Nov. 21, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following the first day of competition at the ninth-annual Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational, the Buckeyes hold a firm lead with 437.5 points secured Friday evening. Wisconsin ranks second with 249 points, followed by Kenyon (142) and Kentucky (128). Hosted at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, the invite resumes Saturday with preliminary races set to begin at 8:30 a.m. and finals scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start time. 

The Buckeyes started the evening strong with a first- and third-place showing in the 200 freestyle relay. Ohio State’s grouping of Josh Fleagle, Matt McHugh, Thomas Trace and Michael DiSalle earned the top spot with a 1:19.50, while Nick Brodie, Steffen Hillmer, Andrew Appleby and Vladislav Komarov followed in 1:22.01.

Rookie Brayden Seal picked up a win in the 500 freestyle with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:19.82. Buckeyes Joey Long and Alex Osterhage also earned a spot in the championship final, placing sixth and eighth, respectively.

In the 200 individual, Ohio State recorded two more NCAA ‘B’ cut times. Senior Tamas Gercsak posted his consideration time with a first-place finish in 1:46.08. Gercsak’s classmate Steven Zimmerman took second with a time of 1:46.95.

After breaking the 20-second barrier in prelims of the 50 freestyle, Fleagle continued dominating the event with a 19.60 in finals. The St. Mary’s, Ohio native placed first for the Buckeyes, while McHugh, DiSalle and Trace also dropped top-five finishes. 

In the one-meter diving competition, Buckeye Stephen Ettienne placed sixth with a final score of 355.45.

Ohio State rounded out the meet, finishing first in the 400 medley relay. The ‘A’ crew of Zimmerman, DJ MacDonald McHugh and Fleagle touched in a time of 3:11.08. 

Ohio State Men’s Swimming and Diving
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion – Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 21, 2014

Team Standings:
1. Ohio State – 437.5
2. Wisconsin – 249
3. Kenyon – 142
4. Kentucky – 128
5. Purdue – 41.5
6. Miami – 37
7. Virginia – 35

Top Buckeye Finishes: 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).