Feb. 16, 2007


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team kicked off the Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Friday at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion by sending 10 swimmers to the finals.

Joe Doyle (Sr., Centerburg, Ohio/Centerburg) and Matt Voelker (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) will compete for Ohio State in the finals in the 50-yard freestyle. Doyle sits in second place after breaking his own school record in the event with a time of 19.67. Voelker also swam under the previous team record to qualify fourth with a time of 19.75.

Nate King (Sr., Youngstown, Ohio/Warren Harding) qualified for the finals session as the third-fastest swimmer in the 200-yard individual medley. His time of 1:46.70 eclipsed his own Ohio State record by five one-hundredths. King’s time also is a NCAA `B’ standard. Dan Novak (Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Foothill) (1:50.02) and Niksa Roki (1:51.15) will swim in the bonus final heat.

Mark Neiman (Fr., Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill) opened the meet as the Buckeye’s fastest swimmer in the 500-yard freestyle. He qualified ninth for the consolation finals with the third Ohio State record in 4:24.01. George Markovic (Fr., Sydney, Australia/St. Ives) is behind him in 10th with another NCAA provisional standard of 4:24.51. Jake Busch (So., Toldeo, Ohio/Toledo Christiansen) lowered his best time by 10 seconds to finish 12th in the preliminary session. He also posted a NCAA `B’ qualifying time of 4:25.21. Matthias Sigrist (So., Schaffhausen, Switzerland/Schaffhausen) and his brother, Stefan Sigrist (Fr., Schaffhausen, Switzerland/Schaffhausen), will swim side-by-side in the bonus heat this evening, with Stefan swimming the event in 4:26.51 for 17th, while Matthias swam the event in 4:26.92 for 18th.

The Top 24 swimmers in each event will compete tonight at 7 p.m. Entry for the session is $8 for adults and $5 for students.

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