Nov. 24, 2003

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COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team plays host to Cleveland State Tuesday at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center. This will be the Buckeye’s second home dual meet of the season.

The Cleveland State Vikings enter the meet 5-1, with their only loss coming from St. Bonaventure in early November. The Vikings have defeated Miami (Ohio), Wisconsin -Green Bay, Gannon, Baldwin-Wallace and Eastern Michigan.

Pieter Pelser continues to lead the Vikings in the backstroke, most recently breaking school records in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke at the Michigan State meet. Luke Wilkins won three events at that meet, placing first in the 200-yard butterfly and 200- and 500- freestyle. Also to watch in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard freestyle is Warren Vickers, who took both events at the Michigan State Meet.

Head Coach Wally Morton enters his 23rd year at the helm of the Vikings with a 193-118-1 record.

Ohio State handed Cleveland State their first loss of the season last year, taking eight events for the final 130-70 score.

Andy Swonger won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.44 and was part of first-place finishes in both the 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relay.

Tommy Seay placed first in two events, winning the 200-yard individual medley in a season best time of 1:51.73 and 100-yard backstroke in 53.29.

The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Tommy Seay, Gary Grant, Joe Doyle and Adam Braun placed second Friday, swimming a time of 1:23:74. Both 400-yard medley relay teams also finished well, with Andreas Campioni, Matt Jeffries, Seay and Marty Tomes setting a season best time of 3:23.41. Seay also swam his best time of the season, going 1:52.50 in the 200-yard individual medley and 45.46 in the 100-yard freestyle.

Tomes finished the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:36.00, improving his season best time by two seconds and leading the Buckeyes in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:43.40.

Campioni swam the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 51.34 while also beating the season best time by three seconds in the 200-yard backstroke, swimming it in 1:51.93. Rob Kauscher swam the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 57.33 and 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 2:05.41, a season best time as well. The 200-yard medley relay team finished with a time of 1:32.67 and the 800-yard medley relay team finished with a time of 6:50.62. Both relay times were season bests, along with Ryan Sciortino’s finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle.

The Buckeyes defeated Louisville, 166-69 and West Virginia 130-107 at the first dual meet of the season Nov. 7 at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center, bringing their record to 2-0. Freshman Nate King earned his first win for the Buckeyes, taking the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 1:55.55. Marty Tomes won the 200-yard butterfly in a closely timed race, pushing forward and narrowly defeating West Virginia’s Pedro Pinto.

Ryan Sciortino won the 1,000-yard freestyle and Tommy Seay won the 100-yard freestyle, with Ohio State taking the 400-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Rob Kauscher placed first in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Taking both the 1- and 3-meter dives, Mitch Richeson finished the night strong with 310.65 points in the 1-meter dive and 336.70 points in the 3-meter dive.

Bill Wadley enters his 15th year as the men’s head swimming coach, compiling a record of 129-22 (.854) at the helm of the Buckeyes and a 153-32 (.827) overall career record. Wadley has coached 12 Olympians and his teams have been ranked in the NCAA Top 20 for 11 of the past 15 seasons. Producing more than 30 world ranked swimmers in his coaching career, 12 of his student-athletes have reached the Olympic level.

A seasoned coach, Wadley has represented the United States on numerous occasions. He has coached the 1986 Olympic Festival and the 1988 and 1992 Gold Medal teams comprised of top non-collegiate swimmers in preparation for the Olympics. In 1991, Wadley coached the U.S. team at the World University Games and in 1993 was coach of the U.S. National Team training camp.

Most recently, Wadley was the head men’s coach of the 1998 Goodwill Games team that broke seven Goodwill Games records.

With his top diver taking home the NCAA platform diving championship for the first time in school history last year, head diving coach Vince Panzano looks to move into his 26th year at Ohio State building on that success.

In his 29 years of coaching, Panzano has produced one world champion, one junior world champion, two Olympic medalists, 22 U.S. diving champions, 10 NCAA champions, 14 NCAA runners-up, 42 Big Ten champions and 65 All-Americans.

Panzano has been awarded the “Mike Peppe Award” twice and has been selected Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year seven times. Along with three NCAA Diving Coach of the Year titles, Panzano was also inducted into the Ohio State University’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Buckeyes travel to Auburn, Ala. to compete in the Auburn Invitational Dec. 5-7.