Feb. 27, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With a new school record set in the 400 medley relay, the seventh-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team concluded the second day of the 2014 Big Ten Championships Thursday in third place. The Buckeyes have accumulated 158 points during their time at the conference showcase, hosted by the University of Michigan.
Rowan Williams, a junior this season, was the top Buckeye finisher in the 500 freestyle. The Ottawa Hills, Ohio native posted a time of 4:18.64, a personal best. Senior standout Alex Miller took 17th, touching in 4:20.70.
Moving on to the 200 indivdiual medley, Buckeyes Steven Zimmerman and Tamas Gercsak finished back-to-back in 13th and 14th, respectively. Zimmerman touched in a NCAA “B” cut time of 1:46.75, while Gercsak also picked up the mark with a 1:46.96 showing.
In the 50 freestyle, Ohio State qualified two competitors for the championship A Final – Michael DiSalle and Tim Phillips. With a personal-best time of 19.71, DiSalle swam to a fifth-place finish. The Buckeye junior earned 14 points toward Ohio State’s team total. Coming off an injury, Phillips dropped a time of 19.95 for eighth. Sophomore Josh Fleagle also scored for the Buckeyes in the event with a 14th-place showing.
Swimming events then took a brief break for the 1-meter diving competition. Junior Stephen Ettienne finished with a strong finals score of 374.95 for third place. It was his first career Big Ten finals appearance.
Ohio State saved the best for last with the final event of the evening, the 400 medley relay. Behind swims from Connor McDonald, DJ MacDonald, Matt McHugh and DiSalle, the Buckeye quartet took the runner-up spot with a school-record time of 3:06.63. Previously, the record was 3:07.68, posted during the 2011 season by Andrew Elliott, Elliott Keefer, Phillips and Lincoln Fahrbach.
Tomorrow the Buckeyes will return to action, competing in the 200 freestyle relay, 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 3-meter diving events. Preliminaries are scheduled for 11 a.m. ET, while finals will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Ohio State Men’s Swimming and Diving
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
Ann Arbor, Mich. – Canham Natatorium
Current Team Standings:
1. Michigan – 308
2. Indiana – 216
3. Ohio State – 158
4. Penn State – 154
5. Minnesota – 141
6. Wisconsin – 118
7. Purdue – 113
8. Northwestern – 79
9. Iowa – 68
10. Michigan State – 52
Top Buckeye Finishes: 500 freestyle – 9. Williams (4:18.64); 200 IM – 13. Zimmerman (1:46.75); 50 freestyle – 5. DiSalle (19.71); 1-meter dive – 3. Ettienne (374.95); 400 medley relay – McDonald, Macdonald, McHugh, DiSalle (3:06.63).