COLUMBUS, Ohio The nationally-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team plays host to Cleveland State on Tuesday at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion. The dual meet is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

The No. 15 Buckeyes improved their record to a perfect 3-0 on Friday after posting a 127-74 win over Miami. Ohio State won eight of 11 events, including two wins from junior Matthias Sigrist in the 200-yard freestyle and 200 butterfly.

Cleveland State is under the direction of Wally Morton, who is in his 27th season with the Vikings. The squad is coming off a second-place finish at the Horizon League Championships last year and returns 14 swimmers from that team. Key returnees include David Duecker and Dan Baiko. Duecker led the Vikings in the distance events and finished with a top time in the 400 individual medley. Baiko finished second in the conference in both the one- and three-meter diving events.

The Vikings also return reigning Horizon League Newcomer of the Year Jakub Dobies. The sophomore set league records in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, while also assisting the team in the relay events.

Cleveland State is coming off a 171-124 loss to Notre Dame on Friday in South Bend. Of the six events won, Dobies led the Vikings with two wins in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events.

Ohio State has won 11, 10 and seven individual events in each of its first three meets against Kenyon, Washington and Miami, respectively. Two Buckeyes junior Matthias Sigrist and freshman Itai Chammah are unbeaten in their respective specialties. Sigrist has won the 200 freestyle in each of the first three races while Chammah has won the 200 backstroke in all three meets to date.

In addition to his three victories in the 200 freestyle, Matthias Sigrist also has two wins in the 200 butterfly to lead all Buckeyes with five individual event wins. Chammah and Matt Voelker two wins in the 50 freestyle and one in the 100 freestyle are tied for second in wins with sophomores Stefan Sigrist (500 freestyle) and Niksa Roki (200 individual medley) tied for fourth on the team with two wins apiece. Junior diver Wes Wieser has win on both the 1- and 3-meter diving boards as well.

The Buckeyes are currently ranked No. 15 in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll. The ranking is based on dual-meet performance. Seven schools represent the Big Ten in the polls. They are Michigan (5), Indiana (9), Minnesota (10), Purdue (14), Ohio State (15), Northwestern (18) and Penn State (25).

Matthias Sigrist led the Ohio State squad with wins in the 200-yard freestyle (1:40.79) and 200 butterfly (1:51.70). Also having a big night were freshmen Phil Seleskie and Elliott Keefer. Seleskie claimed his first collegiate win in the 200 individual medley in a time of 1:53.74. Keefer picked up a victory in the 200 breaststroke (2:04.70) for his first win as a Buckeye.

In the sprints, Matt Voelker came away with a win in the 50 freestyle in a time of 21.00. Itai Chammah won the 200 backstroke (1:50.16) and Stefan Sigrist got the win in the 500 freestyle (4:32.79).

The 400 medley relay team opened the meet with a win for Ohio State. The squad, comprised of senior Daniel Novak, junior Felipe Travesso, Matthias Sigrist and sophomore Joel Elber, touched the wall first in a time of 3:23.93. 

Ohio State will host the third annual Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational, Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Men’s and women’s teams from Notre Dame, South Carolina, Denver, Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota are scheduled to compete.

The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team has been one of the most successful Buckeye athletics programs during the past 60 years, including the past 18 under the guidance of head coach Bill Wadley. Wadley has coached 13 Olympians and his teams have been ranked in the NCAA Top 25 for 15 of the past 18 seasons. Buckeye swimmers and divers have qualified for the NCAA Championships in 16 of Wadley’s 18 years as coach.

Wadley coached the Buckeyes to a third place finish at the 2007 Big Ten Championships and sent nine swimmers and three divers to the NCAA Championships where the team finished 12th, its highest finish since 1983. In all, 11 athletes received honorable mention All-American honors at the meet.
Wadley has compiled a dual-meet record of 158-30 (.843) at Ohio State and has a career record of 182-40 (.820) in 20 seasons as a college head coach. He has produced more than 35 world-ranked swimmers and 13 of his student-athletes have reached the Olympics.
Vince Panzano is head coach of the Ohio State men’s and women’s diving teams. Panzano, who was named the 2007 Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year for the eighth time in his career, has produced one world champion, one junior world champion, two Olympic medalists, 22 U.S. Diving champions, ten NCAA champions, 14 NCAA runners-up, 48 Big Ten champions and 69 NCAA All-Americans.

Post-season action will begin with the 2008 Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., Feb. 28-March 1. Those swimmers and divers that qualify will then travel to Federal Way, Wash., to compete in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, March 27-29.

This is an Olympic Trials year so there is much anticipation by Ohio State swimmers and divers. The  U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials will be held June 30-July 7 in Omaha, Neb., while the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials are set for June 18-22 in Indianapolis, Ind.