Jan. 25, 2001

%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team (9-0) will compete in a Big Ten tri-meet against host-Northwestern and Iowa in Evanston, Ill., this weekend. The two-day competition begins Friday at 7 p.m.(central) On Saturday the meet resumes at 11 a.m.%^$

%^$”The meet this weekend is a two-day meet, meaning it’s a different format than a dual-meet. Depth is going to play a huge factor. Of course, at the Big Ten champioships, depth is a huge factors. This weekend will be an interesting challenge to see if our depth guys step up to the next challenge and go to another level.”%^$

%^$Last Friday in a co-ed meet at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center, OSUdefeated Kenyon, 116-89, to remain undefeated on the season. OSU won seven of eleven events in the win.%^$

%^$Brian Malich (Sr., Mason, Ohio/El Dorado Calif.) was a double-winner for the Buckeyes, taking both the 50 freestyle (:20.25) and the 100 freestyle (:45.62).%^$

%^$Other individual winners for Ohio State were Travis Carver (Jr., Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley) in the 200 individual medley (1:53.76), Vladi Dusil (So., Darmstadt, Germany/Justus-Liebig) in the 1000 freestyle (9:29.93) and David Paul (So., Holdon, Mass./St. Peters-Marian) in the 200 freestyle (1:42.13).%^$

%^$Northwestern, coached by 12th-year coach Bob Groseth, enters this weekend with a record of 3-2 overall, 2-2 Big Ten. The Wildcats have had two Big Ten Swimmers of the Week this season. Senior Steve Steketee earned the honor on Nov.21, 2000, after leading the Wildcats to the Northwestern Invitational championships, where he participated in eight events, winning the 100 and 200 freestyle events.%^$

%^$Freshman Tony Swanson was recognized Dec. 27, 2000, after he won the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle in a win over Sacred Heart and Puerto Rico on NU’s winter training trip.%^$

%^$Iowa, coached by former Hawkeye All-American John Davey, now in is second year at the helm of his alma mater, is 0-3 overall, 0-3 in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes have fallen to Wisconsin, Purdue and Minnesota. The Hawkeyes received a boost when Junior Marko Milenkovic returned last weekend after competing in the Olympics for Slovenia. Milenkovic’s return was a successful one, winning the 400 individual medley and finishing third in the 1000 freestyle and the 200 breaststroke. Other top performers for the Hawkeyes are Jay Glen, who has the top times in the 50 freestyle (:21.07), 100 freestyle (:45.45) and the 200 freestyle (1:38.92). Nick Hinz had team bests in the100 backstroke (:57.10) and the 200 backstroke (1:49.52). Chris Bunson leads in the breaststroke, with times of :57.10 in the 100 and 2:08.56 in the 200. Ales Abersek has team-bests in the 100, 200 butterfly with times of :49.12 and 1:47.69, respectively.%^$

%^$”Both teams are dramatically improved, which is exciting for them and makes our task that much more difficult. This may be the deepest Northwestern team that I’ve ever seen since I’ve been here at Ohio State.%^$

%^$”Iowa has one or two top guys in every race and a couple guys right behind them. I expect both meets to be very competitive and very close.”%^$

%^$On Jan. 29, 2000, OSU defeated Northwestern, 252.5-98.5, in its final home meet of the season. The Buckeyes also defeated Kenyon at the tri-meet. The wins improved OSU to 7-1, 1-1 in the Big Ten.%^$

%^$The Buckeyes play host to Penn State next Saturday, 1 p.m. at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center in the final home meet of the season.