Nov. 22, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team put together another impressive showing Saturday at the ninth-annual Ohio State Invitational, posting a team score of 1068.5 after two days of competition. Wisconsin holds onto the runner-up spot in the team standings, trailing the Buckeyes by 491 points. Competition will resume at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Sunday with prelims scheduled for 9 a.m. and finals slated for 3 p.m.

“The thing I’m most proud of is our teamwork,” head swimming coach Bill Wadley said. “Our teamwork was excellent both tonight and last night. Obviously you always want to swim faster, but we have been swimming well. The guys have really given a good effort. However, the best part has been the teamwork.”

Ohio State opened the evening with a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay. The grouping of Steven Zimmerman, DJ MacDonald, Matt McHugh and Josh Fleagle posted a time of 1:26.77, earning 40 points toward the Scarlet and Gray total. The Buckeyes also took third in the event, picking up another 32 points.

Moving on to the 400 individual medley, Dimitry Dolgov dropped an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 3:51.32 for the runner-up spot. Buckeye Jovan Mitrovic also earned an NCAA provisional qualifying time with a 3:51.32 for third in the event. McHugh followed it up with a victory in the 100 butterfly. His time of 47.71 added yet another NCAA ‘B’ time for the Scarlet and Gray.

Ohio State dominated in the 200 freestyle, claiming the top-four spots. Senior Michael DiSalle earned the win with a time of 1:35.37, while Fleagle (1:35.52), Steffen Hillmer (1:36.93) and Rowan Williams (1:36.99) followed in second through fourth. Each time recorded was an NCAA ‘B’ qualifier.

In the 100 breaststroke, the Buckeyes continued to roll with eight swimmers in the championship final. MacDonald led the pack in 53.82 for the win, while rookie Jack Barone took third in 54.27. Once again, both were NCAA provisional qualifying marks.

McHugh brought home the 100 backstroke with an NCAA ‘B’ time of 47.44, while Zimmerman followed closely in second in a time of 47.55. The win was McHugh’s second individual victory of the evening. 

Ohio State Men’s Swimming and Diving
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion – Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 22, 2014

Team Standings:
1. Ohio State – 1068.5
2. Wisconsin – 577.5
3. Kentucky – 333.5
4. Kenyon – 276
5. Purdue – 85.5
6. Virginia – 66
7. Miami – 65

Top Buckeye Finishes
Day Two:  200 Medley Relay – 1. Zimmerman, MacDonald, McHugh, Fleagle (1:26.77); 400 IM – 2. Dolgov (3:51.32); 100 Fly – 1. McHugh (47.72); 200 Free – 1. DiSalle (1:35.37); 100 Breaststroke – 1. MacDonald (53.82); 100 Backstroke – 1. McHugh (47.44); 800 Free Relay – 1. DiSalle, Hillmer, Williams, Fleagle (6:28.90); 3-Meter Dive – 4. Ettienne (379.75).

Day One: 200 Free Relay – 1. Fleagle, McHugh, Trace, DiSalle (1:19.50); 500 Free – 1. Seal (4:19.82); 200 IM – 1. Gercsak (1:46.08); 50 Free – 1.Fleagle (19.60); 400 Medley Relay – 1. Zimmerman, MacDonald, McHugh, Fleagle (3:11.08); 1-Meter Dive – 6. Ettienne (355.45).