Feb. 5, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team will conclude its dual-meet season Friday against Penn State at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center. Graduating Buckeyes will be recognized at the meet and festivities are planned around “Pack the Pool” day. The Buckeyes enter their second Big Ten dual-meet of the season and are 6-1 on the year.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
Concluding its dual-meet season at Ohio State, Penn State enters the meet 3-6 on the year. The Littany Lions have defeated St. Bonaventure (130-98), West Chester (137-90) and Rutgers (130-113, while posting losses to six teams ranked in the Top 25 by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
Senior Todd Minnier leads the Littany Lions in almost all events, posting season-best times in the 50-, 100-, 200- and 500-yard freestyle, 100- and 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard individual medley. Minnier was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week Dec. 2 and most recently won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:31.84 and the 200-yard freestyle with an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:37.67 at the Rutgers meet Jan. 31.
Bill Dorenkott enters his fourth year as head swimming coach for Penn State.
LAST TIME VS. PENN STATE
Handing Ohio State its only loss of the season, Penn State defeated the Buckeyes 145-98 at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center in Feb. 2001. D.J. Kelley, current assistant head swimming coach for the Buckeyes, posted a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke to finish his Buckeye dual-meet career. The Buckeyes won five of 13 events at the meet.
SENIORS Sean Veit, Andreas Campioni TO BE RECOGNIZED AT LAST DUAL-MEET
Seniors Sean Veit and Andreas Campioni will be recognized at their final meet swimming at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center against Penn State Friday.
Veit, a native of Hudson, Ohio, has contributed to the 500-, 1,000- and 1,650-yard freestyle events so far this season, posting six overall finishes for the Buckeyes. Veit swam middle distance and distance freestyle events at seven dual meets his junior year and participated in freestyle events in his sophomore and freshman year. Named an Academic All-Big Ten honoree junior and senior year, Veit has also been named an OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Placing first three-times in the 100-yard backstroke and posting two wins in the 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard medley relay, Campioni has participated in 18 events for the Buckeyes so far this season. Campioni placed 12th and 14th, respectively, at the Big Ten championships last year in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke, along with setting career bests in the 50- and 100-yard backstroke.
Joining the Buckeyes after lettering his freshman year at the University of Nebraska, Campioni placed 22nd and 19th, respectively, at the 2002 Big Ten Championships in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke as well. Campioni was also named an OSU Scholar-Athlete his sophomore season at Ohio State.
Along with recognizing Veit and Campioni, Friday’s meet is “Pack the Pool” night for Ohio State men’s swimming and diving. The athletic band, along with Brutus Buckeye and the Ohio State cheerleaders will be present at the meet. The first 100 Ohio State fans will receive a prize at the beginning of the meet and fans also will be able to get student-athlete autographs at a post-meet autograph session.
STEVE SKILKEN, MAE MCCORKLE NAMED HONORARY OHIO STATE COACHES FOR FRIDAY MEET
Mae McCorkle and Steve Skilken (Ohio State, 1972) will be Ohio State’s honorary coaches at the Penn State meet Friday.
The Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion, named in honor of Mrs. McCorkle and her late husband, Bill, is currently under construction and will be one of the nation’s premier aquatic facilities upon its scheduled completion in early 2005. Mrs. McCorkle and her late husband have been long-time contributors and supporters of Ohio State swimming and diving.
Mr. Skilken, a graduate of Ohio State and a former varsity diver, has also been a strong supporter of Buckeye swimming and diving, endowing two swimming and diving scholarships and committing funds to the new Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion and Ron O’Brien Diving Well.
Once completed, the new aquatics pavilion will house the Mike Peppe Natatorium, the Ron O’Brien Diving Well and a spectator seating area. Four coaching offices, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a training room and conference rooms will also be featured in the new facility. Ohio State will be able to host such events as the Big Ten championships, USA national championships and other higher-tier national and local events once the new aquatic pavilion is completed.
OHIO STATE DEFEATS REDHAWKS, 151-86
The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team won 12 of 13 events to defeat Miami (Ohio) 151-86 Jan. 17 at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center. The Buckeyes set two lifetime-best times and brought their record to 6-1 on the year.
The Buckeye’s had 1-2 finishes in five events and swept first through third-place in five other events as well. A double-event winner, Marty Tomes won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:42.79 and the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.16. Jeff Gullet brought in his second consecutive win in the 200-yard individual medley, placing first with a time of 1:54.23. Gary Grant won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.49, along with Andreas Campioni winning the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 51.16 and Ryan Sciortino winning the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:41.72.
In the diving well, Marc Dreyer won the 1-meter dive with a score of 281.25, while Nick Hanneman won the 3-meter dive with a score of 309.37. The diving squad remains undefeated for the season in all diving events.
“Everyone took responsibility for their events and stepped up to meet the challenge,” Bill Wadley, men’s head swimming coach, said. “We saw some great swims and we look forward to a great ending of the season.”
Tommy Seay REACHES NCAA “B” QUALIFYING TIME AT MIAMI (OHIO) MEET
Narrowly missing the school record with a lifetime-best time and an NCAA B qualifying mark, Tommy Seay placed first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 44.77 at the Miami (Ohio) meet Jan. 17.
Seay also led-off in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a lifetime-best time of 20.69, bringing in the win with a time of 1:23.32, and joined the 200-yard medley relay team for the win with a time of 1:32.22.
BUCKEYES DEFEAT S. ILLINOIS, 172-71, FALL TO INDIANA, 130-11
The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team defeated Southern Illinois 172-71 Jan. 10, while taking its first loss of the season to Indiana 130-111. The Buckeyes set six lifetime-best times and six team season-best times, bringing their overall dual-meet record to 5-1.
Tommy Seay continued to lead in the freestyle, winning the 100-yard freestyle with a lifetime-best time of 45.14 and missing first place in the 200-yard freestyle by one-tenth of a second also with a lifetime-best time of 1:40.35. Benji Hershberger won the 1,000-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 9:29.76, along with Jeffrey Gullet who won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:53.14.
Along with Seay, Nate King set a lifetime-best time in the 200-yard backstroke, Marty Tomes set a lifetime-best time in the 200-yard butterfly, R.J. Lemyre set a lifetime-best time in the 200-yard backstroke and Gullet also set a lifetime-best time in the 200-yard backstroke.
The Buckeyes saw continued success in the diving well, winning both diving events and maintaining an undefeated diving record for the season. Mitch Richeson won the 1-meter dive with a score of 281.50, with Marc Dreyer following close behind in second with 271.80 points. Kellen Harkness brought in his second first-place finish for the Buckeyes, winning the 3-meter dive with 304.73 points.
OHIO STATE SWEEPS BIG TEN SWIMMER, DIVER OF THE WEEK AWARDS
Tommy Seay was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week and Mitch Richeson was named Big Ten Diver of the Week last Jan. 6, recognizing their performance at the 153-82 victory over Ohio Jan. 3.
Seay was a double-event winner against Ohio, winning the 50-yard freestyle with a lifetime-best time of 20.81 and the 100-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 45.31. Along with joining the 200-yard medley relay team in a first-place finish, Seay holds the team season-best times in the 200-yard individual medley, the 400-yard medley relay and in the 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays.
Leading the Buckeyes in the diving well, Richeson scored 334.43 points in the 1-meter dive and 296.25 points in the 3-meter dive for two first-place finishes.
BUCKEYES DOMINATE OHIO, 153-82
The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team swept all 13 events to defeat Ohio 153-82 Jan. 3 at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center, improving its undefeated dual-meet record to 4-0.
Tommy Seay led in the freestyle, winning the 50-yard freestyle with a lifetime-best time of 20.81 and in the 100-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 45.31. Andreas Campioni also won the 100-yard backstroke with a season-best time of 51.03
The Buckeyes had 1-2-3 finishes in eight events, dominating Ohio in the 50-, 100- and 500-yard freestyle, the 200-yard individual medley, the 100-yard backstroke, the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Mitch Richeson improved his season best with a score of 334.43 in the 1-meter dive and scored 296.25 in the 3-meter dive.
TOMES, KAUSCHER COMPETE AT AUBURN INVITATIONAL
Rob Kauscher and Marty Tomes represented the Ohio State swimming team Dec. 5-7 at the Auburn Invitational, setting several season best times in both long-course meters and yards.
Tomes finished the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 49.56 and the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:36.44. Tomes also swam the 100-meter butterfly in a time of 55.70 and the 200-meter butterfly in a time of 1:49.95 at the Saturday morning time trials, both season best times in long course meters.Kauscher placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 56.30 and swam the 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 2:03.04, along with setting a season best time in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:05.20.
BUCKEYES TAKE THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN AGAINST CLEVELAND STATE
The Buckeye squad took home its third consecutive win Nov. 25 against Cleveland State, placing first in 11 of 13 events and taking the meet 137-96.
Marty Tomes was a double-event winner, placing first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:41.84 and in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49.59, both season best times. Rob Kauscher won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 56.97, followed closely by Matt Jeffries in second place with a time of 57.97, each setting unshaved lifetime best times. Andreas Campioni also set an unshaved lifetime best time, placing first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 51.04.
Ryan Sciortino improved his season best time by four seconds in the 1,000-yard freestyle, while Gary Grant placed first with a season best time in the 50-yard freestyle. Grant also was the leadoff leg in the 200-yard freestyle relay, along with the 200-yard medley relay team also setting season best times.
Mitch Richeson placed first in the 1-meter dive with a score of 195.00, along with freshman Kellen Harkness bringing in his first Buckeye win in the 3-meter dive with 215.75 points.
SETTING SEASON BEST TIMES AT THE PURDUE INVITATIONAL
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Tommy Seay, Gary Grant, Joe Doyle and Adam Braun placed second Nov. 21-23, swimming a time of 1:23:74. Both 400-yard medley relay teams also finished well, with Andreas Campioni, Matt Jeffries, Seay and Marty Tomes setting a season best time of 3:23.41. Seay also swam his best time of the season, going 1:52.50 in the 200-yard individual medley and 45.46 in the 100-yard freestyle.
Tomes finished the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:36.00, improving his season best time by two seconds and leading the Buckeyes in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:43.40.
Campioni swam the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 51.34 while also beating the season best time by three seconds in the 200-yard backstroke, swimming it in 1:51.93. Rob Kauscher swam the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 57.33 and 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 2:05.4. The 200-yard medley relay team finished with a time of 1:32.67 and the 800-yard medley relay team finished with a time of 6:50.62. The 800-yard medley relay time was a season best, along with Ryan Sciortino’s finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle.
FINISHING THE FALL UNDEFEATED
The Buckeyes defeated Louisville, 166-69 and West Virginia 130-107 at the first dual meet of the season Nov. 7 at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center, earning their first two dual meet wins of the season. With the victory over Cleveland State, the squad closes the fall dual-meet season with a 3-0 record.
At the Louisville-West Virginia meet, freshman Nate King earned his first win for the Buckeyes, taking the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 1:55.55. Marty Tomes won the 200-yard butterfly in a closely timed race, pushing forward and narrowly defeating West Virginia’s Pedro Pinto.
Ryan Sciortino won the 1,000-yard freestyle and Tommy Seay won the 100-yard freestyle, with Ohio State taking the 400-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Rob Kauscher placed first in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Taking both the 1- and 3-meter dives, Mitch Richeson finished with 310.65 points in the 1-meter dive and 336.70 points in the 3-meter dive.
ABOUT COACH WADLEY
Bill Wadley enters his 15th year as the men’s head swimming coach, compiling a record of 129-22 (.854) at the helm of the Buckeyes and a 153-32 (.827) overall career record. Wadley has coached 12 Olympians and his teams have been ranked in the NCAA Top 20 for 11 of the past 15 seasons. Producing more than 30 world ranked swimmers in his coaching career, 12 of his student-athletes have reached the Olympic level.
A seasoned coach, Wadley has represented the United States on numerous occasions. He has coached the 1986 Olympic Festival and the 1988 and 1992 Gold Medal teams comprised of top non-collegiate swimmers in preparation for the Olympics. In 1991, Wadley coached the U.S. team at the World University Games and in 1993 was coach of the U.S. National Team training camp.
Most recently, Wadley was the head men’s coach of the 1998 Goodwill Games team that broke seven Goodwill Games records.
ABOUT COACH PANZANO
With his top diver taking home the NCAA platform diving championship for the first time in school history last year, head diving coach Vince Panzano looks to move into his 26th year at Ohio State building on that success.
In his 29 years of coaching, Panzano has produced one world champion, one junior world champion, two Olympic medalists, 22 U.S. diving champions, 10 NCAA champions, 14 NCAA runners-up, 42 Big Ten champions and 65 All-Americans.
Panzano has been awarded the “Mike Peppe Award” twice and has been selected Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year seven times. Along with three NCAA Diving Coach of the Year titles, Panzano was also inducted into the Ohio State University’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Buckeyes travel to West Lafayette, Ind. for the Big Ten Championships Feb 26-28 at the Boilermakers Aquatic Center.