Sept. 12, 2012

The Buckeyes are back in action after a busy summer of off-season swimming. From the U.S. Olympic Trials in July to the U.S. Open in August, members of the men’s swimming and diving team have traveled around the country representing The Ohio State University.

Now the contingent returns home to McCorkle to usher in a new era of Buckeye swimming. After losing some prominent leadership to graduation last season, head coach Bill Wadley is on the lookout for a fresh, reinvigorated group of team leaders.

“So far we have been working on our leadership development and team building,” Wadley said. “The team has done a high ropes course and other leadership initiatives.”

The group also received a visit from Ohio State’s top leader, university president E. Gordon Gee. President Gee even took time to pose for a few photos during practice.

Buckeyes by the numbers:

3 – Members of the 200m freestyle relay – Zach Holmes, Jason Schnur and Zach Birnbrich – will return this season for a shot at dropping their    already impressive school record time of 1:17.70
4 – Number of freshmen ranked among the Top 10 swimmers in the state of Ohio by Josh Fleagle leads the pack arriving at Ohio State as the Buckeye state’s No. 1 recruit.
9 – Consecutive seasons Ohio State has qualified for the NCAA championships
13 – Number of men’s swimmers and divers who received degrees in 2011-12
14  – Number of freshmen swimmers who will join the Buckeyes this season
15   – Number of All-America honors earned between two new members of the Ohio State coaching staff. Dave Rollins joins the program as an assistant coach; bringing his experience as a NCAA champion and nine-time All-American at the University of Arizona. Also joining the staff will be recent Ohio State graduate Andrew Elliott, who will volunteer while pursuing a master’s degree in sports management.
20  – Number of Top 20 finishes at the NCAA championships under Bill Wadley.
28  – Total number of current, incoming or former OSU men’s swimmers invited to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials this past summer.
30 – Members of the team hail from the great state of Ohio. Other states represented are: Texas (3); Indiana (3); Kentucky (2); Arizona (1); Nebraska (1); Connecticut (1); New Jersey (1); South Carolina (1); Florida (1); West Virginia (1); Wisconsin (1); Michigan (1); Oregon (1). There are also four international student-athletes
205 – Total number of wins Bill Wadley has acquired at Ohio State.