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Jan. 31, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 12th-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team notched wins over No. 4 Louisville, 190-110, and No. 9 Indiana, 187-113, Saturday afternoon at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes had an outstanding day overall, earning wins in 10 events, while recognizing 15 seniors prior to the meet. 

The quartet of veterans Steven Zimmerman, Keanu Stevenson, Matt McHugh and Josh Fleagle kicked off the afternoon meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:27.98.

The 1000 freestyle came down to the final leg as Louisville’s Marcelo Acosta outlasted Buckeye rookie Brayden Seal for the win. Seal earned runner-up honors with a time of 9:09.74. Senior Michael DiSalle followed it up with a top-three finish in the 200 freestyle (1:37.81).

McHugh picked up another win for the Buckeyes, as he took first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 47.71. DJ MacDonald had a solid showing in the 100 breaststroke, recording a second-place finish (54.91).

Before a break in competition, the Buckeyes claimed back-to-back wins in the 200 butterfly by Tamas Gercsak (1:47.21) and 50 freestyle by Fleagle (20.08).

Returning to racing, Fleagle continued to dominate, earning a first-place touch in the 100 freestyle with a time of 44.24.

The seniors maintained the momentum as Zimmerman asserted a second first-place time of 1:45.49 in the 200 backstroke. Ohio State had three swimmers – MacDonald, Stevenson and Andrew Braun – post top-five times in the 200 breaststroke.

Seal took control of the 500 freestyle with a solid time of 4:26.99 for the win. In the 100 butterfly, McHugh placed first with a time 47.84. Ching Hwang Lim added first-place points for the Buckeyes with a top time of 1:48.44 in the 200 individual medley.

Buckeye swimming rounded out the meet with a first-place touch in the 400 freestyle relay. With a contingent of Fleagle, McHugh, DiSalle and Steffen Hillmer, the Buckeyes finished in a time of 2:57.24.

In the three-meter diving event, senior standout Stephen Ettienne earned third with a finals score of 382.20. Also, finishing in the top-five in the event was veteran Shane Miszkiel, who placed fourth. The 1-meter event mirrored its counterpart in terms of standings, with Ettienne again claiming third (370.65) and Miszkiel placing fourth.

The Buckeyes return to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion for a dual meet vs. Wright State on Saturday, Feb. 7 at noon. 

Ohio State Men’s Swimming and Diving
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion – Columbus, Ohio
Jan. 31, 2015


Team Scores
Ohio State – 187, Indiana – 113
Ohio State – 190, Louisville 110

Top Buckeye Finishes: 200 Medley Relay – 1. Zimmerman, Stevenson, McHugh, Fleagle (1:27.98), 1000 Freestyle – 2. Seal (9:09.74), 200 Freestyle – 3. DiSalle (1:37.81), 100 Backstroke – 1. McHugh (47.71), 100 Breaststroke – 2. Macdonald (54.91), 200 Butterfly – 1. Gercsak (1:47.21), 50 Freestyle – 1. Fleagle (20.08), 100 Freestyle – 1.Fleagle (44.24), 200 Backstroke – 1. Zimmerman (1:45.49), 200 Breaststroke – 2. Macdonald (2:00.61), 500 Freestyle – 1. Seal (4:26.99), 100 Butterfly – 1. McHugh (47.84), 200 Individual Medley – 1. Lim (1:48.44), 400 Freestyle Relay – 1. (1:21.28), 3-meter – 3. Ettienne (382.20), 1-meter – 3. Ettienne (370.65); 400 Freestyle Relay – 1. Fleagle, McHugh, DiSalle and Hillmer (2:57.24).