COLUMBUS, Ohio The 10th-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team takes on the Raiders from Wright State at 5 p.m. Friday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The meet will be a co-ed dual meet with the women’s team.
About The Raiders
Wright State enters the competition with a 5-1 dual season record. The Raiders ended 2008 finishing fourth at the Miami Invitational in Oxford on Dec. 4-6 and defeating Tampa, 99-79, in Tampa, Fla.
Leading the Raider squad is senior Zach Fisher and freshman Davynn Peffer. Fisher, a Pickerington Central product, has picked up seven individual wins so far on the season and fronts Wright State’s sprinting unit. Peffer has nine wins, including three in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Raider divers are led by sophomore Caleb Nettleton. The North Canton native has tallied six individual wins this season, while classmate Corey Johnson has three wins for Wright State.
Buckeyes Win Ohio State Invite
Ohio State claimed its first Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invite title Sunday, Dec. 7, at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion with a score of 1382.5 points. The Buckeyes defeated the three-time reigning Invite champion Minnesota by over 500 points. Niksa Roki broke two school records, while Felipe Travesso set another during the three-day meet. Roki captured first in the 200 individual medley in a record-setting time of 1:45.87. He also broke a 24-year old record in the 200 butterfly after finishing third in 1:46.07. Travesso captured second in the 100 breaststroke, breaking a 10-year old record in 53.95. Sophomore Sean Moore shined on the 10-meter platform event, taking first with 434.60 points.
Ohio State enters the New Year ranked No. 10 by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America after starting 5-0 in dual meets and capturing its first Ohio State Invitational title. Six Big Ten Conference teams are currently ranked, with Michigan (No. 4) and Minnesota (No. 9) ahead of Ohio State. Indiana and Purdue are ranked 14th and 15th, respectively, while Penn State sits at 17.
First Half NCAA Qualifiers
The Buckeyes have six swimmers and five relays that have recorded NCAA “B” cut times. Mark Neiman, Niksa Roki and Stefan Sigrist have each recorded “B” times in two events, while George Markovic, Andrew Olson and Felipe Travesso have qualified in one.
Roki’s Holiday Break Success
During the holiday break, Ohio State junior Niksa Roki enjoyed success at the international level. The 2008 Olympian participated in the 2008 European Short Course Championships held in his home country of Croatia December 11-14. Roki broke his own Croatian national record in the 400-meter individual medley in a time of 4:16.44, a record he previously set at the Beijing Olympics. Roki also set the 200 butterfly record this summer in Beijing.
The Buckeyes travel to Bloomington, Ind., for their first Big Ten dual meet of the season. Ohio State takes on Indiana and non-conference opponent, Missouri, in a tri-meet at noon Jan. 17.