COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs host the third annual Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational Friday, Nov. 30 thru Sunday, Dec. 2 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Competitors from as many as 13 universities will be represented at this year’s invite, including:

Swimming Teams                             Diving Teams
Women’s Teams          Men’s Teams         Alabama
Bowling Green          Denver              Arizona State
Denver                 Iowa                Bowling Green
Iowa                   Minnesota           Denver
Michigan State         Notre Dame          Iowa
Minnesota              Ohio State          Minnesota
Ohio State             Michigan State      Notre Dame
Illinois                                   Ohio State

The meet will be contested in a similar fashion to the Big Ten and NCAA championship meets, respectively. Preliminaries will be held in the morning with the finals in those events contested that evening. The 2007 Invite schedule is as follows:

Friday, Nov. 30
11 a.m. Preliminaries
 500 Freestyle
 200 Individual Medley
 50 Freestyle

2 p.m. Diving Preliminaries

6 p.m. Swimming Finals
 200 Freestyle Relay
 500 Freestyle
 200 Individual Medley
 50 Freestyle
 400 Medley Relay

7 p.m. 1-Meter Diving Finals

Saturday, Dec. 1
10 a.m. Swimming Preliminaries
 400 Individual Medley
 100 Butterfly
 200 Freestyle
 100 Breaststroke
 100 Backstroke

1 p.m. Diving Preliminaries

5 p.m. Swimming Finals
 200 Medley Relay
 400 Individual Medley
 100 Butterfly
 200 Freestyle
 100 Breaststroke
 100 Backstroke
 800 Freestyle Relay

7 p.m. 3-Meter Diving Finals

Sunday, Dec. 2
9 a.m. Swimming Preliminaries
 200 Backstroke
 100 Freestyle
 200 Breaststroke
 200 Butterfly
 1,650 Freestyle

Noon 10-Meter Diving Finals

3 p.m. Swimming Finals
 1,650 Freestyle
 200 Backstroke
 100 Freestyle
 200 Breaststroke
 200 Butterfly
 400 Freestyle Relay

Dedicated October 14, 2005, the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion is the newest addition to Ohio State’s top-notch athletic facilities. Considered one of the finest competition pools and diving wells in the nation, the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion’s new technology provides a venue for some of the fastest times and best diving in the country. The Pavilion consists of the Mike Peppe Natatorium and the Ron O’Brien Diving Well. Holding nearly 1.56 million gallons of water in the entire facility, the Pavilion is part of Ohio State’s new Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC). Championship competitions held or to be held in the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion include:

  • 2008 Toyota Grand Prix at The Ohio State University (April 4-6)
  • 2008 Women’s NCAA Championships (March 20-22)
  • 2008 NCAA Diving Zones (March 14-16)
  • 2008 Women’s Big Ten Championships (Feb. 21-23)
  • 2007 Men’s Big Ten Championships
  • 2006 Women’s Big Ten Championships
  • 2006 NCAA Zone C Diving Competition
  • 2006 McCorkle Long Course Classic
  • 2006 Peppe/Bruce Invitational
  • 2006 International Diving Invitational

The Peppe Natatorium, named for the former Ohio State head coach, features a 50-meter competition pool and a 1,284 spectator seating. Among the Natatorium’s features:

  • 14,156 square foot competitive pool of 934,324 gallons 
  • 50-meter x 25-meter Competition Pool
  • Two moveable bulkheads 
  • Parapet gutters on ends
  • Rollout gutters on sides
  • 20’ decks on all sides of pool
  • One ten-lane 50-meter competition course
  • Two ten-lane 25-yard competition courses
  • Two ten-lane 25-meter competition courses
  • 510 deck seating capacity
  • 1,284 spectator seating capacity

The O’Brien Diving Well consists of 3-centerline towers and the ability to have 1-meter springboards on three sides of the well and 3-meter springboards on four sides of the well. The diving well includes:

  • 4,638 square foot diving pool of 536,792 gallons
  • 154 square foot spa of 2,192 gallons
  • Unstacked 1-meter, 3-meter, 5-meter, 7.5 meter and 10 meter platforms
  • Three stationary 3-meter springboards
  • Ten locations around pool for 1 and 3-meter springboards
  • 14’ to 17’ water depth
  • Dark blue bottom with white lines
  • 20’ decks on all sides of pool
  • Sparger system 
  • Automatic agitation system
  • Diving Rig for wet training over one of the north springboard locations

The Buckeyes are ranked 13th nationally by the National Swimming Coaches Association of America and have sprinted to a 4-0 start in the dual meet season to date with wins over Kenyon, Washingon, Miami and Cleveland State. Leading the way for the Buckeyes Matt Voelker (five combined wins in the 50 and 100 freestyles), Matthias Sigrist (six total wins in the 200 freestyle and 200 butterfly), Itai Chammah (three wins in the 200 backstroke) Stefan Sigrist (three wins in the 500 freestyle),  Niksa Roki (a pair of wins in the 200  individual medley) and Mark Neiman (two wins in the 1,000 freestyle). Two Buckeye divers Wes Wieser and Sean Moore have each swept the one- and three-meter diving events, against Washington and Cleveland State, respectively.

The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team is 1-2 so far in the dual meet season and is coming off a solid showing against No. 15 USC. Although the Buckeyes fell to USC, 126-113, at the McDonald’s Swim Stadium in Los Angeles, freshman Anita Beck and the 400 freestyle relay squad of senior Annie Rennebohm, Beck, freshman Maggie O’Brien and freshman Samantha Cheverton recorded first-place finishes. Beck finished with a season-best time of 2:03.69 in the 200-yard butterfly, while the relay team recorded a time of 3:30.02. The divers were led by freshman Bianca Alvarez, who took first in both the one- and three-meter events with scores of 326.63 and 324.00, respectively. The Buckeyes won the four-team Washington State Invite as Cheverton was named Swimmer of the Meet after she won the 200-yard freestyle, 200 backstroke and 500 freestyle events and also swam on the victorious 800 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay teams. The 800 freestyle relay team, comprised of freshman Katelyn Brix, Beck, Rennebohm and Cheverton, took first in a Gibb Pool record time of 7:35.03. Beck also picked up two individual wins in the 1,650 freestyle and 200 butterfly.

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.
Swimming coach Jeanne Fleck has worked to improve the team and gain recognition on the conference and national levels in her eight seasons at Ohio State. Last season’s campaign saw the Buckeyes finish 6-3 overall and take eighth in the Big Ten Championships, sending two swimmers to the 2007 NCAA Championships. Fleck also guided the team to a second place finish at the second annual Ohio State Invitational held at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. 

During her tenure at Ohio State, Fleck has coached 12 Buckeyes to school records. Academically, the Buckeyes had the highest grade point average in the Big Ten conference in 2004 and were ranked ninth in the country during fall quarter of 2003.

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.