Feb. 18, 2007


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team concludes the 2007 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Sunday at 7 p.m. Five Buckeyes recorded NCAA provisional times during prelims and 10 will compete in the finals competition.

Nate King (Sr., Youngstown, Ohio/Warren Harding) will swim in the finals for the third time this weekend in the 200-yard backstroke. His time of 1:45.08 was the seventh-fastest time during prelims and qualifies for a NCAA `B’ standard. R.J. Lemyre (Sr., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) also will compete in the event for a second time. He swam the event in an NCAA provisional time 1:46.97 to earn a spot in the consolation finals. Tyler King (So., Youngstown, Ohio/Warren Harding) will join his older brother in the event, qualifying for the bonus heat with his best time of 1:50.04.

Matt Voelker (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) clocked the third fastest time in Ohio State history to qualify fourth for the finals in the 100-yard freestyle. His time of 43.79 is a personal best for Voelker and is just 0.44 seconds away from automatically qualifying for the NCAA championships. Joe Doyle (Sr., Centerburg, Ohio/Centerburg) also swam his fastest time of 44.00 to earn a spot in the consolation finals.

Two Buckeye freshmen will compete in the final heat of the 200-yard breaststroke. Sam Pelkey (Fr, Muncie, Ind/Delta) shaved five seconds off his best time to qualify sixth in a NCAA `B’ time of 1:59.11. Dani Malnik (Fr., Rishon Le-zion, Israel/Gan-Nahum) will join him in the event, swimming a time of 1:59.66 to post a NCAA `B’ qualifying standard for eighth place. Felipe Travesso (So., Belo Horizonte, Brazil/Lawrences North) swam a personal record to earn a spot in the bonus finals with a time of 2:03.42. Matthias Sigrist (So., Schaffhausen, Switzerland/Schaffhausen) swam the fastest time of 1:47.56 for Ohio State in the 200-yard butterfly. The time was the sixth NCAA `B’ qualification for the Buckeyes during Sunday prelims. Niksa Roki completed the race in 1:49.18 to finish 18th in the preliminary session.

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

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