COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore all-arounder Brandon Wynn sat down with Wednesday to preview Ohio State’s dual vs. UIC at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena. The meet vs. the Flames is Ohio State’s season home opener and its first team competition since Jan. 24 when the Buckeyes visited Illinois in Champaign.

At the meet Saturday, the first 150 kids will receive a free Ohio State medal as the team celebrates Olympic Night. In addition, Olympic memorabilia from Miles Avery and Blaine Wilson will be on display.

“I am proud to show Ohio State’s association with the Olympics at the meet Saturday,” Avery said. “It has been a great privilege to serve the last four U.S. Olympic teams on the coaching staff and it has been a joy to see Buckeyes representing the country and the university at that level.”

Ohio State and the Olympics
Miles Avery, assistant coach – Atlanta, 1996; Sydney, 2000; Athens, 2004; Beijing, 2008
Peter Kormann, Olympian – Montreal, 1976; head coach – Atlanta, 1996; Sydney, 2000
Raj Bhavsar, Olympian – Beijing, 2008; alternate – Athens, 2004
Jamie Natalie, alternate – Sydney, 2000
Gil Pinto (Brazil), Olympian – Seoul, 1988
Kip Simons, Olympian – Atlanta, 1996
Blaine Wilson, Olympian – Atlanta, 1996; Sydney, 2000; Athens, 2004

It also is FUNday Saturday at the dual. For $7, each person receives a ticket, hotdog, soda and popcorn.

The first 300 fans in attendance will receive a free team poster and the 2009 Buckeyes will be available for a postgame autograph session on the main concourse.