COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team will send one of its largest contingents in years to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships next week, March 27-29, in Federal Way, Wash.
Eleven Buckeyes eight swimmers and all three divers will be looking to keep the Buckeyes in the national spotlight with another high finish. The team, which was 13th in the final Collegiate National Dual Meet Rankings this season, was 12th at the 2007 NCAA championships. The team is also coming off a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten championships, its second consecutive top four finish.
“We are very excited about the team we are sending to NCAAs next week,” swimming coach Bill Wadley said. “We are coming off a season in which we broke six school records, scored in every event at the Big Ten championships and hit NCAA qualifying standards in 17 of 18 events.”
Only two seniors are among the 11 student-athletes who will perform at the NCAA championships. The team also consists of three juniors, five sophomores and one freshman. Five Buckeyes have previous NCAA championship experience: Jake Busch, George Markovic, Felipe Travesso, Matt Voelker and Wes Wieser. Ohio State’s NCAA championship team will consist of (and their qualifying events):
Pelkey set the school record in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:56.55. The other school records were set by Markovic (500 freestyle; 4:20.52), Stefan Sigrist (1650 freestyle; 15:13.01), Novak (100 backstroke; :47.84), Voelker (200 freestyle; 1:35.91) and the 800 freestyle relay team of Voelker, Busch, Markovic and Olson (6:29.01).
Wieser is a two-time Big Ten champion. He won on platform this year and in 2007.