Aug. 3, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior Joe Doyle swam the third fastest time in the 100-meter butterfly in preliminary competition Thursday at the USA Senior National Championships in Irvine, Calif.

Doyle, who is from Centerburg, Ohio (Centerburg), set an Ohio State Swim Club long-course record with a time of 53.20 seconds and qualified third for the final Thursday night behind Ian Crocker (52.20) and Michael Phelps (52.53). Phelps won the 2004 Olympic gold medal in Athens, Greece, while Crocker won silver.

In other action Thursday, Matt Voelker (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) represented the Ohio State Swim Club by qualifying 11th in the preliminary of the 50-meter freestyle. His time of 23.03 also was the club long-course record.

The top performers not only will be national champions, but will represent the United States on a global level as part of Team USA headed for one or more of the following meets: 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships, 2007 FINA World Championships, 2007 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool, 2007 World University Games and 2007 Pan American Games.

Ohio State swimmers Robert Lemyre (Sr., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) and Nate King (Sr., Youngstown, Ohio/Warren Harding) also are competing at the USA Senior National Championships for the Ohio State Swim Club. The meet continues through Saturday at the William Woolett Jr. Aquatic Center in Irvine. Results are available at