Oct. 19, 2004
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COLUMBUS, Ohio– More than 200 alumni of the Ohio State men’s swimming and diving program will return to Columbus this weekend for a pair of meets. The annual Scarlet and Gray meet will be contested Friday while the annual Alumni vs. Varsity meet will be held Saturday. This will be the last opportunity for the alumni to swim at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center before the program moves into the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion next season. The weekend has been dubbed the “Last Dip in Peppe Pool.”
The weekend will begin Friday at 4 p.m. in the lobby of Larkins Hall. The alumni will then tour the new home of Buckeye swimming and diving. This will be followed by the Scarlet and Gray meet at 5 p.m. Following the meet, alumni will gather at the University Plaza Hotel.
On Saturday at 9 a.m., the alumni will join the current Buckeyes in the Peppe Aquatic Center, named for former Ohio State head coach, Mike Peppe, for the last swim in the pool. More than 200 alumni are scheduled to be in attendance, including former Ohio State Olympians and NCAA champions.
Following the meet an auction will be held with proceeds for the Ohio State Aquatics Hall of Fame project for the lobby of the new aquatics pavilion. Ohio State memorabilia will be auctioned off. Later that evening there will be a banquet dinner from 7-10 p.m.
MEN’S SWIMMING HISTORY
The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving program is one of the most successful programs in the history of college swimming with its 11 NCAA championships. All 11 (1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1962) national titles were won under the direction of former coach Mike Peppe, who served as the head coach of Buckeye swimming and diving from 1931 to 1963. During Peppe’s tenure, the team also won 12 Big Ten conference championships (1938, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1962). The program has won 117 individual national championships, the most recent in 1991 when David Pichler won the 10-meter platform dive. The program also has won 172 Big Ten individual championships, the most recent in 2002 when Heath Knowling won both the 1- and 3-meter dives.
The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving program has produced 42 Olympians including Yoshi Oyakawa, Bill Smith, Gerry Holan, Al Wiggins, Frank Dooley and Don Harper, all of whom will be in attendance Saturday.
FORMER BUCKEYE GREATS SCHEDULED TO ATTEND
Yoshi Oyakawa (1952-55): Gold Medalist at the 1952 Olympics, All-American, NCAA Champion and Big Ten Champion.
Bill Smith (1947-49): Gold Medalist at the 1943 Olympics, All-American, NCAA Champion and Big Ten Champion.
Gerry Holan (1951-53): 1952 Olympian, All-American, NCAA Champion and Big Ten Champion.
Al Wiggins (1956-57): 1956 Olympian, All-American, NCAA Champion and Big Ten Champion.
Ron O’Brien (1957-59): All-American and NCAA Champion.
Kevin Kling (1995-98): All-American and Big Ten Champion.
Brian Malich (1998-2001): All-American Honorable Mention and Big Ten Champion.
Frank Dooley (1950-51): 1952 Olympian and All-American.
Don Harper (1955-58): Silver medalist at the 1956 Olympics, All-American, NCAA Champion and Big Ten Champion.
L.B. Schaefer (1961-63): All-American, NCAA Champion and Big Ten Champion.
MEET THE COACHES
Head swimming coach Bill Wadley enters his 16th year with the Buckeyes and has coached 12 Olympians and 30 world ranked-swimmers. His teams have been ranked in the NCAA Top 20 for 11 of the past 14 seasons. The Buckeyes have been represented at the NCAA championships 13 times in Wadley’s 14 years at the helm.
Diving coach Vince Panzano enters his 27th season at Ohio State. The 1973 OSU grad has coached one world champion, one junior world champion, two Olympic medalists, 22 U.S. diving champions, 10 NCAA champions, 14 NCA runners-up, 42 Big Ten champions and 65 All-Americans.