Feb. 7, 2004


The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team concluded its dual-meet season with a loss to Penn State 122-121 Friday at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center in Columbus, Ohio. Mitch Richeson (Jr., Greenwood, Ind./Greenwood) swept both diving events, while senior Andreas Campioni (Sr., Efurt, Germany/Univ. of Nebraska) placed first in his last dual-meet event for the Buckeyes.

Richeson won the 1-meter dive with a season-high score of 364.28 and the 3-meter dive with another season-high score of 391.28, pacing the closest Nittany Lion by more than 30 points in both events. Nick Hanneman (Fr., Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) scored lifetime-best scores in both the 1- and 3-meter dives and joined the rest of the Ohio State diving squad in reaching NCAA qualifying marks this season.

At the start of the meet, the Buckeyes finished second in the 400-yard medley relay with a season-best time of 3:22.36. Gary Grant (Fr., Wood-Ridge, N.J./Bergen Catholic) narrowly missed the win in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.55, missing first place by less than half of one second. In the 200-yard individual medley, Nate King (Fr., Youngstown, Ohio/Warren Harding) won the Buckeyes first event of the evening with a time of 1:53.07, followed closely by Jeffrey Gullet (So., Byron, Ill./Byron) in second place with a time of 1:54.11.

Marty Tomes (So., Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) finished second with a season-best time of 1:51.72 in the 200-yard freestyle, along with Campioni finishing his last dual-meet event for the Buckeyes with a first-place finish. Campioni pulled ahead of Penn State swimmers in the 200-yard backstroke and won with a time of 1:52.05. With Penn State holding the lead with a score of 107-100 before the last two events, the Buckeyes had a chance to pull ahead but were held back when the Nittany Lions scored a first-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke. Ohio State had a 1-2 finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay to conclude the meet, losing to Penn State by only one point. The Buckeyes finish the dual-meet season 6-2 on the year.

“We had a shot to win and we should have won it, but we didn’t win it,” Bill Wadley, men’s head swimming coach, said. “Close races is what competing is all about and the guys hung in there and no one gave up.”

The Buckeyes look to the Big Ten championships Feb. 26-28 in West Lafayette, Ind. at the University Aquatic Center to close the Big Ten season.

Event Winners Time 400 Medley Relay Penn State 3:20.72 1,000 Freestyle Patrick Healy (PSU) 9:34.26 200 Freestyle Todd Minnier (PSU) 1:38.00 50 Freestyle Daryl Northrop (PSU) 21.09 200 IM Nate King (OSU) 1:53.07 200 Butterfly Dustin Thompson (PSU) 1:51.50 100 Freestyle Todd Minnier (PSU) 45.21 200 Backstroke Andreas Campioni (OSU) 1:52.05 500 Freestyle Dustin Thompson (PSU) 4:39.95 200 Breaststroke Mark Zucca (PSU) 2:03.68 400 Freestyle Relay Ohio State 3:06.12

Event Winners Score 1-Meter Dive Mitch Richeson (OSU) 391.28 3-Meter Dive Mitch Richeson (OSU) 364.28