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Jan. 24, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 12th-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team battled fifth-ranked Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Saturday afternoon, falling just shy of registering the upset. The Wolverines were victorious in the overall meet, 183-117; however, the Buckeye diving contingent swept Michigan in both events contested.

Veteran Shane Miszkiel and rookie Stephen Romanik posted wins on the 3- and 1-meter apparatuses, respectively. In the 3-meter event, Miszkiel earned the top score of 376.95, while senior Stephen Ettienne took runner-up honors with a 361.75 point total. Completing the Buckeye sweep was Romanik and his classmate, Clay White, claiming third and fourth in the event, respectively. In the 1-meter, Romanik was victorious with a score of 326.55 and White followed in second. Ettienne and Miszkiel rounded out the top-four spots.

On the swimming side, freshman Brayden Seal touched first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 9:05.46. Senior Steven Zimmerman also earned a win for the Scarlet and Gray. He finished first in the 200 backstroke in 1:45.97.

Ohio State claimed the runner-up positions in both relay events. The Buckeye 200 medley relay grouping of Zimmerman, DJ MacDonald, Matt McHugh and Josh Fleagle posted a time of 1:27.97, while the 400 freestyle relay quartet of Fleagle, Michael DiSalle, McHugh and Steffen Hillmer finished in 2:57.44.

In the 200 freestyle, DiSalle placed second (1:37.43), while McHugh touched runner-up in the 100 backstroke (48.43).  MacDonald contributed two more second-place showings for the Buckeyes – 100 breaststroke (55.12) and 200 breaststroke (2:01.94) – and Fleagle added another in the 100 freestyle (44.00).

The Buckeyes return to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion for a dual with West Virginia on Friday, Jan. 30. The meet is scheduled for a 6 p.m. ET start.  

Ohio State Men’s Swimming and Diving
Jan. 24, 2015
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Top Buckeye Finishes: 200 Medley Relay – 2. Zimmerman, MacDonald, McHugh and Fleagle (1:27.97); 1000 Free – 1. Seal (9:05.46); 200 Free – 3. DiSalle (1:37.43); 100 Back – 2. McHugh (48.43); 100 Breast – 2. MacDonald (55.12); 50 Free – 3. Fleagle (20.29); 3-Meter Dive – 1. Miszkiel (376.95); 100 Free – 2. Fleagle (44.00); 200 Back – 1. Zimmerman (1:45.97); 200 Breast – 2. MacDonald (2:01.94); 500 Free – 2. Seal (4:27.85); 1-Meter – 1. Romanik (326.55); 400 Free Relay – 2. Fleagle, DiSalle, McHugh, Hillmer (2:57.44); 200 IM – 3. Gercsak (1:50.84).