COLUMBUS, Ohio The 11th-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 142-112 win over Cincinnati Friday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Junior Mark Neiman and sophomore Philip Seleskie won two individual races apiece to lead the Buckeyes.

“I was really happy for Philip and it’s a good sign that he’s getting into race shape,” Ohio State coach Bill Wadley said. “Mark Neiman displayed some real toughness for us by being able to swim both distance races [500-yard and 1000 freestyles, respectively] and he really did a solid job on them.”

Ohio State kicked off the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay. For the second consecutive week, the team of Andrew Elliott, Felipe Travesso, Andrew Bretscher and Joel Elber took first to spark the Buckeyes to an early lead.

A Neiman-Stefan Sigrist-Alex Chen-Ryan Stoneburg 1-2-3-4 sweep in the second event, the 1000 freestyle, extended Ohio State’s lead to a comfortable 33-3 and the team would power toward its second win of the season from that point.

A second 1-2-3-4 Ohio State finish followed in the 200 freestyle with Andrew Olson winning in 1:41.44.

Seleskie and fellow sophomore Andrew Misich went 1-2, respectively, in the 100 backstroke and Travesso and Elliott Keefer led a 1-2-3-4 Ohio State sweep in the 100 breaststroke to increase the lead to 78-15. Travesso has two wins in two tries this season in the 100 breaststroke.

Matthias Sigrist gave the Buckeyes an even 20 consecutive victories to start the season when he touched first in the 200 butterfly in 1:52.70. But the streak ended there as UC standout sprinter Josh Schneider, a 2008 Big East champion and a semifinalist in the event at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials this summer, won in 20.28.

That race was the midway point of the meet with Ohio State holding a 103-28 lead.

Schneider rested through the break and then came right back to, impressively, score a win in the 100 freestyle in 45:52, edging Ohio State’s Elber for the second consecutive race.

Not to be outdone in the wins department, Ohio State’s Seleskie picked up his second win of the evening with a time of 1:51.29 in the 200 backstroke. Seleskie’s win led a top four sweep for the Buckeyes.  

After UC’s Jeremy Peter won the 200 breaststroke, Neiman matched Seleskie with his second individual win with a 4:33.63 time in the 500 freestyle. Quincy Lee’s victory in the 100 butterfly followed in 49.85.

“Lee’s and Andrew Bretscher’s 100 butterfly swims were really good for this point of the season, being under 50 seconds,” Wadley said.

Peter doubled up with a win in the 200 individual medley before the final event of the night, the 200 free relay, was won by the Ohio State team of Elber, Bretscher, Yannick Van Heers and Lincoln Fahrbach.

Swimming and diving action returns to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion November 14 when the Buckeyes take on Miami University. The co-ed dual meet with the Ohio State and Miami women’s teams and featuring the debut of the powerful Ohio State diving teams, begins at 5 p.m. 

Men’s Swimming
Friday, Nov. 7, 2008
Columbus, Ohio
Team Scores: 1. Ohio State 142; 2. Cincinnati 112
Event Winners: 200 medley relay Ohio State, Elliott, Travesso, Bretscher, Elber (1:31.24); 1000 freestyle Ohio State, M. Neiman (9:21.38); 200 frestyle Ohio State, A. Olson (1:41.44); 100 backstroke Ohio State, Seleskie (50.44); 100 breaststroke Ohio State, Travesso (56.43); 200 butterfly Ohio State, M. Sigrist (1:52.70); 50 freestyle UC, Schneider (20.28); 100 freestyle UC, Schneider (45.52); 200 backstroke Ohio State, Seleskie (1:51.29); 200 breaststroke UC, Peter (2:04.04); 500 freestyle Ohio State, Neiman (4:33.63); 100 butterfly Ohio State, Lee (49.85); 200 IM UC, Peter (1:52.75); 200 freestyle relay Ohio State, Elber, Bretscher, Van Heers, Fahrbach (1:23.81).