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Nov. 23, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team was crowned champions of the Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational Sunday, marking the sixth win at the premier meet for the Scarlet and Gray. The Buckeyes posted a team total of 1,546, which bested second-place finisher Wisconsin by a margin of 723 points.  

“A lot of guys got second swims in finals or consolation finals, so that helps with our goal to get as many scoring opportunities as possible,” head swimming coach Bill Wadley said. “When you say you have a strong team, what you’re really trying to say is it doesn’t all fall on one guy. Everybody has to raise the next guy up so they will perform at their best.

“I thought our team raced really well all weekend long,” Wadley continued. “We won most of the races and the times we posted are very good for this time of the year. We feel good about it. There are certainly places we can be better, but that’s the nature of having a big family. It’s hard to have everybody in the family happy on the same day, but I think most of our guys are satisfied with what they did.”

Distance specialist Brayden Seal started the final session off, taking the runner-up spot in the 1650 freestyle with an NCAA ‘B’ standard time of 15:14.43.

Five Buckeyes – Steven Zimmerman, Rowan Williams, Thomas Trace, Connor McDonald and Andrew Appleby – qualified for the championship final of the 200 backstroke. Zimmerman claimed second in 1:43.21, while Williams and Trace followed in third (1:43.21) and fifth (1:45.70), respectively. All were NCAA provisional qualifying times.

In the 100 freestyle, Ohio State claimed first and third behind swims from Josh Fleagle and Michael DiSalle. Fleagle posted an NCAA ‘B’ standard of 43.49 for the win, while DiSalle touched in 43.73.

Junior DJ MacDonald earned second in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:56.17, an NCAA ‘B’ time. Ohio State and Wisconsin dominated the championship final, with seven Buckeyes making the cut and three Badgers.

The 200 butterfly event went to senior Tamas Gercsak. The Budapest, Hungary native recorded one of two NCAA provisional times for the Buckeyes in the race with a mark of 1:44.67. Freshman Ching Lim continued his strong start to the season with the other qualifying mark, finishing third (1:46.32).

Ohio State sealed the victory with a win in the 400 freestyle. Behind swims from DiSalle, Steffen Hillmer, Zimmerman and Fleagle, the Buckeyes posted a top-time of 2:55.98, picking up another 74 points in the event.

The Ohio State Invitational will serve as an end to the first half of the season for the Buckeyes. The squad will train throughout the winter break and return to dual-meet competition Jan. 16 vs. Denison.

Ohio State Men’s Swimming and Diving
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion – Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 23, 2014


Team Standings:
1. Ohio State – 1546.5
2. Wisconsin – 823.5
3. Kentucky – 512.5
4. Kenyon – 398
5. Purdue – 167.5
6. Virginia – 103
7. Miami – 65

Top Buckeye Finishes
Day Three: 1650 Free – 2. Seal (15:14.43); 200 Back – 2. Zimmerman (1:43.16); 200 Breast – 2. MacDonald (1:56.75); 200 Fly – 1. Gercsak (1:44.67); 400 Free Relay – 1. DiSalle, Hillmer, Zimmerman, Fleagle (2:55.98); Platform Dive – 7. Romanik (307.75).

Day Two:  200 Medley Relay – 1. Zimmerman, MacDonald, McHugh, Fleagle (1:26.77); 400 IM – 2. Dolgov (3:51.32); 100 Fly – 1. McHugh (47.72); 200 Free – 1. DiSalle (1:35.37); 100 Breaststroke – 1. MacDonald (53.82); 100 Backstroke – 1. McHugh (47.44); 800 Free Relay – 1. DiSalle, Hillmer, Williams, Fleagle (6:28.90); 3-Meter Dive – 4. Ettienne (379.75).

Day One: 200 Free Relay – 1. Fleagle, McHugh, Trace, DiSalle (1:19.50); 500 Free – 1. Seal (4:19.82); 200 IM – 1. Gercsak (1:46.08); 50 Free – 1.Fleagle (19.60); 400 Medley Relay – 1. Zimmerman, MacDonald, McHugh, Fleagle (3:11.08); 1-Meter Dive – 6. Ettienne (355.45).

NCAA ‘B’ Standard Times
50 Free
Fleagle (19.60; 19.75)

100 Free
Fleagle (43.92; 43.49)
DiSalle (43.73)

200 Free
Williams (1:36.99)
Hillmer (1:37.22; 1:36.93)
Fleagle (1:35.52; 1:37.33)
DiSalle (1:35.37; 1:37.06)

500 Free
Seal (4:19.82)

1650 Free
Seal (15:14.43)

200 IM
Zimmerman (1:46.95; 1:48.48)
Lim (1:48.99)
Morgan (1:48.60)
Gercsak (1:46.08)

400 IM
Mitrovic (3:53.04)
Gercsak (3:47.85)
Dolgov (3:51.32)

100 Back
Zimmerman (47.55; 48.00)
Trace (48.32)
McHugh (48.05; 47.44)

200 Back
Zimmerman (1:44.19; 1:43.16)
Williams (1:44.43; 1:43.21)
Trace (1:45.70)

100 Fly
McHugh (47.72; 47.49)

200 Fly
Lim (1:47.95; 1:46.32)
Gercsak (1:44.67)

100 Breast
MacDonald (54.33; 53.82)
Barone (54.27; 54.95)

200 Breast
MacDonald (1:56.75)