COLUMBUS, Ohio The 11th-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team takes on the Miami Redhawks in a somewhat co-ed meet Friday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Ohio State men will compete in swimming and diving action against the Miami men while only the women’s divers will be competing Friday. The women’s swimming team is off this week.

Coach Vince Panzano has assembled another strong corps of divers for the Buckeyes, even with possible red-shirt seasons upcoming for senior Wes Wieser, a two-time Big Ten champion and an All-American, and sophomore Bianca Alvarez, a national runner-up last season on the 3-meter springboard. The returnees include:

  • Junior Burkley Showe, an honorable mention All-American in 2007 and a Big Ten champ on the 1-meter board. He red-shirted last season.
  • Junior Ryan Jefferson, an NCAA qualifier in 2008 on both the 1- and 3-meter boards and a 2007 Big Ten runner-up on 1-meter.
  • Sophomore Sean Moore, the reigning NCAA 10-meter platform champion with an NCAA record score of 478.20 points.
  • Senior Chelsea Davis, a two-time All-American and the reigning NCAA champion on the 3-meter springboard.
  • Sophomore Kristin Asman, a 2008 NCAA All-American on platform who also competed on both springboard events at the NCAA championships.
  • Sophomore Katie Bell, who is coming off a red-shirt season and is one of the finest 10-meter platform divers in the nation.

The men’s swimming team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 142-112 win over Cincinnati. Junior Mark Neiman and sophomore Phil Seleskie won two individual races apiece to lead the Buckeyes. Ohio State kicked off the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay and then a Neiman-Stefan Sigrist-Alex Chen-Ryan Stoneburg 1-2-3-4 sweep in the second event, the 1000 freestyle, extended Ohio State’s lead to a comfortable 33-3 and the team would power toward its second win of the season from that point.

In two dual meets this season Ohio State has won 24 of 28 races, including 20 consecutive to open the season. Multiple individual event winners for the Buckeyes include Felipe Travesso, Matthias Sigrist, Joel Elber, Andrew Elliott, Phil Seleskie,  Mark Neiman and Quincy Lee.

Brothers Matthias and Stefan Sigrist won’t be competing for the Buckeyes on Friday. The duo, from Schaffhausen, Switzerland, will be representing their home country Nov. 15-16 in a World Cup meet in Berlin, Germany.

Freshmen Andrew Elliott and Lincoln Fahrbach have tasted victory so far this season. Elliott earned first in the 100 and 200 backstrokes against Kenyon and Fahrbach was a part of the winning 200 free relay vs. UC…Ohio State is ranked 11th nationally in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll … Miami is 2-2 this season … two Miami swimmers Dave Brown and Mike Carroll have picked up MAC Swimmer of the Week honors already.

The Buckeyes take to the road for a pair of meets in the next 11 days. The team will compete at Notre Dame Nov. 21 and at Cleveland State Nov. 25.