COLUMBUS, Ohio The nationally-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team finish day two of the 2008 Big Ten Championships in fourth-place with 458.5 points, held at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Seniors Dan Novak and Matt Voelker put together big performances for the Buckeyes, breaking school records in the 100-yard backstroke and 200 freestyle, respectively. In the backstroke event, Novak touched the wall in 47.84 to earn third place.
Voelker’s record-breaking performance came as the lead-off swimmer in the 800 freestyle relay. His 200-yard time of 1:35.91 propelled the squad of George Markovic, Jacob Busch and Andrew Olson to a third place finish in a record time of 6:29.01.
“It was special to see two school records broken by our two seniors.” Bill Wadley, head men’s swimming coach, said. “Novak’s swim was an outstanding and memorable moment.”
The events Friday began with the 200 medley relay, which saw the quartet of Novak, junior Felipe Travesso, sophomore Andrew Bretscher and Voelker finish fourth in a NCAA “B” cut time of 1:27.35.
A pair of freshmen put together outstanding swims throughout the day for the Buckeyes. Elliott Keefer recorded a career-best time of 54.55 in the 100 breaststroke preliminaries and finished sixth in the finals with a time of 55.09. Phil Seleskie also had a career-best performance in the 100 backstroke preliminaries (48.72) and came away with a sixth place finish in the finals (48.96).
After swimming a career-best time of 48.01 in the preliminary round of the 100 butterfly, Bretscher earned an 11th-place finish in the event in 48.58. Freshman Quincy Lee also had a career-best swim in the event of 48.22 in the preliminaries.
Ohio State junior Jacob Busch swam an NCAA “B” cut time and career-best time of 1:37.40 in the 200 freestyle to finish eighth. Sophomore Sam Pelkey earned a seventh-place finish in the 100 breaststroke with an NCAA “B” cut time and career-best time of 54.53.
Scoring points for the Buckeyes in diving were junior Wes Wieser and freshman Sean Moore. On the three-meter board, Wieser captured seventh with a score of 382.70 and Moore followed close behind with an eighth-place finish (369.90).
Also representing the Scarlet and Gray Friday were sophomore Niksa Roki, Travesso, sophomore Daniel Malnik, freshman Itai Chammah and sophomore Joel Elber. Roki placed tenth in the 400 individual medley (3:51.75), while Travesso (55.26) and Malnik (55.78) finished tenth and 16th in the 100 breaststroke, respectively. In the 100 backstroke, Chammah took ninth (49.50) with Elber finishing 16th (50.21).
“Overall, it was a fantastic day for us,” Wadley said. “I really feel good with what we have accomplished so far in the tournament. Tomorrow is going to be very exciting because we have built of a competition for third place with Minnesota. Saturday evening will be an exciting one.”
The Big Ten Championships conclude Saturday with the swimming preliminaries beginning at noon and the finals starting at 7 p.m.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Big Ten Championships
Friday, Feb. 29, 2008
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Team Scores: 1. Michigan 742.5; 2. Indiana 602; 3. Minnesota 469.5; 4. Ohio State 458.5; 5. Purdue 336.5; 6. Northwestern 292; 7. Wisconsin 242; 8. Penn State 190; 9. Iowa 148; 10. Michigan State 111.
Event Winners: 200 medley relay 4. Ohio State (Novak, Travesso, Bretscher, Voelker) 1:27.35; 400 IM 10. Roki (Ohio State) 3:51.75; 100 butterfly 11. Bretscher (Ohio State) 48.58; 200 freestyle 8. Busch (Ohio State) 1:37.40; 100 breaststroke 6. Keefer (Ohio State) 55.09; 100 backstroke 3. Novak (Ohio State) 47.84; 800 freestyle relay 3. Ohio State (Voelker, Markovic, Busch, Olson) 6:29.01; 3-meter 7. Wieser (Ohio State) 382.70.