Nov. 16, 2006

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The No. 14 Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team will host No. 18 Purdue at 5 p.m. Friday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion before traveling to swim Cleveland State at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The Buckeyes have compiled a 2-0 record with wins against Kenyon and Miami (Ohio).

Ohio State defeated the Lords 209-84, Nov. 10, at home, sweeping the Top 3 places in seven events. The men dominated the meet, opting to swim the last two events as exhibition. Joe Doyle, Daniel Malnik, Matthias Sigrist and Kellen Harkness all were double-event winners. George Markovic, Matt Voelker, Nate King and Mark Neiman were responsible for the team’s remaining individual wins.

The Buckeyes came back Saturday to top Miami (Ohio), 165-73. Ohio State won every single event in the meet and again chose to swim the last two events as exhibition. Diver Kellen Harkness again posted two wins, giving him an undefeated record at this point in the season.

Kellen Harkness earned Big Ten Diver of the Week accolades this week for his performances against Kenyon and Miami (Ohio). The senior posted his best score off the 3-meter vs. Kenyon when he won the event by 42 points (407.70) after winning the one-meter by 30 points (345.37). Harkness completed the sweep against Miami with scores of 364.50 off the 1-meter and 377.25 off the 3-meter. This is Harkness’ first career honor and also the first for Ohio State this season.

The men started the season off faster than ever, breaking nine meet records at the intra-squad comepetition. The men set records in two relays and seven more individual events. Veterans R.J. Lemyre, Joe Doyle, Matthias Sigrist, Fellipe Travesso and Daniel Novak set five individual records while freshmen Mark Neiman and Geroge Markovic were responsible for the remaining two.

Freshman Mark Neiman set an Ohio State record in the first competition of the year at the Scarlet and Gray meet with a time of 9:14.72 in the 1,000-yard freestyle. His event-winning time was 19 seconds under the previous meet record (9:33.49) and two seconds under the previous team record (9:16.02).

Ohio State opened their dual-meet season at the No. 14 spot on the College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll. The ranking is based on dual-meet performance. Six Big Ten teams are ranked in the Top 25. New rankings will be released next week.

Dan Ross returned for his 22nd season as head coach of the Boilermakers. During his stint at Purdue he has produced 15 Big Ten champions. Last season, the Boilermakers finished 16th at the NCAA championships and sixth in the Big Ten.

This year he returns four NCAA qualifiers The Boilermakers enter the dual with Ohio State at the No. 18 spot on the CSCAA poll with a 4-3 (1-1 Big Ten) record. Purdue is coming off of two consecutive days of dual-meet action. On Nov. 10, Purdue played host to four teams, beating two of them. The next day, Nov. 11, the Boilermakers came back to defeat three of the teams, losing only to No. 9 Georgia.

The Buckeyes and the Boilermakers last competed in West Lafayette, Ind., Nov. 21-23, 2003 at the Purdue Invitational. Ohio State finished sixth at the three-day meet with 302 points, while Purdue won the invite with 736 points.

Viking head coach Wally Morton returned for his 26th season. While at Cleveland State, Morton has coached the men to nine Penn-Ohio championships. Last year the Vikings won the Horizon League championship.

The Vikings enter the meet with a 7-1 record. Cleveland State won all of their dual meets until they swam Wright State Nov. 11. The Vikings fell to the Raiders, 121-112. Cleveland State will break from action this weekend before meeting the Buckeyes Tuesday in Cleveland for what will be both teams last dual-meet of the fall season.

Ohio State and Cleveland last met Nov. 22, 2005 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes won 11 of the 13 events to defeat the Vikings, 141-95. Matt Voelker and Joe Doyle recorded double event wins at the meet. R.J. Lemyre, Nate King and Kellen Harkness also picked up individual wins.

This year’s schedule will provide many challenges for Ohio State. The season will open with three dual-meets at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The team will compete against its first conference opponent in the first month of competition with a meet against Purdue, Nov. 17. The Buckeyes will wrap up the dual-meet season in January with three home conference meets and three away meets.

The Buckeyes will take a break from the dual-meet season to host the second annual Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational, Dec. 1-3. Post-season action will begin in February when Ohio State hosts the 2007 Big Ten Championships. The divers will travel to Michigan to compete at the NCAA zone qualifying meet, March 2-4. The season will culminate at the NCAA championships in Minneapolis, Minn., March 15-17.

“We are so excited to have a chance to swim the Big Ten championships in our pool,” Wadley said. “We would really hope that this experience for our team will be a memorable moment.

COACH Bill Wadley
Bill Wadley enters his 18th year as the men’s head swimming coach. He has compiled a record of 155-27 (.85) at the helm of the Buckeyes and a 176-37 (.826) overall record in 20 years as a college head coach.

Wadley has coached 13 Olympians and his teams have been ranked in the NCAA Top 25 for 13 of the past 17 seasons. Producing more than 30 world ranked swimmers in his coaching career, 13 of his student-athletes have reached the Olympic level.

A seasoned coach, Wadley has represented the United States on numerous occasions. He has coached the 1986 Olympic Festival and the 1988 and 1992 Gold Medal teams comprised of top non-collegiate swimmers in preparation for the Olympics. In 1991, Wadley coached the U.S. team at the World University Games and in 1993 was coach of the U.S. National Team training camp. Wadley was chosen to head men’s coach of the 1998 Goodwill Games team that broke seven Goodwill Games records.

Most recently, Wadley was picked as an assistant coach for the 2007 World University Games and was elected president of the American Swimming Coaches Association in both 2005 and 2006.

Vince Panzano is in his 29th season as coach of the Ohio State men’s and women’s diving teams. Panzano, who was named the 2004 Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year for the eighth time in his career, has produced one world champion, one junior world champion, two Olympic medalists, 22 U.S. Diving champions, 10 NCAA champions, 14 NCAA runners-up, 46 Big Ten champions and 68 NCAA All-Americans.

The meet against Cleveland State marks the end of the Buckeye’s fall dual-meet season. The men will break for Thanksgiving before returning to host several teams from around the country in the second annual Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational, Dec. 1-3. Teams attending include Notre Dame, South Carolina, Denver, Utah, Minnesota and Iowa.