Oct. 31, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team continued its strong start to the season, with a 163.5-115.5 win over Kenyon on Friday evening at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

The “A” team of Steven Zimmerman, DJ MacDonald, Matt McHugh and Josh Fleagle kicked off the competition with a win in the 200 medley relay (1:29.17). The Buckeyes completed a sweep of the top-three spots, earning 15 points toward the team total.

In the 1000 freestyle, rookie Brayden Seal finished in first place (9:20.60). Seal just out-touched his Buckeye teammate Jovan Mitrovic, who was runner-up with a time of 9:20.79. Steffen Hillmer followed it up with a win in the 200 freestyle (1:39.11), continuing to build momentum for the Scarlet and Gray.

Zimmerman earned his second win of the meet in the 100 backstroke (49.00), while his relay partner MacDonald also picked up another win by touching first in the 100 breaststroke (54.96). In the 200 butterfly, freshman Ching Lim placed first in a time of 1:49.47.

The 50 freestyle event went to Fleagle, who recorded a mark of 20.30. The Buckeye junior went back-to-back with first-place touches, winning the 100 freestyle in 44.33 as well.

Finishing fastest for the third time vs. the Lords, Zimmerman claimed the 200 backstroke in 1:47.17. MacDonald was the next repeat offender for the Scarlet and Gray, earning first place in the 200 breaststroke (2:00.17).

Completing a sweep in distance events, Seal earned a win in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:31.34.

Near the conclusion of the meet Ohio State competed in a non-scoring fashion. However, McHugh posted the fastest time in the 100 butterfly (49.20), while Gercsak touched first in the 200 individual medley (1:50.90). The Buckeyes also outlasted the Lords in the 400 freestyle relay behind swims from Fleagle, Andrew Appleby, Vladislov Komarov and Steffen Hillmer (3:01.19).

In diving, Stephen Romanik earned a top score of 386.70 in the 1-meter competition, while Stephen Ettienne posted a 411.23 on the three-meter dive.
Next up, Ohio State will welcome Princeton and Denison at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion for a two-day, double-dual meet Nov. 7-8. On Friday, races will begin at 5 p.m., while competition will resume Saturday at 11 a.m.

Ohio State Men’s Swimming and Diving
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion – Columbus, Ohio
Oct. 31, 2014

Team Score:
Ohio State 163.5, Cleveland State 115.5

Top Buckeye Times: 200 Medley Relay – 1. Zimmerman, MacDonald, McHugh, Fleagle (1:29.17); 1000 Free – 1. Seal (9:20.60); 200 Free – Hillmer (1:39.11); 100 Back – 1. Zimmerman (49.00); 100 Breast – 1. MacDonald (54.96); 200 Fly – 1. Lim (1:49.47); 50 Free – 1. Fleagle (20.30); 100 Freestyle – 1. Fleagle (44.33); 200 Back – Zimmerman (1:47.17); 200 Breast – 1. MacDonald (2:00.17); 500 Free – 1. Seal (4:31.34); 100 Fly – McHugh (49.20); 200 IM – Gercsak (1:50.90); 400 Free Relay – Fleagle, Appleby, Komarov, Hillmer (3:01.19); 1-Meter Dive –Romanik (386.70); 3-Meter Dive – Ettienne (411.23).