Oct. 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In front of a capacity crowd at Lancaster Aquatics Center, the Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team opened the season Friday evening with a 176-122 at Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. The Buckeyes claimed wins in 11 events vs. the Wildcats and head swimming coach Bill Wadley was pleased with the team’s effort to begin the 2013-14 campaign.
“I am very pleased with the teamwork and brotherhood displayed by our guys tonight,” said Wadley, who began his 25th season at the helm of the Buckeyes, claiming his 215th win at Ohio State. “The fight displayed by the team was excellent and for this time of year we swam some very good times. It’s always nice to win, especially, against a very good SEC team.”
In all, 11 different Buckeyes were a part of a victory vs. the Wildcats. Junior Josh Fleagle collected two individual wins, while senior Tamas Gercsak, Keanu Stevenson, Steven Zimmerman, DJ MacDonald, Connor McDonald, Alex Miller, Michael DiSalle and Jovan Mitrovic also touched the wall first in their respective races.
The Scarlet and Gray began the night with a victory in the 200 medley relay that included Zimmerman, Stevenson, Fleagle and freshman Matt McHugh. The squad posted a time of 1.29.29. Ohio State then went on to score first in four-consecutive events.
Mitrovic, a native of Lugano, Switzerland, touched the wall with a personal- best time of 9:18.11 for the victory in the 1000 freestyle, while DiSalle downed his opponents in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:39.71. Zimmerman broke 50 seconds on the 100 backstroke with a time of 49.24. Stevenson earned first in the 100 breaststroke after recording a time of 59.23.
Gercsak and Fleagle picked up second-place finishes in the 200 butterfly and 50 freestyle, respectively. Fleagle, a native of St. Marys, Ohio, then swam the following event in the 100 freestyle and notched a time of 45.01 for first overall. In the 200 backstroke, McDonald sped his way to a time 1:47.93 of 200 backstroke for first place followed by McDonald, who claimed first in the 200 breaststroke at 2:02.77.
Miller boasted his first win of the season in his specialty event, the 500 freestyle, with a time of 4:32.02. In the 100 butterfly, Trebilcock had a strong showing for second overall at 50.20. Gercsak followed with his win in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:52.67.
The Buckeye swimmers wrapped up competition with a first-place win in the 400 freestyle relay as Fleagle, Stevenson, DiSalle and freshman Steffen Hillmer touched the wall first with a time of 3:01.20.
In diving, junior Stephen Ettienne led the Scarlet and Gray, posting a runner-up performance in the 3-meter dive and a third-place finish in the 1-meter dive. Also, Ohio State diving coach Justin Sochor made his Buckeye debut vs. the Wildcats.
Ohio State will next host its annual Scarlet and Gray exhibition Oct. 18 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Ohio State Men’s Swimming and Diving
Friday, Oct. 11, 2013
Team Scores: Ohio State 176, Kentucky 122
Ohio State Top Finishes: 200 medley relay –1. Zimmerman, Stevenson, McHugh, Fleagle (1:29.29); 1000 freestyle – 1. Mitrovic (9:18.11); 200 freestyle –1. DiSalle (1:39.71); 100 backstroke – 1. Zimmerman (49.24); 100 breaststroke – 1. Stevenson (56.23); 200 butterfly – 2. Gercsak (1:51.28); 50 freestyle – 2. Fleagle (20.63); 100 freestyle – 1. Fleagle (45.01); 200 backstroke – 1. McDonald (1:47.93); 200 breaststroke – 1. MacDonald (2:02.77); 500 freestyle – 1. Miller (4:32.02); 100 butterfly – 2. Trebilcock (50.20); 200 IM – 1. Gercsak (1:52.67); 400 freestyle relay – 1. Fleagle, Stevenson, Hillmer and DiSalle (3:01.20); 3-meter diving – 2. Ettienne (333.53); 1- meter diving – 3. Ettienne (302.40).