Jan. 18, 2014
GAMBIER, Ohio – Junior Tamas Gercsak won both the 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley as No. 11 Ohio State finished in first place at Kenyon Winter Invite on Saturday. The Buckeyes totaled 741 points, ahead of Oakland (347), Kenyon (324), Cincinnati (188) and Ashland (125).
Overall, Ohio State won seven of the eight races on the day and was led by a balanced attack that included individual wins by five different swimmers.
The day’s action got started with the 400 medley relay where the team of Tim Phillips, Steven Zimmerman, Keanu Stevenson and Josh Fleagle touched the wall first with a time of 3:16.64. In the next event, the 1000 freestyle, senior Alex Miller continued his stellar campaign with a first-place finish (9:15.61). Sophomore Jovan Mitrovic finished second (9:30.59).
In the 200 individual medley, Gercsak earned his first individual win of the day (1:51.77). He was followed in second place by Dmitry Dolgov (1:52.14).
Michael DiSalle finished second in the 200 freestyle (1:39.60) and Ohio State got right back to its winning ways in the next event, the 50 freestyle, as Fleagle touched the wall first in 20.56.
Zimmerman claimed a victory in the 200 backstroke (1:47.56) and DJ MacDonald followed that up with a win in the 200 breaststroke (2:02.95). Ohio State was particularly dominant in the 200 breaststroke, as the Buckeyes had the top four finishers.
Gercsak notched his second individual win of the day in the next event, the 200 butterfly (1:50.85), and the day’s action closed out with the 400 freestyle relay, which was won by the team of DiSalle, Phillips, Steffen Hillmer and Fleagle (2:59.02).
Ohio State returns to action next Saturday, Jan. 25, when it travels to Ypsilanti, Mich., for a tri-meet with Eastern Michigan and Ball State.
Ohio State Men’s Swimming and Diving
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014
Team Scores: Ohio State 741, Cincinnati 374, Kenyon 324, Cincinnati 188, Ashland 125
Top Buckeye Finishes: 400 medley relay – 1. Phillips, Zimmerman, Stevenson, Fleagle (3:16.64); 1000 freestyle – 1. Miller (9:15.01); 200 individual medley – 1. Gercsak (1:51.77); 200 freestyle – 2. DiSalle (1:39.60); 50 freestyle – 1. Fleagle (20.56); 200 backstroke – 1. Zimmerman (1:47.56); 200 breaststroke – 1. MacDonald (2:02.95); 200 butterfly – 1. Gercsak (1:50.85); 400 freestyle relay – 1. DiSalle, Phillips, Hillmer, Fleagle (2:59.02)