January 13, 1999

After a two-week training period, the Ohio State Buckeyes return to action on Sat. Jan. 16 for a meet against the Kenyon College Lords at 1:00 p.m. at the Peppe Aquatic Center. The Buckeyes are off to a very strong start on the season, holding a perfect 5-0 record as they head into the new year. The hardest part of the season awaits the team, however, for after the match against Kenyon, the team is at home the following weekend against Cincinnati. Last year the Bearcats defeated Ohio State. Then, the team heads into Big Ten competition as well as faces stiff challenges from non-conference foes.

The Buckeyes won their fourth consecutive meet, defeating Kenyon 132-68 in Columbus on Jan. 17, 1998. Ohio State took first in all 11 races. Leading the squad were Kevin Kling and Christopher Mills. Kling won the 50 freestyle with a time of :21.29 and the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:07.43. Mills also took first in two races and was part of the winning 800 freestyle relay. He won both the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle and was the second leg of the winning 800 freestyle relay.

Olympic gold medalist Josh Davis and Worlds Fastest Man Bill Pilczuk will be the featured guests at a swimming clinic for all ages on Fri. and Sat., Jan. 15-16 at the Peppe Aquatic Center. Davis and Pilczuk are expected to take the swimmers through drills and demonstrate the proper swimming technique used by the Worlds best. They will also give a motivational talk, sign autographs and answer questions for the swimmers. The pair will divide their time during the two-day clinic, with Davis leading the discussion and drills on Fri. and Pilczuk leading the swimmers on Sat. Davis won three gold medals in the 1996 Olympic Games and set three American records at the U.S. Open. Pilczuk is the world champion in the 50 meter freestyle beating the Olympic gold medalist Alecander Popov at the World Championships in Perth, Australia.

The Buckeyes capped off a successful winter training trip by sweeping Northwestern in the San Diego Relays.

Buckeye Jason Fox was selected as the Big Ten Web Athlete of the Week for Dec. 28, 1998.

The latest rankings from the Big Ten have several Buckeyes ranked quite high within the Conference. By no coincidence, the team is ranked 21st in the nation in the latest poll from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

The Buckeyes will enjoy two weekends of a home advantage when they swim Kenyon this weekend and Cincinnati the following weekend.