Feb. 28, 2004


The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team concluded the 2004 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships in eighth place in West Lafayette, Ind. Saturday, earning 39 lifetime-best times and 10 Ohio State all time Top 10 times. The diving squad headlined the meet, with Mitch Richeson (Greenwood, Ind./Greenwood) being crowned the 2004 Big Ten Diving Champion in the 3-meter dive. Ohio State finished with 250 points, while Minnesota won the Big Ten title with a score of 712.50.

Richeson won the 3-meter dive with a score of 653.75, defeating last year’s champion by more than 45 points and breaking the Big Ten diving championship meet record set in 1996. Thursday, in the 1-meter dive, Richeson posted a second-place finish with a score of 343.60. Continuously improving his Big Ten performance, Richeson posted second- and third-place finishes in the 1- and 3-meter dives at the 2002 and 2003 conference meet.

The Buckeyes dominated the diving events during the conference meet, with Marc Dreyer (So., Port Elisabeth, South Africa/Grey), Kellen Harkness (Fr., Puyallup, Wash./Cascade Christian) and Nick Hanneman (So., Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) also posting finishes in the Top 8 in the 3-meter dive and all Buckeye divers posting Top 16 finishes in the 1-meter dive during the first day of competition. In the platform dive, Richeson finished in ninth place with 399.90 points, while Harkness, Dreyer and Hanneman finished in the semi-finals in 13th, 14th and 15th place. The diving squad added 114 points to the Buckeye total at the conference meet.

In the final day of competition, thirteen swimmers earned lifetime-best times in their respective events. Nate King (Fr., Youngstown, Ohio/Warren Harding) finished the 200-yard backstroke in 10th place with a lifetime-best time of 1:47.37 and was followed by senior Andreas Campioni (Sr., Efurt, Germany/Univ. of Nebraska) in his final Big Ten event for the Buckeyes in 15th place with a lifetime-best time of 1:48.91. King and Campioni’s times in the 200-yard backstroke ranked as sixth and eighth all time best times in Ohio State history. R.J. Lemyre (Fr., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington), Erik Dingledine (Fr., Bellbrook, Ohio/Bellbrook) and Benji Hershberger (So., Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota Christian) also earned lifetime-best times in the event.

One of Ohio State’s top performers, Marty Tomes (So., Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) finished in 11th place with a lifetime-best time of 1:48.47 and was followed by Brian Tiemeier (So., Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) and Chris Stoneburg (So., Copley, Ohio/Akron Firestone) with lifetime-best times as well. Rob Kauscher (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) finished the 200-yard breaststroke in 13th place with a season-best time of 2:02.94, with Matt Celik (Jr., Akron, Ohio/Akron Firestone) and Jeff Gullett (So., Byron, Ill./Byron) also posting lifetime-best times.

Joe Doyle‘s (Fr., Centerburg, Ohio/Centerburg) lead-off time in the 400-yard freestyle of 45.35 was a lifetime-best time and gave Ohio State its highest relay finish of the conference meet in eighth place with a time of 3:00.58.

In the second day of competition, 13 more swimmers posted lifetime-best times, along with Kauscher, Tomes and Campioni finishing in the Top 16 of their respective events. Kauscher reached Ohio State’s only individual NCAA B qualifying time of the conference meet, finishing the 100-yard breaststroke in eighth place with a time of 55.58 and setting a lifetime-best time and the fourth-ranked top time in Ohio State history with his preliminary time of 55.30.

Tomes finished the 100-yard butterfly in 13th-place with a time of 49.30, also while setting his lifetime-best time and a Ohio State all time Top 10 time with his finish in the preliminaries of 48.89. Campioni earned a 12th-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a season-best time and Top 10 program-best time of 49.59.

Tommy Seay (Jr., Buffalo, N.Y./McKinley) and King also had top finishes for the Buckeyes, with Seay placing 20th in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:40.96 and King posting a 19th-place finish with a lifetime-best time of 3:59.47. The 200-yard freestyle was senior Sean Veit‘s (Sr., Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) last Big Ten event as a Buckeye, in which he posted a lifetime-best of 1:48.07.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Campioni, Kauscher, Tomes and Seay finished in eighth place with the third-best time in Ohio State history of 1:29.33. The Buckeyes also finished the 800-yard freestyle relay in eighth place with a season-best time of 6:42.40.

In the first day of competition, sixteen Buckeyes earned lifetime-best times and posted five Ohio State all time Top 10 times. Seay’s lead-off time of 20.49 in the 200-yard freestyle relay was the 10th overall best-time in program history for Ohio State. The Buckeyes finished the 200-yard freestyle in eighth place with a final time in the Top 10 in OSU program history of 1:20.09 and were one of nine teams to break the pool record at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. In the 500-yard freestyle, Ryan Sciortino (Jr., Maitland, Fla./Maitland) led the Buckeyes in 24th place with a season-best time of 4:32.56, while Nick Keene (Fr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) set a lifetime-best time and Tomes and Veit set personal season-best times in the event.

All six Buckeyes who participated in the 200-yard individual medley reached lifetime-best times, with Gullett earning a 25th-place finish with at time of 1:51.38. Seay returned to the pool for the 50-yard freestyle and finished in 18th place with a time of 20.50, while seven Buckeyes followed behind with lifetime-best times. The 400-yard medley relay closed the first day of competition with Campioni’s lead-off ranking as the fifth top time in Ohio State program history and earning the Buckeyes an NCAA B qualifying time in the event.

“The Big Ten competition was the fastest it has ever been,” Bill Wadley, head swimming coach, said. “It’s great that a young team can get lifetime-best times and that everyone continues to get better. Four out of five swims for our seniors were lifetime-best times, which show they were always improving and went out in a great way.”

The Buckeyes now travel to Sectionals at the Indiana Last Ditch March 5-7 in Bloomington, Ind. at the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center.

Final Team Standings: 1. Minnesota 712.50 2. Michigan 605 3. Northwestern 478 4. Indiana 452.50 5. Wisconsin 341.50 6. Purdue 337 7. Penn State 299.50 8. Ohio State 250 9. Iowa 204 10. Michigan State 126

Event Winner Time Top Buckeye Finish Place Time 200 Freestyle Relay Minnesota 1:18.28 Ohio State 8th 1:20.09 500 Freestyle Peter Vanderkaay (Mich.) 4:15.06 Ryan Sciortino 24th 4:32.56 200 Individual Medley Louis Paul (Purdue) 1:45.56 Jeff Gullett 25th 1:51.38 50 Freestyle Matt Grevers (Northwestern) 19.58 Tommy Seay 18th 20.50 400 Medley Relay Northwestern 3:10.55 Ohio State 10th 3:17.35

200 Medley Relay Indiana 1:27.40 Ohio State 9th 1:29.33 400 Individual Medley Pete Vanderkaay (Mich.) 3:45.84 Nate King 19th 3:59.47 100 Butterfly Tony Swanson (Northwestern) 46.89 Marty Tomes 13th 49.30 200 Freestyle Dan Ketchum (Mich.) 1:34.37 Tommy Seay 20th 1:40.96 100 Breaststroke Kevin Swander (Ind.) 53.15 Rob Kauscher 8th 55.58 100 Backstroke Matt Grevers (Northwestern) 46.68 Andreas Campioni 12th 49.59 800 Freestyle Relay Michigan 6:21.77 Ohio State 8th 6:42.40

1,650 Freestyle Pete Vanderkaay (Mich.) 14:48.66 Ryan Sciortino 18th 15:48.68 200 Backstroke Chris DeJong (Mich.) 1:41.78 Nate King 10th 1:47.37 100 Freestyle Matt Grevers (Northwestern) 43.14 Michael Byrnes 24th 45.48 200 Breaststroke Giorda Pogioli (Purdue) 1:56.13 Rob Kauscher 13th 2:02.93 200 Butterfly Davis Tarwater (Mich.) 1:43.26 Marty Tomes 11th 1:48.47 400 Freestyle Relay Minnesota 2:51.65 Ohio State 8th 3:00.58 Event Winner Score Top Buckeye Finish Place Score 1-Meter Dive Jason Coben (Mich.) 373.85 Mitch Richeson 2nd 343.60 3-Meter Dive Mitch Richeson (OSU) 653.75 Platform Dive Jason Coben (Mich.) 540.45 Mitch Richeson 9th 399.90