Feb. 12, 2007

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -The No. 13 Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team will play host to the 2007 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Thursday through Saturday. Preliminary sessions will begin at 12 p.m. each day, with finals following at 7 p.m. The qualifying round for diving starts at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are now available for the Men’s Swimming and Diving Big Ten Championships. An all-sessions adult pass is $30, while an all-sessions student pass is $25. Single-session adult passes are available for $8 and single-session student passes can be bought for $5.

Parking is available at an hourly rate in the Neil Avenue Parking Garage just south of the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion and the Tuttle Park Place Parking Garage north of the facility.

Live results for the event will be available at

Last year, the Buckeyes recorded a fifth-place finish with 375.5 points to move one place higher than the previous year. The finish was the highest for Ohio State since 1998. Ohio State owns 12 Big Ten Championships, with the last in 1956. The Buckeyes also boast 179 individual Big Ten champions. Ohio State has not hosted the Men’s Big Ten championships since 1979.

The battle for the Big Ten title will be hard-fought, as six of the men’s teams are ranked in the Top 25. While the No. 11 Hoosiers are the defending champions, Northwestern enters the meet with the highest ranking at the No. 6 spot. Minnesota and Michigan follow at the No. 10 and No. 11 places, respectively. The Buckeyes occupy the No. 13 place and Purdue is ranked 18th. 2007 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
Swimmers Joe Doyle, George Markovic and Mark Neiman are already in contention for a spot at the 2007 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., Mar. 15-17. Doyle posted a NCAA provisional time in the 100-yard butterfly at the Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational. Heading into post-season competition, his time is the 12th fastest collegiate time recorded this season.

Markovic also posted a NCAA ‘B’ standard in the 500-yard freestyle and the OSU Invite. He stands 18th amongst his peers in the event. Markovic has a second NCAA ‘B’ cut in the 1,650-yard freestyle, placing 14th in college swimming. Neiman swam a ‘B’ qualifying time in the event to rank 15th in the distance event. The 800-yard freestyle relay quad of Doyle, Markovic, Matt Voelker, and Matthias Sigrist qualified for the NCAA `B’ standard in a time of 6:36.7.

The Divers will participate in the NCAA Diving Zone meet in Ann Arbor, Mich., Mar. 2-4 for a chance to compete at the NCAA championships.

Ohio State enters the Big Ten competition with a 2-3 conference record. The Buckeyes openend their conference season, Nov. 17, winning 10 of 16 events to defeat Purdue, 171-129. Freshman Mark Neiman won the 1,000-yard freestyle for the second consecutive time in a time of 9:15.33. R.J. Lemyre was a double-event winner, with victories in both backstroke events.

Indiana edged Ohio State, Jan. 6, by a score of 154-146. Two Buckeyes, George Markovic and Burkley Showe, recorded double-event wins against the Hoosiers. Markovic won the 1,000-yard freestyle in a season-best time of 9:15.16. He later captured the 500-yard freestyle (4:29.27). Showe claimed both of the diving events, winning the 1-meter with a score of 361.12 and the 3-meter with 397.87. Ohio State divers swept the boards, as they were responsible for the Top 5 places on the 1-meter and the Top 3 spots on the 3-meter.

The Scarlet and Gray came back Jan. 20 to govern the pool in a 156-82 win against Iowa. Matthias Sigrist, Mark Neiman and Nate King each won two events to help the team capture the victory. Buckeye swimmers were first to touch the wall first in 11 of the 13 events.

The Buckeyes concluded their conference dual-meet season with a double-dual meet against Michigan and Northwestern, Jan. 26 and 27. Despite sweeping the relays against Michigan, the Wolverines edged Ohio State, 171-163. Northwestern also overtook the Buckeyes, 185.5-148.5. Kellen Harkness and Nick Hanneman led the divers to a sweep of the boards against both teams, as they each took home a win. R.J. Lemyre swam the 100-yard backstroke in 49.69, while Joe Doyle stopped the clock at 20.52 to win the events opposite Michigan.

Burkley Showe earned Big Ten Diver of the Week honors the week of Jan. 8 for his performance against Indiana. Showe’s wins on the 1- and 3-meter boards were his first collegiate victories. He has not scored below third place in dual-meet action this year. Showe is the second Ohio State diver to win the award this year, marking the third time a Buckeye diver has been selected for the honor.

Kellen Harkness earned Big Ten Diver of the Week accolades the week of Nov. 27 for his performances against Purdue and Cleveland State. It was Harkness’ second time winning the award this season. The senior was then undefeated in dual meets on the 3-meter after winning the event against the Boilermakers and Vikings with the respective scores of 371.62 and 365.48. He also was the runner-up on the 3-meter at both dual meets. Harkness posted a score of 326.17 against Purdue and 330.60 against Cleveland.

Harkness’ earned his first career honor the week of Nov. 13 for his performances against Kenyon and Miami (Ohio). The Washington native posted his best score off the 3-meter vs. Kenyon when he won the event by 42 points (407.70) after winning the one-meter by 30 points (345.37). Harkness completed the sweep against Miami, winning the 1-meter (364.50) and the 3-meter (377.25).

The Buckeyes own a perfect 4-0 non-conference dual-meet record. Ohio State opened the season with a victory over Kenyon, 209-84, Nov. 10, at home, sweeping the Top 3 places in seven events. The men dominated the meet, opting to swim the last two events as exhibition. Joe Doyle, Daniel Malnik, Matthias Sigrist and Kellen Harkness all were double-event winners. George Markovic, Matt Voelker, Nate King and Mark Neiman were responsible for the team’s remaining individual wins.

The Buckeyes topped Miami (Ohio), 165-73, Nov. 11. Ohio State won every single event in the meet and again chose to swim the last two events as exhibition. Diver Kellen Harkness again posted two wins, giving him a then-undefeated record for the season.

Ohio State continued its winning streak on the road against Cleveland State, defeating the Viking, 161-79, Nov. 21. The men won 10 events against the Vikings. Joe Doyle picked up his second win of the season in the 100-yard butterfly and 50-yard freestyle. Ohio State recorded its fourth win in the 200-yard medley relay. Kellen Harkness also extended his then-undefeated record on the 3-meter when he won the event.

The Buckeyes closed their non-conference season by dominating Western Illinois, 120-79, Jan. 19. Ohio State swept the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard individual medley against the Westerwinds. The Buckeyes also won every event until they elected to swim the final two races as exhibition.

COACH Bill Wadley
Bill Wadley enters his 18th year as the men’s head swimming coach. He has compiled a record of 155-27 (.85) at the helm of the Buckeyes and a 176-37 (.826) overall record in 20 years as a college head coach.

Wadley has coached 13 Olympians and his teams have been ranked in the NCAA Top 25 for 13 of the past 17 seasons. Producing more than 30 world ranked swimmers in his coaching career, 13 of his student-athletes have reached the Olympic level.

A seasoned coach, Wadley has represented the United States on numerous occasions. He has coached the 1986 Olympic Festival and the 1988 and 1992 Gold Medal teams comprised of top non-collegiate swimmers in preparation for the Olympics. In 1991, Wadley coached the U.S. team at the World University Games and in 1993 was coach of the U.S. National Team training camp. Wadley was chosen to head men’s coach of the 1998 Goodwill Games team that broke seven Goodwill Games records

Most recently, Wadley was picked as an assistant coach for the 2007 World University Games and was elected president of the American Swimming Coaches Association in both 2005 and 2006.

Vince Panzano is in his 29th season as coach of the Ohio State men’s and women’s diving teams. Panzano, who was named the 2004 Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year for the eighth time in his career, has produced one world champion, one junior world champion, two Olympic medalists, 22 U.S. Diving champions, 10 NCAA champions, 14 NCAA runners-up, 46 Big Ten champions and 68 NCAA All-Americans.

The Buckeyes play host to the Big Ten championships at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Feb. 15-17. Athletes who qualify will advance to the NCAA championships in Minneapolis, Minn.

Ohio State was selected to play host to the 2010 Men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.