Feb. 7, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fourth-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team dominated Wright State, 159-106, in dual-meet action Friday evening at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeye swimmers posted top times in 14 events, while the divers contributed 22 points with two first-place showings from junior Stephen Ettienne

The Buckeyes started the meet in winning fashion with a first-place touch in the 200 medley relay. Behind swims from Garrett Trebilcock, Keanu Stevenson, Tim Phillips and Josh Fleagle Ohio State recorded a time of 1:29.65 for the top spot. Runner-up went to the Buckeye contingent of Connor McDonald, Kevin Bressler, Mark Belanger and Vladislav Komarov. In all, OSU gained an early 15 points toward its total. 

In the 1000 freestyle, Ohio State swept its competition placing first, second and third. Junior Alex Osterhage claimed the victory in a season-best 9:28.95, while freshman Joey Long earned second in 9:41.59. Long’s classmate Jack Hendricks completed the trio with a time of 9:48.28 for third. 

Freestyle standout Josh Fleagle continued Ohio State’s dominance in the 200 freestyle. The Buckeye sophomore finished with a mark of 1:38.05. He was followed closely by teammates Alex Miller and Ian Betts, who placed second (1:38.50) and third (1:41.47), respectively. 

The 100 backstroke event was next on the agenda, a race which also went to the Buckeyes. Freshman Andrew Appleby finished out front with a time of 51.17. Sam Decker, a sophomore from Canal Winchester, Ohio, placed second in 52.35. 

Touching first in 57.27, the 100 breaststroke went to Trebilcock. It was the Buckeye senior’s second win of the evening, as well as his first reported time in the event this season. 

Sophomore Chris DePietro was yet another Buckeye to earn a win when he touched first in the 200 butterfly. Continuing the momentum, Michael DiSalle concluded the introductory portion of the meet with a first-place showing in the 50 freestyle (21.07). 

Following a brief break in action, Ohio State competed in the 100 freestyle. Tim Phillips, an All-American last season, recorded the top time with a mark of 45.00. He was followed closely by Big Ten Freshman of the Week Matt McHugh, who took second in 46.72. 

The Buckeyes posted their ninth win of the evening in the 200 backstroke. Junior Rowan Williams was first to touch with a recorded time of 1:52.82. 

In the 200 breaststroke, DJ MacDonald, a sophomore this season, was first to finish.  A native of Toledo, Ohio, MacDonald posted a time of 2:02.17. Ohio State placed one, two in the event, with a runner-up performance from John Zucca (2:09.94). 

Beginning with the 500 freestyle, Ohio State competed in each swimming event as an exhibition. However, freshman Steffen Hillmer recorded the top time in the 500 freestyle by touching in 4:31.22. 

Sophomore Peter Lyon posted a season-best 50.45 in the 100 butterfly. In the 200 individual medley, senior Michael Gallagher came away with time of 1:52.27, the fastest among the competition. Gallagher’s swim counted toward the team total. 

The final swimming event of the evening – the 200 freestyle relay – ended with Ohio State’s 14th top time.  

From the diving well, Ohio State also put together a solid performance. Ettienne, recently named Big Ten Diver of the Week, earned first on the 3-meter apparatus (423.98), while freshman Alex Gonzalez took the runner-up spot (346.50). On the 1-meter dive, Ettienne claimed his second win with a final score of 383.03. 

Over the next two days, the Buckeyes will welcome competitors from Wright State, Buffalo, Toledo, Penn State, Akron, Eastern Michigan and Ball State for the Ohio State Winter Invitational. The competition schedule follows:

Ohio State Winter Invite
Saturday, Feb. 8 – Prelims 11 p.m. – Finals 5 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 9 – Prelims 10 a.m. – Finals 4 p.m. 

Ohio State Men’s Swimming and Diving
Friday, Feb. 7, 2014
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion – Columbus, Ohio

Team Scores: Ohio State 159, Wright State 106

Top Buckeye Finishes: 200 medley relay – 1. Trebilcock, Stevenson, Phillips and Fleagle (1:29.65); 1000 freestyle – 1. Osterhage (9:28.95); 200 freestyle – 1. Fleagle (1:38.05); 100 backstroke – 1. Appleby (51.17); 100 breaststroke – 1. Trebilcock (57.27); 200 butterfly – 1. Depietro (1:53.76); 50 freestyle – 1. DiSalle (21.07); 3-meter dive – 1. Ettienne (423.98); 100 freestyle – 1. Phillips (45.00); 200 backstroke – 1. Williams (1:52.82); 200 breaststroke – 1. MacDonald (2:02.17); 500 freestyle – Hillmer (4:31.22); 100 butterfly – Lyon (50.45); 1-meter dive – 1. Ettienne (383.03); 200 IM – 1. Gallagher (1:52.27).