COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 15-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team (1-0) hosts the Washington Huskies at 5 p.m. Friday at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion. The meet will be a co-ed dual meet that also features the Ohio State women competing against Washington.

The Buckeyes, under the direction of swimming coach Bill Wadley and diving coach Vince Panzano, won all 11 races and cruised to a season-opening victory over defending Division III national champion Kenyon College, 155-42, last Friday at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion.
Whitney Hite is in his second year as head coach of the University of Washington swimming program. He returns 13 student-athletes from last year to the squad, including junior Jon Banker and seniors Brenton Dowdy and Bret Lungaard, who will captain the team this season.  Washington is 1-2 so far on the season. The Huskies opened up with a 151-99 win over Seattle University on October 5. The sqaud is coming off back-to-back Pac-10 conference losses to California (153.5-106.5) and Stanford (123-82). Senior Ivan Perhat took two wins in the 50 and 100-yard freestyles in the loss to Stanford.

The Buckeyes are currently ranked No. 15 in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll. The ranking is based on dual-meet performance. Seven schools represent the Big Ten in the polls. They are Michigan (5), Indiana (9), Minnesota (10), Purdue (14), Ohio State (15), Northwestern (18) and Penn State (25).

Junior Matthias Sigrist was a double winner for the Buckeyes against Kenyon, taking first in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:41.25) and the 200 butterfly (1:50.58). Sophomore rising star Sam Pelkey claimed his first collegiate individual victory, taking first in the 200 breaststroke (2:04.88). A victory by sophomore Mark Neiman in the 1,000 freestyle in 9:25.32 also drew the attention of Wadley.

Senior Matt Voelker was king of the sprints, winning both the 50 and 100 freestyle events. Sigrist’s brother, sophomore Stefan Sigrist, won the 500 yard freestyle and Niksa Roki captured the 200 individual medley. Freshman Itai Chammah took first in the 200 backstroke.

Following the meet against Washington, the Buckeyes will travel to swim Miami (OH) on Nov. 16 and come back home to take on Cleveland State at 5 p.m. Nov. 20.

Ohio State will host the third annual Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational, Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Men’s and women’s teams from Notre Dame, South Carolina, Denver, Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota are scheduled to compete.

Bill Wadley is in his 19th season as coach of the Ohio State swimming team. During this time he has coached 13 Olympians and his teams have been ranked in the NCAA Top 25 for 15 of the past 18 seasons. Wadley coached the Buckeyes to a third place finish at the 2007 Big Ten Championships. Nine swimmers and three divers advanced to the NCAA Championships where the team finished 12th, its highest finish since 1983. In all, 11 athletes received honorable mention All-American honors at the meet. The 2007 season included a 6-3 dual meet record and a 2nd-place finish at the second annual Ohio State Invitational at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion. Wadley has compiled a dual-meet record of 167-30 at Ohio State and has a career record of 191-40 in 22 seasons as a college head coach. He has produced more than 35 world-ranked swimmers and 13 of his student-athletes have reached the Olympics.

Vince Panzano is coach of the Ohio State men’s and women’s diving teams. Panzano, who was named the 2004 Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year for the eighth time in his career, has produced one world champion, one junior world champion, two Olympic medalists, 22 U.S. Diving champions, ten NCAA champions, 14 NCAA runners-up, 48 Big Ten champions and 69 NCAA All-Americans.