Jan. 12, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following a huge weekend for the Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team, the Buckeyes will hit the road Saturday to take on the Ohio University Bobcats. The Buckeyes return from a weekend of back-to-back wins against Wright State and Indiana. They will try to keep their record flawless as they begin to look towards the Big Ten championship.

Ohio State Doubles Its Pleasure
Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team took back-to-back wins when it defeated Wright State and Indiana last Friday and Saturday. During the Wright State meet, Buckeye Senior Rob Kauscher set a lifetime-best time in the 200-breaststroke, clocking in at 2:02.62.

In the Big Ten season opener against Indiana every race came down to the touch. The Buckeyes out-touched the No. 13 Hoosiers enough to win 130-114. Tommy Seay reached the wall first for the seventh time this season in the 100-yard freestyle. Other event winners included Gary Grant in the 50-yard freestyle, Marty Tomes in the 100-yard butterfly and Kauscher for a win in the 100-yard breaststroke.

A Look at The Bobcats
The Ohio University Bobcats enter the meet with a 0-3 record in dual meets. The Bobcats placed sixth of eight at the Akron Invitational Dec. 5, recording many season best times. Junior Donald Jupp has helped the Bobcats in the sprint freestyle events, winning the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events. In the diving well the Bobcats also have done well, with senior Richard Wade placing first on the 1-meter event.

Last Time vs. Ohio
The last time the Buckeyes met the Bobcats on Jan. 3, 2004, the Buckeyes came out victorious, 153-82. The Buckeyes swept all 13 events, with then-junior Tommy Seay winning the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events which included a lifetime-best time of 20.81 in the 50-yard freestyle. The Buckeyes had 1-2-3 finishes in eight events, including the 50-, 100- and 500-yard freestyle, the 200-yard individual medley, the 100-yard backstroke, the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Buckeyes Dominate Denison
The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team preserved its unbeaten streak defeating the Denison Big Red 150-96 on Nov. 19. The men won every event of the meet. Tommy Seay won the 100-yard freestyle for the fifth time in as many meets in a time of 46.11. The team also had two multiple-event winners. Nick Keene won the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle events, while Gary Grant won in the 100-yard butterfly and the 50-yard freestyle. Other winners of the meet included Nate King in the 400-yard individual medley, R.J. Lemyre won in the 200-yard backstroke, Marty Tomes won the 200-yard butterfly, Matt Jefferies won in the 100-yard breaststroke, and Joe Doyle won in the 200-yard freestyle.

Buckeyes Win Double-Dual
The team defeated Louisville and West Virginia to claim both ends of a double-dual meet Nov. 12 in Louisville, Ky. The Buckeyes defeated Louisville 178-63, and downed West Virginia 164.5-78.5.

Nate King was the only double-event winner in the pool, touching the wall first in the 200-yard backstroke and in the 500-yard freestyle, which were contested back-to-back. Seniors Tommy Seay and Rob Kauscher were the other individual winners, taking the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard breaststroke, respectively. The 400-yard freestyle relay team also posted the win, in a time of 3:05.53.

Buckeye divers swept the Top 4 slots in the diving events with Mitch Richeson winning both events. Nick Hanneman, Kellen Harkness and Marc Dreyer placed second, third and fourth in the 1-meter, while in the 3-meter it was Harkness, Dreyer and then Hanneman behind Richeson.

Buckeyes Cruise Past Cincinnati
Ohio State defeated Cincinnati in its home opener Nov. 6 at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center. Tommy Seay claimed two events for the second time that week, taking the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard individual medley with times of 20.95 and 46.13, respectively. Rob Kauscher placed first in the 200-yard breaststroke event for the second time in as many days, and also took the 100-yard breaststroke.

Gary Grant placed first in the 100-yard butterfly, Nate King took the 500-yard freestyle and Ryan Sciortino won the 1,000-yard freestyle. Daniel Novak won the 200-yard butterfly in an exciting race that came down to the very last stroke.

Buckeyes Defeat Miami
The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team kicked off the season with a 139-97 victory over Miami (Ohio) Nov. 5. The team won in 11 of the 13 events of the meet.

Tommy Seay claimed two events, winning the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley with times of 46.11 and 1:53.59, respectively. The team also swept the first three spots in the 1,000-yard freestyle and the first four spots in the 200-yard individual medley. Rob Kauscher placed first in the 200-yard breaststroke event in an exhibition timed race.

The underclassmen had a strong showing with wins in four events. Jason Adler won the 1,000-yard freestyle, Joe Doyle took the 200-yard freestyle, Gary Grant placed first in the 50-yard freestyle and Daniel Novak won the 200-yard backstroke.

The diving squad also made an impact, taking first and second in the 1-meter and the first three spots in the 3-meter event. Mitch Richeson won the 1-meter event with a score of 343.30. Kellen Harkness won the 3-meter event with a score of 333.30.

Alumni Meet
The annual alumni meet was held Oct. 23 for the last time in the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center. Former Ohio State swimmers and divers were invited to take a last dip in the pool before the team moves into the new Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Center. Former Olympians, NCAA champions and Ohio State record holders returned to tour the new pool and enjoy some races in the old one. Following the meet a silent auction was held to benefit the new Hall of Fame foyer.

Scarlet and Gray Meet
The Buckeyes competed in their annual Scarlet vs. Gray intrasquad meet Oct. 22. Nathan King was the only dual-winner of the night with wins in the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley.

Coach Bill Wadley
Bill Wadley enters his 16th year as the men’s head swimming coach. He has compiled a record of 135-24 (.849) at the helm of the Buckeyes and a 159-34 (.823) overall career record. Wadley has coached 13 Olympians and his teams have been ranked in the NCAA Top 20 for 11 of the past 16 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.

Most recently, Wadley was the head men’s coach of the 1998 Goodwill Games team that broke seven Goodwill Games records.

About Coach Panzano
Vince Panzano is in his 27th year 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, 43 Big Ten champions and 66 NCAA All-Americans.

Up Next
The Buckeyes will return to the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center Jan. 28 to play host to Michigan State at 5 p.m. The team will then come back to play host to Michigan at 1 p.m. on Jan. 29.