Feb. 17, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team qualified 10 men for the finals competition Saturday at the 2007 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Five Buckeyes also recorded NCAA provisional times during prelims.

Nate King (Sr., Youngstown, Ohio/Warren Harding) will again compete in the finals competition. He swam a NCAA `B’ time of 3:51.73 for the seventh seed in the finals of the 400-yard individual medley. King’s preliminary time is just .15 seconds away from his own Ohio State record in the event.

Joe Doyle (Sr., Centerburg, Ohio/Centerburg) swam the fourth-fastest time in prelims to qualify for the finals in the 100-yard butterfly. His time of 47.54 is a NCAA `B’ standard and three-tenths off the school record. Doyle set the record last year when he finished fifth in the event at the Big Ten championships. Matthias Sigrist (So., Schaffhausen, Switzerland/Schaffhausen) also will compete in the race this evening, qualifying 15th with a time of 48.65.

Jake Busch (So., Toldeo, Ohio/Toledo Christiansen) and George Markovic (Fr., Sydney, Australia/St. Ives) will compete in the bonus heat in the 200-yard freestyle. Busch swam a career-best time of 1:38.78 to qualify 17th, while Markovic stopped the clock at 1:39.38 for 21st place.

Sam Pelkey (Fr., Muncie, Ind./Delta) and Felipe Travesso (So., Belo Horizonte, Brazil/Lawrences North) qualified for the consolation finals in the 100-yard breaststroke. Pelkey hit the wall in a NCAA provisional time of 54.90 for a 10th-place seed. Travesso joins him in the heat with the 14th fastest time of 55.47. Daniel Malnik (Fr., Rishon le-Zion, Israel/Gan-Nahum) will swim in the bonus finals. His preliminary time of 55.80 earned him 17th place.

R.J. Lemyre (Sr., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) will have a chance to swim the 100-yard backstroke again tonight in the finals competition. His time of 48.26 is a NCAA `B’ qualifying standard. Dan Novak (Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Foothill) qualified as the fastest swimmer in the consolation heat when he swam the event in 48.60 to earn his first NCAA `B’ time this year. Tyler King (So., Youngstown, Ohio/Warren Harding) also will swim the sprint backstroke for a second time today in the bonus heat. His time of 50.39 is a personal best for King.

The Top 24 swimmers in each event will compete tonight at 7 p.m. Entry for the session is $8 for adults and $5 for students. The meet concludes Sunday with prelims at noon and finals at 7 p.m.