COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s swimming team hosted the Ohio State Last Ditch NCAA Qualifier Sunday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The meet gave participating swimmers a final opportunity to qualify for the 2009 NCAA Championships held March 26-28 in College Station, Texas.

“We were very please with today’s results,” Bill Wadley, head men’s swimming coach, said. “I am very happy for the team and proud of their efforts. They have worked so hard all season in attempt to qualify for the NCAA championships.” 

Ohio State had record-breaking performances by a trio of Buckeyes. Freshman Andrew Elliott set a new school record in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 47.38. Senior Felipe Travesso broke his own school record in the 100 breaststroke by swimming a “B” time of 53.32.

Junior Stefan Sigrist continued his dominance in the 1,650 freestyle, breaking his own record with a time of 15:01.33. His previous record was 15:02.91, which he set at the Big Ten meet last weekend. Both swimmers picked up NCAA “B” qualifying times with their finishes.

Other Buckeyes earning season-best NCAA “B” qualifying times were senior Jacob Busch and sophomores Elliott Keefer and Chuck Allison. Busch swam a time of 1:36.55 in the 200 freestyle. Keefer and Allison swam career-best times on the 200 breaststroke (1:55.88) and 100 butterfly (47.03), respectively.

Qualified swimmers will advance to the 2009 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving championships held in College Station, Texas, March 26-28.