COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State is off to a fast and promising start at the 2011 NCAA Swimming and Diving championships, taking place at the University of Minnesota’s University Aquatics Center. The Buckeyes scored points off two relays and on the 1-meter springboard and are in 11th-place after the first of three days of fast swimming in Minnesota.
Sparking Ohio State Thursday was the 400 medley relay team that earned All-America honors and the 200 freestyle relay team that produced honorable mention All-America honors. Junior Lincoln Fahrbach and sophomore Tim Phillips were members of both teams.
The 400 medley relay, after drowning the school record in the prelims by more than a second in 3:07.68 to make the championship final, finished fifth in 3:08.19 for 28 points. Junior Andrew Elliott, senior Elliott Keefer, Phillips and Fahrbach were Ohio State’s four racers.
The 200 freestyle relay team of sophomore Jason Schnur, Fahrbach, sophomore Zach Birnbrich and Phillips also broke the school record with a 1:17.81 time in prelims. The four came back to go 1:18.13 in the finals, good for an 11th-place finish and 12 points.
Freshman Christian Holstein, competing in his first NCAA championships, earned honorable mention All-America honors by finishing 16th on the 1-meter with 309.95 points.
A third school record was tied Thursday and a fourth time was a personal best, meaning 66.7 percent of Ohio State’s six swims during the prelims were either faster or as fast as ever. And that’s what Wadley trains his swimmers to do.
Senior Justin Farra, competing in his first NCAA championships, placed 21st in the 200 individual medley and tied his own school record with a swim of 1:44.86 in the prelims. Junior Markus Sievers was 30th in 1:46.17.
Two sprint freestylers competing in their first NCAAs also competed individually Thursday. Schnur set a personal best with a time of 19.79 in the 50 freestyle to finish 29th and Birnbrich swam a time of 20.51.
Texas, Stanford and California are all with five points of each other after the first day with Auburn in fourth and Arizona in fifth. The championships continue Friday with NCAA champions to be crowned in eight more events.
2011 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships
Day 1 Team Scores: 1. Texas 139, Stanford 136, California 134, Auburn 110.5, 5. Arizona 99; Also 11. Ohio State 41
Event Winners: 200 free relay – 1. Stanford (1:15.26); 11. Schnur, Fahrbach, Birnbrich, Phillips, Ohio State (1:18.13); 500 freestyle – 1. McLean, Virginia (4:10.15); 200 individual medley – 1. Staab, Stanford (1:41.57; 21. Farra, Ohio State (1:44.86); 50 freestyle – 1. Adrian, Cal (18.66); 29. Schnur, Ohio State (19.79); 1-meter diving – 1. Boudia, Purdue (461.00); 16. Holstein, Ohio State (309.95); 400 medley relay – 1. California, (3:02.28), 5. Elliott, Keefer, Phillips, Fahrbach, Ohio State (3:08.19).