COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 11 Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team, behind a mighty show of depth Saturday with 22 finalists in five individual events, continues to lead the 2008 Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational after the second day of events.

The Buckeyes have 906.5 points and lead Minnesota (596.50 points), Penn State (432), Notre Dame (243) and Cleveland State (181) in the 13-team field. Competition concludes Sunday with Ohio State in a position to capture its own invite for the first time. The Golden Gophers have won the first three Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invites.

“There will be lot of meets where we won’t succeed at this level,” Ohio State coach Bill Wadley said. “I am very pleased with the way the guys have swam. Hopefully we’ll put together one more day of competing at a high level and then go into finals week next week really excited about this phase of our season.”

Ohio State, utilizing its full complement of swimmers where the visiting teams could only bring a maximum of 24, produced twice the number of finalists than the next highest total (11 by Minnesota) and its 32 total point scorers in individual events Saturday also topped Minnesota and Penn State totals of 14 apiece.

“We’ve had outstanding depth all weekend and we hope it develops into quality outstanding depth,” Wadley said. “We swam really well in the morning. Felipe Travesso broke a 10-year-old school record in the 100 breaststroke and that was really nice to see.

“Quincy Lee went under 48 seconds for the first time in the 100 butterfly and Andrew Olson just missed the school record in the 200 freestyle.”

The evening session’s individual events opened with the 400 individual medley, an event where Ohio State swimmers posted the four fastest preliminary times. Although a Golden Gopher won the event, Buckeyes finished second, third, fourth and fifth, led by Niksa Roki’s NCAA “B” cut time of 3:49.66. He was followed by Austin Mudd (3:53.92), Michael Hulme (3:55.58) and Justin Farra (3:55.82).

Ohio State picked up its fourth individual event win of the Invitational when Andrew Bretscher won the 100 butterfly with a time 47.86. Other Buckeye finalists in the event included Lee (fourth in 48.55), Matthias Sigrist (seventh in 49.37) and Tyler King (eighth in 49.56). Four more Buckeyes scored in the consolation race for a total of eight scorers in the event.

Moments later Olson added to the Buckeyes’ victory total by taking first in the 200 freestyle with an NCAA “B” qualifying time of 1:36.31. Jake Busch was fourth in 1:37.81. Just one-hundredth of a second separated Jason King and Lincoln Fahrbach, who scored points by finishing in 10th and 11th-place, respectively.
Travesso led a 2-3-4 Ohio State finish in the 100 breaststroke with another NCAA “B” qualifying time swim (53.95). Sam Pelkey (third in 54.91) and Daniel Malnick (fourth in 55.37) were other Buckeyes in the top five. Elliott Keefer, Spencer Hewes and Farra were also finalists.

Six more Buckeyes made the finals of the 100 backstroke and another three more were in the consolation finals for a total of nine scorers in the event. Itai Chammah placed second with a time of 49.09 and Roki was third in 49.22.

Ohio State’s top 200-medley relay team of Chammah, Travesso, Lee and Elber took second with a time of 1:28.31. The team’s 800 freestyle relay was second in an NCAA “B” time of 6:33.08. Making up the quartet were Matthias Sigrist, Olson, Bush and Markovic. 

Ohio State placed three in the top eight of three-meter springboard event that was loaded with talent. Sean More was fourth with 403.65 points; Ryan Jefferson was sixth (374.15) and Burkley Showe finished eighth, but he was unable to compete in the finals due to an injury. This coming after he was second in the prelims. The event featured five NCAA All-Americans and two Olympians.
Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invite
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion; Columbus, Ohio
Men’s Team Scores:
1. Ohio State 906.5; 2. Minnesota 596.5; 3. Penn State 432; 4. Notre Dame 243; 5. Cleveland State 181; 6. Purdue 47; 7. Indiana 23; 8. Miami (Fla.) 16; 9. Duke 7; 10. South Carolina 1.
Saturday Event Winners: 200 medley relay 1. Minnesota (1:28.20); 2. Chammah, Travesso, Lee, Elber, Ohio State (1:28.31); 400 individual medley 1. Wold, Minnesota (3:48.29); 2. Roki, Ohio State (3:49.66); 100 butterfly 1. Bretscher, Ohio State (47.86); 200 freestyle 1. Olson, Ohio State, (1:36.31); 100 breaststroke 1. Lee-To, Minnesota, (53.36); 2. Travesso, Ohio State (53.95); 100 backstroke 1. Schirk, Penn State (48.20); 2. Chammah, Ohio State (49.09); Three-meter diving 1. Boudia, Purdue (430.30); 4. Moore, Ohio State (403.65); 800 freestyle relay 1. Minnesota (6:28.99); 2. M. Sigrist, Olson, Busch, Markovic, Ohio State, (6:33.08).