COLUMBUS, Ohio The ninth-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team is fifth after day one of the 2009 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving championships held at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. 

Michigan has the lead with 277.5 points, while Minnesota and Indiana are tied for second with 154 points. Rounding out the top five are Purdue in fourth (142) and Ohio State close behind in fifth (136).

“Overall, it was a good start for the team,” Bill Wadley, head men’s swimming coach, said. “There were a lot of good swims for our individuals. We knew going into the meet that second-fifth place was going to be a tough battle and so far it is. We need to continue to hang in there and have a better session tomorrow.”

Buckeyes started the evening with a sixth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of Joel Elber, Andrew Olson, Felipe Travesso and Andrew Bretscher set a new school record with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:18.85, beating the 2007 team by .01 seconds.

In the next race, Ohio State’s George Markovic picked up a third-place finish in the 500 freestyle in a “B” time of 4:17.89. The junior’s time of 4:17.60 in the preliminary round bested his previous school record set last year by three seconds.

Also setting a new school mark was the 400 medley relay squad of Itai Chammah, Travesso, Chuck Allison and Elber. The team finished third in a “B” time of 3:10.31.

On the diving side of competition, all three Buckeye divers scored points on the one-meter springboard event. Junior Burkley Showe took fourth (378.75), junior Ryan Jefferson was eighth (324.15) and sophomore Sean Moore took ninth (337.90).

Junior Joel Elber was Ohio State’s high scorer in the 50 freestyle, finishing eighth in 20.12. His time of 19.76 in the preliminaries was a career-best and an NCAA “B” cut time.

Scoring points for the Buckeyes in the 200 individual medley were sophomores Justin Farra and Phil Seleskie and freshman Markus Sievers. Farra took ninth in a “B” time and personal-best time of 1:46.99. Sievers was 12th in a “B” time of 1:47.71, while Seleskie took 15th in 1:48.46.

The Buckeyes continue competition Friday and will conclude the meet on Saturday evening.

Ohio State Swimming and Diving
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009
2009 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships
Boilermaker Aquatic Center; West Lafayette, Ind.
Team Scores: 1. Michigan 277.5; 2. Minnesota 154; 2. Indiana 154; 4. Purdue 142; 5. Ohio State 136; 6. Wisconsin 74.5; 7. Northwestern 69; 8. Penn State 65; 9. Iowa 56; 10. Michigan State 14.
Thursday Event Winners: 200 freestyle relay 1. Michigan (1:17.70); 6. Elber, Olson, Travesso, Bretscher Ohio State (1:18.85); 500 freestyle 1. Patton (Michigan) 4:15.65; 3. Markovic Ohio State (4:17.89); 200 individual medley 1. Clary Michigan (1:43.23); 9. Farra Ohio State (1:46.99); 50 freestyle 1. Langenfeld Purdue (19.34); 8. Elber Ohio State (20.12); 400 medley relay 1. Michigan (3:07.16); 3. Chammah, Travesso, Allison, Elber Ohio State (3:10.31); One-meter 1. Boudia Purdue (446.65); 4. Showe Ohio State (378.75).