COLUMBUS, Ohio The No. 15-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team defeated the University of Washington, 172.5-121.5, Friday at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion. With the win, the Buckeyes improve to 2-0 on the season.

“It was an excellent meet for us and I’m very thrilled with the outcome,” Bill Wadley, head men’s swimming coach, said. “We had great leadership from the seniors and captains and it was great to see the whole team cheering each other on.”

The Buckeye swimmers finished first in seven of 14 events and had eight second-place finishes on the night. The divers, under Coach Vince Panzano, swept both the one- and three-meter events for Ohio State.

The 200-yard medley relay team, comprised of senior Dan Novak, junior Felipe Travesso, sophomore Andrew Bretscher and senior Matt Voelker, opened the meet with a first-place finish in a time of 1:30.49.

Junior Matthias Sigrist followed suit with a win in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:39.55, while Novak captured the 100 backstroke in a time of 50.44 for Ohio State.

“I am very please with Matthias Sigrist,” said Wadley. “It was a great win for him. Dan Novak also swam a great backstroke for us tonight.”

Other individual first place finishers for the Buckeyes were Travesso in the 100 breaststroke (56.35), freshman Itai Chammah in the 200 backstroke (1:49.00), sophomore Daniel Malnik in the 200 breaststroke (2:04.63) and sophomore Niksa Roki in the 200 individual medley (1:52.32).

The divers were led by junior Wes Wieser, who captured both the one- and three-meter boards with scores of 368.48 and 402.75 respectively.

Freshmen Quincy Lee and Elliott Keefer each recorded career-best times in the meet. Lee finished second in the 200 butterfly in a time of 1:49.75, while Keefer took second in the 200 breaststroke in 2:04.76.

The Buckeyes will travel to swim Miami (OH) on Nov. 16 and come back home to take on Cleveland State at 5 p.m. Nov. 20 at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion.  

Men’s Swimming
Ohio State vs. Washington
Friday, Nov. 9, 2007
Columbus, Ohio

Final Team Scores: Ohio State 172.5, University of Washington 121.5

Ohio State Event Winners: 200 medley relay Novak, Travesso, Bretscher, Voelker (1:30.49); 200 freestyle M. Sigrist (1:39.55); 100 backstroke Novak (50.44); 100 breaststroke Travesso (56.35); 200 backstroke Chammah (1:49.00); 200 breaststroke Malnik (2:04.63); 200 individual medley Roki (1:52.32); 1-meter Wieser (368.48); 3-meter Wieser (402.75).