Aug. 8, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Swim Club, coached by Ohio State men’s swimming coach Bill Wadley, broke several of the club’s long-course records on its way to a seventh-place finish at the USA Senior National Championships last week at the William Woolett Jr. Aquatic Center in Irvine, Calif. The finish was the highest for the club, which previously had not recorded a Top 10 finish.
The club opened competition Wednesday with a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter freestyle relay, led by Buckeyes Joe Doyle (Sr., Centerburg, Ohio/Centerburg), Matt Voelker (Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) and R.J. Lemyre (Jr., Centerburg, Ohio/Centerburg). Upper Arlington native Nathan Cass also was a member of the relay squad, which finished in a time of 3 minutes, 27.11 seconds. Doyle’s lead-off time of 50.69 was an Olympic trials qualifying time.
The four also combined to close the championships Saturday by swimming the 400-meter medley relay and finished third in the nation with a time of 3:43.55. King swam the backstroke to open the relay, followed by Cass in the breaststroke, Doyle in the butterfly and Voelker in the freestyle.
Thursday, Doyle swam the third fastest time in the 100-meter butterfly in preliminary competition when he touched in 53.20 seconds. He went into the final seeded behind Ian Crocker (52.20) and Michael Phelps (52.53). Phelps won the 2004 Olympic gold medal in Athens, Greece, while Crocker won silver. Doyle finished sixth in the finals with a time of 53.73 and likely qualified for the U.S. national team for either the Pan-American Games or the World University Games next summer. “Four of the five guys Joe competed against were U.S. Olympians in 2004 and three won gold medals in some event, either in the butterfly or on a relay,” Wadley said. “Three of the five guys to his left were the best guys on the planet. Joe swam really well.”
Also Thursday was Voelker, who qualified 11th in the preliminary round of the 50-meter freestyle with a new club long-course record of 23.03. He finished 14th in the finals with a time of 23.19.
Friday was a day that saw Voelker qualify for the 2008 Olympic Trials. He swam 51.41 to qualify in the same event. Doyle went on to finish 24th in the “C” final.
“This is the first time the club has finished in the Top 10,” Wadley said following his team’s seventh-place effort. “This is the biggest swim meet of the year and I am excited with the way we competed. The club set several long-course records.”
All five swimmers for the club team qualified for the 2008 Olympic trials. Lemyre qualified in the 100-meter backstroke and King qualified in both the 100- and 200-meter backstroke. Voelker met the cut in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle, while Doyle will swim in the 100-meter freestyle and the 100-meter butterfly. Cass qualified in three events: the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke and in the 200-meter individual medley.
The top performers will represent the United States on a global level as part of Team USA headed for one or more of the following meets: 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships, 2007 FINA World Championships, 2007 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool, 2007 World University Games and 2007 Pan American Games.