COLUMBUS, Ohio – The nationally ranked and 5-0 Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team will travel to West Lafayette, Ind. for its first road test of the year at the Purdue Invitational. This will be a championship-format meet with prelims and finals each day. The meet will take place Friday through Sunday at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.

Ohio State 22nd-year head coach Bill Wadley always likes the excitement that a championship-format meet provides. Whether a swimmer or diver is a veteran or a rookie, the meet will provide learning experiences for everyone.

“It’s exciting to be swimming in a three-day meet that runs its preliminaries and final events in the same order as the NCAA championships and for the most part the Big Ten championships,” Wadley, the 2010 Big Ten Coach of the Year, said. “The meet will allow our guys to get a really good sense of how the championship meets run.

“And for our upperclassmen, it’s a reminder and a review. For our first-timers, it’s a big deal. It’s a three-day, intense competition where they will have to be on the ball and on the mark in all six sessions. They’ll have to attack. It will be fun and it will be a great challenge.”

Phillips Named Big Ten Swimmer of Week

Sophomore Tim Phillips will enter the Purdue Invite as the Big Ten Conference’s Swimmer of the Week. This is the first weekly award for Phillips and second of the year for Ohio State. Zach Holmes was named honored by the conference for his efforts in the team’s season-opening win over Kenyon.

Phillips captured top honors against Tennessee in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly and he was also part of the team’s winning 200 medley relay. His 200 freestyle time of 1:37.84 is an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

Six-Team Field

There will be five other men’s teams competing at the Purdue Invitational in addition to Ohio State, including:

Cincinnati – The Bearcats are 0-3 on the season and most recently were defeated by Big East foes Pittsburgh and West Virginia in their home pool. They also lost the annual Crosstown Splashdown to Xavier University in their first meet. Cincinnati finished 20th at last year’s NCAA championships.

No. 19 Louisville The Cardinals are the defending Purdue Invitational champions. They are 2-1 on the year with their only loss coming in Knoxville to the Tennessee Volunteers, a team the Buckeyes defeated last week 151-149. Louisville is undefeated in the Big East, having defeated West Virginia and Pittsburgh. The team finished 21st at the 2010 NCAA championships.

Missouri State – Formerly Southeast Missouri State University, Missouri State is 2-2 on the season with wins coming at the hands of Lindenwood and Truman State. The Bears finished 3rd in the Mid-American Conference championships last year. Missouri State finished fourth at the Purdue Invite last year.

Southern Illinois – The Salukis have posted a 2-2 record on the year. Both of their losses have come to Big Ten teams with Michigan State and Illinois defeats last week. The Salukis finished fifth in last year’s MAC championships.

No. 21 Purdue – The Boilermakers are 4-0 on the season. The squad has already defeated one Big Ten team, Northwestern. Purdue finished fourth at the Big Ten championships last year and 13th at last year’s NCAA championships.

Live Meet Scoring

Visit or link here for a link to the live results of all the sessions of the Purdue Invitational. 

Order of Events

The Purdue invitational will feature a three-day preliminaries (morning) and finals (evening) format. The events will alter between men’s and women’s races.

Friday Finals

  • 200 free relay
  • 500 freestyle
  • 200 IM
  • 50 freestyle
  • 1-meter diving (men)
  • 3-meter diving (women)
  • 400 medley relay

Saturday Finals

  • 200 medley relay
  • 400 IM
  • 100 butterfly
  • 200 freestyle
  • 100 breaststroke
  • 100 backstroke
  • 1-meter diving (women)
  • 3-meter diving (men)
  • 800 free relay

Sunday Finals

  • 10-meter diving (noon start)
  • 1,650 freestyle
  • 200 backstroke
  • 100 freestyle
  • 200 breaststroke
  • 200 butterfly
  • 400 free relay

Ohio State to Date

Ohio State picked up its fourth and fifth wins of the year last Friday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes defeated Miami 144-79 and No. 15 Tennessee 151-149. The two wins kept the Buckeyes undefeated on the year. The meets were held back-to-back, the first-time in coach Bill Wadley’s coaching career he has scheduled a doubleheader, or should we say double-bulkheader?

Lose the Battle but Win the War

Heading into the final race against Tennessee, Ohio State led the Vols, 146-138. Knowing 151 points would win the meet, Wadley decided to split his 400 freestyle relay in an effort to take two of the three scoring places because he was unsure how the relay would fare against Tennessee’s rested bunch. Tennessee won the relay but the Buckeyes’ went two-three to gain the points needed for a huge dual meet win.

“Best Dual of the Year”

Wadley had high praise after the Tennessee meet.

“This was the best college dual meet in America this year,” Wadley said. “It was an outstanding meet. One complete side of the pool was packed. I’m not sue I’ve seen that many people here for a single dual meet. Everyone was pumped and every race was hotly contested.”

Butterfly Power

The two butterfly events were significant in the win over Tennessee as the Buckeyes finished 1-2-3 in both the 100 and 200. Quincy Lee hit an NCAA “B” cut with his first-place time of 1:47.85 in the 200. Luke Stirton and Bobby Jenrow were second and third, respectively. Tim Phillips, Lee and Luke Stirton followed with the sweep in the 100.

Wadley was proud of his senior leader, Lee, after the meet.

“Quincy Lee’s 200 butterfly was very special,” Wadley said. “He is really coming along in that event.”

First Victories

A bunch of Buckeyes picked up their first individual race wins of the year vs. Miami: freshman senior Tom O’Neil (1000 and 500 freestyle), freshman Jacob Schuster (200 freestyle), sophomore Jason Schnur (50 freestyle), senior Bobby Jenrow (200 IM), junior Marshall Farrell (100 butterfly) and freshman Brett Boston (100 backstroke).

Whew! O’Neil Swims 1.1 Miles

With his victories in the 1000 and 500 freestyle events in the 3 p.m. meet against Miami, coupled with another 500 freestyle swim in the 5:30 p.m. meet against Tennessee, Tom O’Neil swam 1.1 miles in the two meets last Friday. Whew!

More on Big Ten Coach of the Year Bill Wadley

Bill Wadley, the 2010 Big Ten Coach of the Year, is in his 22nd year at Ohio State and he has an Ohio State dual meet record of 191-34. He has coached 15 Olympians and his teams have been ranked in the NCAA Top 25 for 18 of the past 21 seasons. Buckeye swimmers and divers have qualified for the NCAA championships in 19 of Wadley’s 21 years as coach. Wadley has also produced more than 35 world ranked swimmers.

Diving Coach Vince Panzano

Vince Panzano is in his 33rd year as coach at his alma mater. He has produced one world champion, one junior world champion, two Olympic medalists, 23 U.S. diving champions, 12 NCAA champions, 16 NCAA runners-up, 54 Big Ten champions and 86 All-Americans. Panzano also has coached Ohio State and McDonald’s Diving to six national team titles. He has had divers on five of the last six Olympic Teams.