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Feb. 27, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior Josh Fleagle and sophomore Matt McHugh captured Big Ten titles to headline Ohio State’s efforts on the third day of the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Iowa City, Iowa. The Buckeyes rank second in the team standings with 448 points, while Michigan maintains a first-place standing (529). The final day of the conference showcase is scheduled Saturday with prelims at 11 a.m. CT/12 p.m. ET and finals commence at 6:30 p.m. CT/7:30 p.m. ET.

Fleagle, who hails from St. Mary’s, Ohio, was crowned the conference’s champion in the 200 freestyle. Touching in an Ohio State record time of 1:33.16, Fleagle also earned an automatic qualification for the NCAA championships. The last Buckeye to earn a Big Ten title in the event was Jason Schnur in 2012.

Ohio State’s second champion of the evening was standout Matt McHugh. Winning the 100 butterfly in an NCAA `A’ cut time of 45.75, McHugh extended the Buckeyes’ dominance in the event, after former team member Tim Phillips captured the title last season.

Senior Michael DiSalle took sixth in the 200 freestyle, with a season-best time of 1:34.62. Competing in the consolation final was freshman Brayden Seal, who was 12th with another season-best mark for the Buckeyes, 1:36.30. In prelims of the 100 butterfly, Peter Lyon posted a season-best time of 48.44.

Another Buckeye, DJ MacDonald, set an Ohio State record in the 100 breaststroke. MacDonald lowered his own school record with a finals time of 52.43. The Toledo, Ohio, native earned third in the event, contributing 16 points toward Ohio State’s total. Freshman Jack Barone swam to a season-best time of 53.98 in prelims, before placing 14th in the consolation final in 54.20. Also qualifying for finals was Keanu Stevenson, who captured a season-best 54.32 in prelims as well as a 54.77 in finals (19th).

The Buckeye diving contingent had another solid showing, with senior Stephen Ettienne, senior Shane Miszkiel and freshman Stephen Romanik qualifying for the championship final of the 3-meter event. Ettienne recorded his second Top 3 standing of the meet, placing third with a finals score of 462.50. Miszkiel earned sixth with a score of 407.10 and Romanik reported a 380.20 for eighth. All three divers improved their scores in finals.

Ohio State had three representatives in the championship final of 400 individual medley – Tamas Gercsak, Chris DePietro and Dimitry Dolgov. Gercsak dropped a season-best time of 4:46.30 for fifth, while Depietro claimed sixth in a finals time of 3:49.27. Dolgov rounded out the crew with a seventh-place touch in 3:49.27. Depietro and Dolgov also had strong showings in prelims, registering season-best marks of 3:48.08 and 3:47.84, respectively. Rookie Ching Hwang Lim competed in the consolation final and recorded a season-best time of 3:49.45 for 12th.

The 100 backstroke event was also cluttered with Buckeyes, as five team members added points. McHugh, who earned third in a season-best time of 46.37, led the field, while senior Steven Zimmerman followed in fifth with a time of 46.60, a season best. In the consolation final, freshman Thomas Trace placed 11th in 47.65, senior Connor McDonald claimed 12th in 47.71 and sophomore Andrew Appleby finished 14th in 47.80. All three Buckeyes – Trace (47.62), McDonald (47.43) and Appleby (47.43) – dropped season-best times in prelims.

In the 200 freestyle relay, the Buckeye quartet of Fleagle, McHugh, Thomas Trace and Michael DiSalle placed third. With a time of 1:18.09, the group topped their seed time by a full second.

Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Diving Results (Friday): 3-Meter – 1. Indiana (494.60), 3. Ettienne – OSU (462.50).

Diving Results (Thursday): 1-Meter – 1. Indiana (474.45), 3. Ettienne – OSU (399.15).

Race Results (Friday): 200 Free Relay – 1. Michigan (1:16.80), 3. Fleagle, McHugh, Trace, DiSalle – OSU (1:18.09); 400 IM – 1. Michigan (3:40.61), 5. Gercsak – OSU (3:46.30); 100 Fly – 1. McHugh – OSU (45.75); 200 Free – 1. Fleagle – OSU (1:33.16); 100 Breast – 1. Michigan (51.83), 3. MacDonald – OSU (52.43); 100 Back – 1. Penn State (45.54), 3. McHugh – OSU (46.37).

Race Results (Thursday): 50 Free – 1. Michigan (19.30), 7. Fleagle – OSU (19.76); 500 Free – 1. Wisconsin (4:14.00), 7. Seal – OSU (4:18.51); 200 IM – 1. Michigan (1:41.93), 6. Zimmerman – OSU (1:44.75); 400 Medley Relay – 1. Michigan (3:04.92), 2. McDonald, MacDonald, McHugh, DiSalle – OSU (3:07.80)

Race Results (Wednesday): 200 Medley Relay -1. Michigan (1:23.47), 2. Zimmerman, MacDonald, McHugh, Fleagle – OSU (1:25.18); 800 Free Relay – 1. Michigan (6:12.20), 4. Lim, Fleagle, Seal, Williams – OSU (6:22.65).

Ohio State Records: 200 IM – Zimmerman (1:44.75).200 Free – Fleagle (1:33.16), 100 Breast – MacDonald (52.43).