Feb. 24, 2005

Columbus, Ohio – Mitch Richeson claimed the Big Ten title on the 1-meter springboard event on the opening night of the 2005 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. Richeson, a native of Greenwood, Ind. (Greenwood), started the meet by qualifying seventh in the preliminary round with 309.60 points. He then won the 1-meter crown by scoring 367.60 points. Richeson defeated Indiana diver, Marc Carlton, by roughly 25 points. Carlton had previously beaten Richeson on the 1-meter board earlier this season.

Nate King (So., Youngstown, Ohio/Warren Harding) swam to an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:49.41. His preliminary time of 1:48.29 not only was a season-best time for the Buckeyes, but a lifetime-best, an NCAA `B’ qualifying time, a United States National Qualifying time and the fastest time in Ohio State history. Brian Tiemeier (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) also recorded a lifetime-best and NCAA `B’ qualifying time during preliminary racing in the individual medley, clocking in at 1:49.25.

In the 50-yard freestyle race, Matt Voelker (Fr., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) claimed 11th place for the Buckeyes. Voelker, Michael Byrnes (So., Wyoming, Ohio/Wyoming), Tommy Seay (Sr., Buffalo, N.Y./McKinley) and Joe Doyle (So., Centerburg, Ohio/Centerburg) all recorded individual lifetime- and season-best times in the 50-yard freestyle, and NCAA `B’ qualifying times.

The Buckeye relay teams both finished fifth in their respective events. The 400-yard medley relay team, composed of King, Rob Kauscher (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson), Marty Tomes (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) and Doyle swam to a season-best time and NCAA `B’ qualifying time of 3:15.04. The fifth-place finish also was an Ohio State record, placing third in the Ohio State history books. King’s 100-yard backstroke leg of the relay clocked in at 48.90, an NCAA `B’ qualifying time, a U.S. National qualifying time and the third-fastest time in Ohio State history.

The 200-yard freestyle relay also was an Ohio State record, with the 1:19.83 time surpassing the time of 1:19.92 set in 1999. The team of Doyle, Voelker, Byrnes and Seay also recorded a season-best time and an NCAA `B’ qualifying time.

In the 500-yard freestyle, Mike Tomes (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) and Ryan Sciortino (Sr., Maitland, Fla./Lake Highland) swam to a 29th and 38th finish, respectively. Both Tomes and Sciortino recorded lifetime-best times and individual season-best times. Tomes’ time of 4:34.85 was a season-best time for the Buckeyes.

Following the opening night of the meet, the Buckeyes were in fourth-place with 105 points. Minnesota, which is serving as the host of the meet, has 218 points and leads all teams in the standings, followed by Indiana with 205 points in second. The 2005 Big Ten Championships continue through Saturday.

Thursday Results 200-yard freestyle relay 1. Northwestern 1:17.74 5. Ohio State 1:19.83

500-yard freestyle 1. Peter Vanderkaay (MICH) 4:12.34 29. Mike Tomes 4:34.85 38. Ryan Sciortino 4:37.41

200-yard individual medley 1. Louis Paul (PUR) 1:45.00 8. Nate King 1:49.10 13. Brian Tiemeier 1:49.50 28. Marty Tomes 1:52.56 29. Daniel Novak 1:52.28 32. Rob Kauscher 1:52.90 44. Matt Jeffries 1:55.34

50-yard freestyle 1. Matt Grevers (NW) 19.39 11. Matt Voelker 20.50 15. Michael Byrnes 20.70 16. Tommy Seay 20.80 17. Joe Doyle 20.32 30. David Okeson 20.82 32. Gary Grant 20.86 36. R.J. Lemyre 20.99 42. Blake Foltz 21.05 45. Adam Braun 21.10 62. Ben Prater 21.73 66. Jeroen LeCoutere 22.03

400-yard medley relay 1. Northwestern 3:08.50 5. Ohio State 3:15.04

1-meter springboard 1. Mitch Richeson 367.60 14. Kellen Harkness 282.00 15. Marc Dreyer 281.60 19. Nick Hanneman 273.15

Team Standings Following Six Events 1. Minnesota 218 2. Indiana 205 3. Northwestern 154 4. Ohio State 105 5. Wisconsin 102 6. Michigan 94 7. Purdue 90 8. Penn State 83 9. Michigan State 55 10. Iowa 36