris, Holmes, Fahrbach (6:39.13).