Jan. 23, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 12th-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team dominated Big Ten foe Michigan State Friday evening in East Lansing, Mich. by a score of 168-75. The Buckeyes were solid from the start, earning two McCaffree Pool records and sweeping the diving both diving events.

The Scarlet and Gray kicked off the evening, going one-two in the 400 medley relay. Behind swims from Steven Zimmerman, DJ MacDonald, Matt McHugh and Michael DiSalle, Ohio State’s ‘A’ relay placed first in a pool-record time of 3:17.27. They were followed by the crew of Connor McDonald, Keanu Stevenson, Ching Lim and Josh Fleagle, who combined for a mark of 3:19.60.

Ohio State’s diving contingent came out very strong, sweeping the competition in both events. Veterans Stephen Ettienne and Shane Miszkiel finished one-two in the 1-meter event, while rookie Stephen Romanik continued to impress with a third-place showing. Romanik went on to win the 3-meter with a score of 383.02. Miszkiel earned the runner-up spot in the event and Ettienne completed the Buckeye trio in third.

Buckeye distance standout Brayden Seal then posted a win in the 1000 freestyle. The rookie touched in a time of 9:25.87. Junior Josh Fleagle continued the momentum with a win of his own, this time in the 200 freestyle. With a pool-record time of 1:38.18, Fleagle wasn’t alone at the podium, as teammates Steffen Hillmer and Lim also made the top-3.

DiSalle earned his first individual win, and second overall, in the 50 freestyle in a time of 21.15. In the 100 butterfly, it was DiSalle’s relay counterpart McHugh who claimed victory, finishing in a time of 49.02.

Rookie Jack DiSalle brought home a win in the 100 freestyle (46.80), while Zimmerman, a senior this season, claimed the 100 backstroke in 49.42. MacDonald placed first in his trademark 100 breaststroke, posting a time of 55.63.

The Buckeyes closed the meet with a second-place showing in the 200 freestyle relay. Kevin Musterait, Thomas Trace, Nick Brodie and Vladislav Komarov represented the Scarlet and Gray for the runner-up spot, earning a mark of 1:23.96.

Tomorrow, Ohio State will head to Ann Arbor for a showdown with rival Michigan. The meet is scheduled to begin at noon. 

Ohio State Men’s Swimming and Diving
Jan. 23, 2015
East Lansing, Mich. 

Buckeye Wins: 400 IM – 1. Zimmerman, MacDonald, McHugh, DiSalle (3:17.27); 1000 Free – 1. Seal (9:25.87); 200 Free – 1. Fleagle (1:38.18); 50 Free – 1. DiSalle (21.15); 100 Fly – 1. McHugh (49.02); 100 Free – DiSalle (46.80); 100 Back – 1. Zimmerman (49.42); 100 Breast – 1. MacDonald (55.63); 1-Meter – 1. Ettienne (353.85); 3-Meter – 1. Romanik (383.02).