COLUMBUS, Ohio The nationally-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team completed the first day of the 2008 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday at Federal Way, Washington. The 13th-ranked Buckeyes are tied for 19th place with the University of Miami (Fla.) and Harvard.

“We swam exceptionally well today,” Bill Wadley, Ohio State head swimming coach, said. “I am extremely excited for the 400-yard medley relay team. Their swim in the preliminary round was a quantum leap for the team.”

With valuable leadership from seniors Matt Voelker and Daniel Novak, the 400-yard medley relay team of Novak, Felipe Travesso, Andrew Bretscher and Voelker broke the 10-year old school record in the preliminary round with a time of 3:11.04. The quartet went on to finish 15th overall in 3:12.81 to earn honorable mention All-America honors.

Voelker also excelled in the 50 freestyle, earning honorable mention All-America honors after finishing 15th in the final round with a time of 19.74. The Columbus-native swam a career-best time of 19.54 in the preliminary round.

Scoring points for the Buckeyes on the 1-meter springboard was Sean Moore. The freshman from Englewood, Colo. earned honorable mention All-America honors after finishing 10th with a score of 340.35 points.

Also participating on Thursday was sophomore George Markovic. The native of Sydney, Australia swam in the preliminary round of the 500 freestyle and finished in a time of 4:22.15.  

The NCAA Championships continue Friday and Saturday. Prelims begin at 11 a.m. and finals begin at 7 p.m. both days.

Men’s Swimming and Diving
NCAA Championships

Thursday, March 27, 2008
Federal Way, Wash.
Ohio State: 50 freestyle 15. Voelker (19.74); 400 medley relay 15. Ohio State (Novak, Travesso, Bretscher, Voelker) 3:12.81; 1-meter 10. Moore (340.35).