COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team picked up its second and third wins of the year Friday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes defeated Denison University and Cleveland State University by scores of 171-115 and 162-122, respectively.
Picking up the signature win for the Buckeyes was senior Ben Savonen in the 200 individual medley.
“It was really exciting, I can’t describe it.” Savonen said. “I didn’t think that win was ever going to come. We all work so hard, the IM group really pushed me and it’s a team effort every week.”
“Savonen’s was the win of the night.” Head Coach Bill Wadley said.
Ohio State finished with the same result, a win, but with different winners than last week vs. Kenyon. All together seven different Buckeye swimmers won events that they did not win last week. Winning different events for the Buckeyes were: sophomore Zach Holmes (200 freestyle); freshman Kevin Lancki (100 backstroke); senior Elliott Keefer (100 breaststroke); senior Quincy Lee (200 butterfly); junior Lincoln Fahrbach (50 freestyle and100 butterfly); sophomore Tim Phillips (100 freestyle) and Ben Savonen ( 200 individual medley).
“Out of those swimmers, Elliott swam an outstanding time (1:45.92),” Wadley said. “That may be the best 200 backstroke time in America right now.”
Fahrbach and Phillips were also a part of the first-place 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams. Also winning multiple events for the Buckeyes was junior Brent Hitchcock, who recorded wins in the 500 and 1000 freestyle.
Ohio State won 13 of the 14 events Friday with the team’s only loss coming in the 200 breaststroke when Cleveland State’s Deni Gasparin just touched ahead of Ohio State’s Phil Seleskie. Ohio State has won 27 of 28 events on the year.
Winning his first event in his college career was the freshman Lancki, who swam a lifetime best 50.05 in the 100 backstroke.
“Kevin swam the best time of his life; high school, club or college,” Wadley said. “To do that at the start of the season is just incredible.”
Ohio State has now defeated 56 in-state opponents in a row. The last loss to an Ohio school was in the 1997-1998 season vs. Cincinnati.
Along with the swimmers, the Ohio State divers began their season Friday. Ohio State freshmen Shane Miszkiel and Christian Holstein swept first- and second-place, respectively, on both the one and three meter dives.
Next up for the Buckeyes will be two meets next Friday, Nov. 12 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Scarlet and Gray will face Miami at 3 p.m. and No.12 Tennessee at 5 p.m.
Men’s Swimming & Diving
Friday, Nov. 5, 2010
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
1. Ohio State – 171 ; 2. Cleveland State – 115;
1. Ohio State – 162 ; 2. Denison – 122
Ohio State Event Winners: 200 medley relay – Elliott, Keefer, Fahrbach, Phillips (1:29.49); 1000 freestyle – Hitchcock (9:19.75); 200 freestyle – Holmes (1:41.43); 100 backstroke – Lancki (50.05); 100 breaststroke – Keefer (56.71); 200 butterfly – Lee (1.50.50); 50 freestyle – Fahrbach (20.68);One-meter diving – Miszkiel (330.53) 100 freestyle – Phillips (45.26); 200 backstroke – Elliott (1:45.92); 500 freestyle – Hitchcock (4:33.09); 100 butterfly – Fahrbach (49.27); Three-meter diving – Miszkiel (370.73) 200 IM – Savonen (1:52.88); 200 freestyle relay – Phillips, Fahrbach, Schnur, Holmes (1:22.72).