Feb. 17, 2007

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team is in third place with 366 points after the second day of the 2007 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

Kellen Harkness (Sr., Puyallup, Wash./Cascade Christian) won his first conference title to give Ohio State its second individual victory of the meet with a win on the 3-meter. His winning score was 406.75. Burkley Showe (Fr., Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) dove a score of 360.75 to earn fourth place. Nick Hanneman (Sr., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) filled eighth place with 340.95 points.

Michigan moved into first place in the team standings with 405 points, while Minnesota remains in second place with 403 points. Ohio State broke three school records and posted seven NCAA provisional times throughout the day.

The Buckeyes set the tone of the night by breaking the Ohio State record in the first event. The quad of R.J. Lemyre (Sr., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington), Felipe Travesso (So., Belo Horizonte, Brazil/Lawrences North), Joe Doyle (Sr., Centerburg, Ohio/Centerburg) and Matt Voelker (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) swam the 200-yard medley relay in 1:27.19 to eclipse the previous record by more than a second. The time earned the men fourth place and is a NCAA `B’ qualifying standard. Northwestern continued its dominance in the relay events, hitting the wall first in a Big Ten-record time of 1:25.14.

Following the example of his teammates, Nate King (Sr., Youngstown, Ohio/Warren Harding) smashed his own Ohio State record by three seconds in the 400-yard individual medley for the bronze medal. King’s time of 3:48.20 is a NCAA `B’ qualification. Scott Blake (So., Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Suncoast) shaved four seconds off his preliminary time to move into 22nd place in the event. He swam the race in a career-best time of 4:03.97. Alex Vanderkaay of Michigan set a pool record when he automatically qualified for the NCAA championships in a winning time of 3:44.86.

Doyle competed in his second event of the night, capturing fourth place in the 100-yard butterfly when he stopped the clock in a NCAA `B’ time of 47.60. Matthias Sigrist (So., Schaffhausen, Switzerland/Schaffhausen) also competed in the event, finishing 14th with a time of 48.80. Wildcat Kyle Bubolz picked up the second title of the night for Northwestern when he erased the Big Ten record in 45.96.

Wolverine Bobby Savulich took home Michigan’s second title of the evening in the 200-yard freestyle when he edged the competition in 1:35.99. Andrew Olson (Fr., Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) was the fastest swimmer for Ohio State, turning in a time of 1:40.86 for 23rd place. Teammate Stefan Sigrist (Fr., Schaffhausen, Switzerland/Schaffhausen) touched next at 1:41.93 for 24th.

Mike Alexandrov gave Northwestern a third title tonight when he set a Big Ten record of 52.24 in the 100-yard breaststroke. The time is the fastest in the country this year and sixth-fastest all-time performance in the event. Competing in his first consolation finals, Sam Pelkey (Fr., Muncie, Ind./Delta) recorded a 12th-place finish in the race with a time of 55.19. Travesso hit the wall next, completing the sprint breaststroke race in 55.46.

Indiana took home its first title of the meet when Ben Hesen lowered the 100-yard backstroke Big Ten record that he set as the lead leg of the 400-yard medley relay Friday evening. He won the event in a time of 45.52. R.J. Lemyre (Sr., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) swam under the NCAA `B’ qualifying standard to finish eighth in the event with a time of 48.49. Dan Novak (Jr., Sao Paulo, Brazil/Foothill) was the runner-up in the consolation finals of the 100-yard backstroke. He swam the event in a NCAA `B’ time of 48.70. Tyler King (So., Youngstown, Ohio/Warren Harding) raced to 22nd place in the event in a time of 51.20.

The Buckeyes ended the second day of competition with another third-place finish and school record. Voelker gave the squad an early lead when he nearly broke the Ohio State 200-yard freestyle record. Matthias Sigrist (So., Schaffhausen, Switzerland/Schaffhausen), Jake Busch (So., Toldeo, Ohio/Toledo Christiansen) and George Markovic (Fr., Sydney, Australia/St. Ives) followed his lead to lower the previous record of 6:32.75 to 6:29.48. The time qualifies as a NCAA consideration standard. Michigan won the event for the seventh consecutive time in a NCAA `A’ time of 6:23.20.

“We broke a few school records, so I couldn’t ask any more of my kids,” Bill Wadley, head men’s swimming coach, said. “We are not used to being No. 1 and I told them it didn’t mean anything on the first of three days. We have to focus on things we can control like performance. But, the atmosphere was unbelievable. The lighting, the deck space and the water temperature, it was all conducive to good swimming”

The championships conclude Sunday with prelims beginning at noon and finals at 7 p.m. Events Sunday include the 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, 400-yard freestyle relay and platform diving. Single-session tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.

Big Ten Individual Event Winners 200-yard Medley Relay 1. Northwestern – 1:25.14 3. Ohio State – 1:27.19

400-Yard Individual Medley 1. Alex Vanderkay (Michigan) – 3:44.86. 3. Nate King – 3:48.20 22. Scott Blake – 4:03.97 28. Alex Chen – 4:05.63 30. Scott Blake – 4:07.13

100-yard Butterfly 1. Kyle Bubolz (Northwestern) – 45.96 4. Joe Doyle – 47.60 22. Matthias Sigrist – 48.80

200-yard Freestyle 1. Bobby Savulich (Michigan) – 1:35.99 23. Andrew Olson – 1:40.86 24. Stefan Sigrist – 1:41.93 26. Andrew Olson – 1:39.66 28. Stefan Sigrist – 1:39.72 39. Ryan Stoneburg – 1:41.31

100-yard Breaststroke 1. Mike Alexandrov (Northwestern) – 52.24 11. Sam Pelkey – 55.19 12. Felipe Travesso – 55.46

100-yard Backstroke 1. Ben Hesen (Indiana) – 45.52 8. R.J. Lemyre – 48.49 10. Dan Novak – 48.70 35. Joel Elber – 52.16

3-meter Diving 1. Kellen Harkness – 406.75 4. Burkley Showe – 360.75 8. Nick Hanneman – 340.95

800-yard Medley Relay 1. Michigan – 6:23.20 3. Ohio State – 6:29.48

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