COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State had six more All-American honorees Saturday and the team capped another fine showing at the NCAA Swimming and Diving championships by placing 11th with 115 points. The Buckeyes were the second-highest finishing Big Ten Conference team while California won the team title.
Ohio State’s finish marked the fifth consecutive season that swimming coach Bill Wadley and diving coach Vince Panzano’s program has had a Top 16 result at the national championships. The team has placed 12th, 16th, 14th, ninth and 11th the last five years, respectively.
The six more All-America honors Saturday give the team 25 such accolades by all 12 student- athletes at this meet, the second most in school history in terms of athletes represented and total All-America awards.
Junior Markus Sievers earned honorable mention All-America honors for the first time – and completed Ohio State’s 12-for-12 effort as all 12 competitors picked up at least one All-American award – by finishing 12th in the 200 backstroke in a personal best time of 1:42.50. He made the consolation finals by swimming a then-personal best time of 1:42.66 in the prelims.
And Quincy Lee also became an honorable mention All-America for the third time this meet, placing 14th in the 200 butterfly in 1:44.27.
Members of the 400 freestyle team also picked honorable mention All-America accolades by finishing 12th in 2:52.94. Racing for the Buckeyes was Tim Phillips, Jason Schnur, Zach Holmes and Lincoln Fahrbach.
Ohio State’s 115 points were second only to Michigan’s 181 points among Big Ten schools at this meet. Other Big Ten teams in the final Top 20 included No. 15 Minnesota, No. 16 Purdue and No. 18 Indiana.
Taking runner-up honors to California, with a winning total of 493 points, was last year’s champion, Texas, with 470.5 points. The Top 5 teams at the meet included Stanford, Arizona and Florida, respectively.
2011 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships
Final Team Standings: 1. California 493, 2. Texas 470.5, 3. Stanford 403, 4. Arizona 302, 5. Florida 291; Also 9. Michigan 181, 11. Ohio State 115, 15. Minnesota 91, 16. Purdue 88, 18. Indiana 61.
Event Winners: 1,650 freestyle – 1. McBroom, Texas (14:32.86); 200 backstroke – 1. ChitwoArizona (1:38.84); 12. Sievers, Ohio State (1:42.50); 100 freestyle – 1. Adrian, California (41.10); 200 breaststroke – 1. Friedland, Texas (1:52.43); 20. Keefer, Ohio State (1:55.73); 36. Farra, Ohio State (1:59.63); 200 butterfly – 1. Dylla, Georgia (1:40.60); 14. Lee, Ohio State (1:44.27); 10-meter diving – 1. McCrory, Duke (548.90); 400 free relay – 1. California (2:47.39); 12. Phillips, Schnur, Holmes, Fahrbach, Ohio State (2:52.94).