Nov. 1, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 11 Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team moved to 5-0 on the season with wins over Virginia Tech, Cleveland State and Denison on Friday evening at The Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Scarlet and Gray defeated Virginia Tech 156.50-135.50, Cleveland State 201.00-91.00 and Denison 202.00-90.00. Buckeye standouts included freshman Matt McHugh and sophomore Josh Fleagle, who each won multiple events.

“This was a very competitive meet, just as we knew it would be,” said Ohio State head coach Bill Wadley. “I think it was exactly what we needed at this time of the season. Our kids swam hard and won the closes races, which was ultimately the difference in the meet. You have to give it up to Matt [McHugh] and Josh [Fleagle] for their great performances tonight. I really like where this team is at right now – we’re gelling and coming together well as a group.”

Ohio State kicked off the evening with a first place finish in the 200 yard medley relay from the team of Steven Zimmerman, Keanu Stevenson, McHugh and Fleagle, who earned a time of 1:28.41. The foursome of Ryan Bubb, DJ MacDonald, Gavin Trebilcock and Michael DiSalle were not far behind in third place with a time of 1:30.40.

Alex Miller was able to maintain the Buckeyes’ early momentum when he took first place in the 1000 yard freestyle, finishing in 9:09.36.Teammate Jovan Mitrovic finished in fourth place (9:19.90).

In the 200 yard freestyle, Steffen Hillmer finished in second place with a final time of 1:38.15.

Moving on to the 100 yard backstroke, the Buckeyes had the top two finishers in McHugh, the reigning Big Ten Freshmen of the Week, and Zimmerman. McHugh clocked a time of 48.79 while Zimmerman was not far behind with a 48.94.

Ohio State also went one-two in the 100 yard backstroke, led by a first-place finish from MacDonald (56.47) and second place showing from Stevenson (56.50).

Fleagle won the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 20.29, narrowly edging out Joe Bonk of Virginia Tech.

Fleagle continued his stellar performance in the next event, the 100 yard freestyle, winning the event with a time of 44.60.

In the 200 yard backstroke, Connor McDonald finished in first place, clocking a time of 1:46.46. Zimmerman was second at 1:47.46. Ohio State dominated the 200 yard breaststroke, notching the top four finishers in Chris Cowley (first, 2:04.04), Dimitry Dolgov (second, 2:04.47), MacDonald (third, 2:04.47) and Stevenson (fourth, 2:05.91).

Ohio State continued its strong performance in the 500 yard freestyle as Miller took with place with a time of 4:25.69. Hillmer was third in 4:31.96.

Christian Holstein took first place in the 3-meter dive (382.20) while reigning Big Ten Diver of the Week Stephen Ettienne was third (343.10).

Ohio State will return to action Friday, Nov. 8 when it takes on Big Ten foes Purdue, Iowa and Northwestern in West Lafayette, Ind.

Ohio State Men’s Swimming and Diving
Friday, Nov. 1, 2013
Columbus, Ohio

Team scores: Ohio State 156.50, Virginia Tech 135.50; Virginia Tech 251.00, Denison 49.00; Ohio State 202.00, Denison 90.00; Virginia Tech 252.00, Cleveland State 48.00; Ohio State 201.00, Cleveland State 91.00; Denison 180.00, Cleveland State 120.00

Top Buckeye Finishes: 200 yard medley relay – 1. Zimmerman, Stevenson, McHugh, Fleagle (1:28.41); 1000 yard freestyle – 1. Miller (9:09.36); 200 yard freestyle – 2. Hillmer (1:38.15); 100 yard backstroke – 1. McHugh (48.79); 100 yard backstroke – 1. MacDonald (56.47); 200 yard butterfly 2. Tama Gercsak (1:48.97); 50 yard freestyle – 1. Fleagle (20.29); 100 yard freestyle – 1. Fleagle (44.60); 200 yard backstroke – 1. Connor McDonald (1:46.46); 200 yard breaststroke – 1. Chris Cowley (2:04.04); 500 yard freestyle – 1. Alex Miller (4:25.69).