Oct. 24, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team defeated Cincinnati, 160-119, Friday evening in the squad’s season-opening dual at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes recorded the fastest time in 13 races, while earning the top score in both the one- and three-meter diving events.

The Buckeyes started the evening strong, with a sweep in the 200 medley relay. Behind swims from Andrew Appleby, DJ MacDonald, Matt McHugh and Josh Fleagle, Ohio State’s “A” relay claimed first in a time of 1:29.80. In the runner-up spot, the Buckeye squad of Connor McDonald, Jack Barone, Tamas Gercsak and Michael DiSalle earned a mark of 1:33.06.

With an exciting finish in the 1000 freestyle, freshman Brayden Seal outlasted Cincinnati’s Chris Bready to pick up the first win of his Buckeye career. Seal finished with a time of 9:17.68, while Bready followed closely in 9:17.83.

Sophomore Steffen Hillmer touched first in the 200 freestyle (1:38.81), just beating out teammate and runner-up finisher Rowan Williams. In the 100 backstroke, the Buckeyes once again came away with a sweep, with McHugh leading the way in a time of 49.57. 

Ohio State finished one-two in the 200 butterfly. Newcomer Ching Lim earned his first win as a Buckeye (1:51.85), while Gercsak, a senior this season, touched second with a time of 1:52.22. The 50 freestyle also went the Buckeyes’ favor with veterans Fleagle and DiSalle earning first and second in 20.20 and 20.71, respectively.

After a break in action, Fleagle returned with yet another strong performance, this time in the 100 freestyle. The St. Mary’s, Ohio, native posted a 44.36 in the 100 freestyle for the win.

In the 200 backstroke, Ohio State recorded the four-fastest times of the event. Williams earned first with a time of 1:48.92, while Appleby and Depietro followed in second and third, respectively. The Buckeyes followed it up in similar fashion with a repeat sweep in the 200 breaststroke. This time, MacDonald earned the win with a time of 2:01.96.

Distance specialist Jovan Mitrovic placed first in the 500 freestyle event, touching in 4:32.39.

The remainder of the meet Ohio State individual competitors raced in a non-scoring format. However, the team continued to contest at a high level. McHugh recorded the fastest time in the 100 butterfly (49.29) and Gercsak dropped a top-time of 1:53.66 in the 200 individual medley. 

In diving, senior standout Shane Miszkiel had a strong season-opener, earning the highest point total in both the one-meter (350.95) and three-meter (364.90).

Ohio State Men’s Swimming and Diving
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion – Columbus, Ohio
Oct. 24, 2014

Team Scores:
Ohio State 160, Cincinnati 119

Top Buckeye Scores: 200 Medley Relay – 1. Appleby, MacDonald, McHugh, Fleagle(1:29.80); 1000 Freestyle – 1. Seal (9:17.68); 200 Freestyle – 1. Hillmer (1:38.81); 100 Backstroke – 1. McHugh (49.57); 100 Breaststroke – 1. MacDonald (55.08); 200 Butterfly – 1. Lim (1:51.85); 50 Freestyle – 1. Fleagle (20.20); 100 Freestyle – 1. Fleagle (44.36); 200 Backstroke – 1. Williams (1:48.92); 200 Breaststroke – 1. MacDonald (2:01.96); 500 Freestyle – 1. Mitrovic (4:32.39).