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Feb. 28, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – On the fourth and final day of the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, the Ohio State Buckeyes earned second with a score of 623. Overall, the Buckeyes brought home two individual titles and three school records.

Michigan captured the conference championship with 760 points, while Indiana, Purdue and Wisconsin rounded out the Top 5.

The 1650 freestyle concluded with Buckeye rookie Brayden Seal earning fifth in a time of 14:58.37. Junior Jovan Mitrovic also competed in the event, placing 23rd in 15:30.22. Both Buckeye times were NCAA `B’ cuts.

Junior Josh Fleagle continued his outstanding meet with a second-place touch in the 100 freestyle. Fleagle posted a time of 42.75, which was a season-best and just off Ohio State’s current record of 42.70. Senior Michael DiSalle followed in sixth with a 43.29. DiSalle dropped a mark of 42.95 in prelims to qualify for the championship final. Sophomore Steffen Hillmer competed in prelims, earning a time of 44.85.

In the 200 backstroke, senior Rowan Williams took third in a season-best time of 1:41.17. Williams’ classmate Steven Zimmerman touched in a time of 1:41.43 for fifth, which was also a season best. Ohio State had yet another representative in the championship final, as Connor McDonald finished seventh in 1:42.39. In prelims, McDonald posted a season-best 1:42.03. Sophomore Andrew Appleby suited up in the consolation final after dropping a season-best 1:43.49 in prelims. Appleby ultimately earned 11th with a finals time of 1:44.21. In prelims, junior Chris DePietro touched three seconds under his season-best time with a 1:46.14.

DJ MacDonald, a junior this season, claimed seventh in the 200 breaststroke in 1:55.66. The school record holder in the 100 breaststroke event, MacDonald touched in 1:55.60 in prelims. Two Buckeyes – Dimitry Dolgov and Andrew Braum – suited up in the consolation final, finishing 13th in 1:57.18 and 16th in 1:57.98, respectively. Dolgov earned a time of 1:57.07 in prelims. Senior Chris Cowley dropped a second off his preliminary mark with a 1:47.57 for 18th. Also in prelims, Keanu Stevenson posted a season-best time of 2:01.58 and Jack Barone registered a 2:02.43.

The 200 butterfly resulted with senior Tamas Gercsak placing third in a finals time of 1:43.81. His preliminary time of 1:43.74 was two-tenths of a second off his school record mark. Ohio State rookie Ching Hwang Lim and junior Peter Lyon also swam in finals. Both registered season-best times in prelims – Lim (1:46.32), Lyon (1:47.92). Lim placed ninth with a finals time of 1:46.38 and Lyon claimed 19th in 1:48.51.

Ohio State diving qualified two freshmen – Stephen Romanik and Clay White – for the consolation final. White led the way with a 12th-place standing and a final score of 337.95, while Romanik took 13th with a 328.90.

The Buckeyes ended the meet with an automatic qualifying time for the NCAA championships and a third-place showing in the 400 freestyle relay. Ohio State’s grouping of Fleagle, Matt McHugh, Thomas Trace and DiSalle combined for a time of 2:52.50.

Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Diving Results (Saturday): Platform – 1. Indiana (532.45), 12. White – OSU (337.95).

Diving Results (Friday): 3-Meter – 1. Indiana (494.60), 3. Ettienne – OSU (462.50).

Diving Results (Thursday): 1-Meter – 1. Indiana (474.45), 3. Ettienne – OSU (399.15).

Race Results (Saturday): 1650 Freestyle – 1. Northwestern (14:33.50), 5. Seal – OSU (14:58.37); 200 Backstroke – 1. Wisconsin (1:40.30), 3. Williams – OSU (1:41.17); 100 Freestyle – 1. Michigan (42.63), 2. Fleagle – OSU (42.75); 200 Breaststroke – 1. Purdue (1:53.92), 7. MacDonald – OSU (1:55.66); 200 Butterfly – 1. Michigan (1:40.75), 3. Gercsak (1:43.81); 1. Michigan (2:50.14), 3. Fleagle, McHugh, Trace, DiSalle – OSU (2:52.50).

Race Results (Friday): 200 Free Relay – 1. Michigan (1:16.80), 3. Fleagle, McHugh, Trace, DiSalle – OSU (1:18.09); 400 IM – 1. Michigan (3:40.61), 5. Gercsak – OSU (3:46.30); 100 Fly – 1. McHugh – OSU (45.75); 200 Free – 1. Fleagle – OSU (1:33.16); 100 Breast – 1. Michigan (51.83), 3. MacDonald – OSU (52.43); 100 Back – 1. Penn State (45.54), 3. McHugh – OSU (46.37).

Race Results (Thursday): 50 Free – 1. Michigan (19.30), 7. Fleagle – OSU (19.76); 500 Free – 1. Wisconsin (4:14.00), 7. Seal – OSU (4:18.51); 200 IM – 1. Michigan (1:41.93), 6. Zimmerman – OSU (1:44.75); 400 Medley Relay – 1. Michigan (3:04.92), 2. McDonald, MacDonald, McHugh, DiSalle – OSU (3:07.80)

Race Results (Wednesday): 200 Medley Relay -1. Michigan (1:23.47), 2. Zimmerman, MacDonald, McHugh, Fleagle – OSU (1:25.18); 800 Free Relay – 1. Michigan (6:12.20), 4. Lim, Fleagle, Seal, Williams – OSU (6:22.65).

Ohio State Records: 200 IM – Zimmerman (1:44.75).200 Free – Fleagle (1:33.16), 100 Breast – MacDonald (52.43).