Jan. 10, 2001

%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team opens the winter portion of its schedule with home meets at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center Friday and Saturday against Ball State and Indiana, respectively.%^$

%^$The schedule of events for the Ball State and Indiana meets are as follows:%^$

%^$Ball State
%^$200 Medley Relay
%^$1000 Freestyle
%^$200 Freestyle
%^$50 Freestyle
%^$200 Individual Medley
%^$One-Meter Diving
%^$Ten Minute Break
%^$100 Butterfly
%^$100 Freestyle
%^$100 Backstroke
%^$500 Freestyle
%^$Three-Meter Diving
%^$Ten Minute Break
%^$100 Breaststroke
%^$800 Freestyle Relay

%^$400 Medley Relay
%^$1650 Freestyle
%^$200 Freestyle
%^$50 Freestyle
%^$400 Individual Medley
%^$One-Meter Diving
%^$Ten Minute Break
%^$200 Butterfly
%^$100 Freestyle
%^$200 Backstroke
%^$500 Freestyle
%^$Three-Meter Diving
%^$Ten Minute Break
%^$200 Breaststroke
%^$400 Freestyle Relay

%^$The Buckeyes started out their 2000-01 season with a perfect 6-0 record in dual-meets. OSU defeated in-state foe, Ohio, 144-92, in the season-opener before sweeping a tri-meet against West Virginia and Rutgers. This weekend marks the second and third time OSU will swim at home. In the home-opener Nov. 17, the Buckeyes defeated another in-state opponent, Bowling Green, 141-87.%^$

%^$Leading the Buckeyes in the water and in the locker room, were Brian Malich (Sr., Mason, Ohio), an NCAA All-American selection, Nicholas Rees (So., Nassau, Bahamas) and Daniel Kelley. (Columbus, Ohio/Beechcroft).%^$

%^$”Brian Malich and Nicholas Reese are two of our best athletes,” head coach Bill Wadley said. “They’ve done a great job so far this year. Our captains, Daniel. Kelley and Brian (Malich) have done a nice job of working hard with the team and bringing it together. We have a small, close team and that’s what makes it fun.”%^$

%^$The Buckeyes traveled to Honalulu, Hawaii, for their winter training session. Wadley said the trip allowed his swimmers to focus primarily on the aerobic aspect of swimming and building team chemistry.%^$

%^$”The Christmas training period is really the final focus on our endurance side of training,” Wadley said. “It’s also a chance for the team to come together.%^$

%^$Wadley also cited that time away from classes allowed more rigourous practice sessions.%^$

%^$”Certainly, it’s more focused on swimming because they’re not in school,” he said. “It’s easier to focus and their attention is on trying to be the best they can in the pool. They’re not distracted quite as much. They see plenty of rest between practice so the practice level is higher level because they’re not going to school and studying late at night.It really is a valuable period.”%^$

%^$Ball State, under head coach Bob Thomas, comes to Columbus with a record of 3-4 in meets. BSU opened the season with victories over IUPUI, Valparaiso and Butler in a quad-meet. The Cardinals fell to Miami (Ohio) and Northern Illinois at a tri-meet and later to Western Kentucky in dual-meet to even out at 3-3. After placing fourth out of 11 teams at the Miami (Ohio) Invitational, the Cardinals fell to Michigan State, 135-108.%^$

%^$”Ball State is a good team,” Wadley said. “They have some very talented swimmers on that team.”%^$

%^$Indiana, coached by Kris Kirchner, has a record of 1-3. The Hoosiers defeated Evansville, 188-106, to open their season. Indiana was swept by Big Ten foes Minnesota and Northwestern in a dual-meet a week later. The Hoosiers were also defeated by Kentucky in a dual-meet.%^$

%^$Senior Don Gold leads the Hoosiers in the 50 freestyle (:21.35), 100 Freestyle (:46.17 and 200 freestyle (1:40.22). Senior Joe Trent leads in the distance freestyle events with times of 4:34.88 in the 500 event and 9:23.31 in the 1,000 event. Will Bernhardt has times of :51.92 in the 100 backstroke and 1:50.64 in the 200 event. In the breaststroke, David Schulze leads in the 100 (:58.41) and 200 (2:07.03). Kevin Euans has team-low times in the 100 butterfly (:50.48) and 200 butterfly (1:51.64), respectively.%^$

%^$On Jan. 14, 1999, the Buckeyes defeated Ball State, 147-86, in Muncie, Ind., then traveled to Bloomington, Ind., the next day and narrowly fell to Indiana, 124-119.%^$

%^$OSU is off to an impressive start and Wadley is anxious to get the Big Ten season underway.%^$

%^$”It’s our first Big Ten meet of the year,” Wadley said. “We’re 6-0, but at the same time there is nothing like Big Ten competition to stir the soul.”%^$

%^$Wadley said that the meets with Indiana, in particular, have always been intense.%^$

%^$”Most of our meets in the past have been very competitive,” he said. “They’re fun to be a part of and coach. I’m sure it’s a fun meet as an athlete because that’s why you practice, to get up and race good competition. And Indiana usually gives us great competition and we swim well against them.”%^$

%^$OSU will play host to in-state school Kenyon next Friday, 6 p.m., at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center.%^$