COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State could not overcome a first-day lead by a strong, No. 7-ranked Michigan team and dropped its first dual meet season Saturday in a four-team quadrangular meet at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes, ranked ninth nationally, did defeat both Penn State and Northwestern and enters its final dual of the season next week with an 8-1 record.

The defending Big Ten Champion Wolverines outscored the Buckeyes, 197.5-135.5. Ohio State outscored Penn State and Northwestern by scores of 263-70 and 263-67, respectively.

“Overall, there wasn’t a guy out here who didn’t give his very best today,” Ohio State coach Bill Wadley said. “We are just a step behind Michigan. They won Big Ten’s by 300 points last year. I feel good about the effort our guys gave. And I think in time we’ll close the gap.”

Ohio State closed Friday with a thrilling win in the 400 freestyle relay. Saturday, it opened the meet with a thrilling win, this time in the 200 medley relay. The team of sophomore Andrew Elliott, junior Elliott Keefer, freshman Tim Phillips and senior co-captain Joel Elber won in an NCAA “B” consideration time of 1:28.86.

Michigan was able to keep the Buckeyes in its rear view by sweeping the top three places in the second event of the day – the 500 freestyle – and going one-two in the 100 butterfly on top of four more individual event wins.

Ohio State swam well, though. Andrew Elliott continued his fine weekend of swims by winning the 100 backstroke in 47.92. Keefer did, too. After winning the 200 breaststroke on Friday, he was second in the 100 breaststroke Saturday. Justin Farra took third in the 200 individual medley. Phillips was third in the 100 butterfly. Elliott, Farra and Phillips each swam NCAA “B” cut times in their respective events.

“We swam really well,” Elliott said. “Michigan is one of the top teams in the nation. We swam fast. Our ultimate goal is Big Ten’s, though.”

Senior Wes Wieser added a win for Ohio State on the three-meter springboard with 404.00 points. Senior Ryan Jefferson was second.

Next up: Ohio State closes out its dual meet season with a 5 p.m. meet Friday, Feb. 5 vs. Eastern Michigan. It will be senior day at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.  

Men’s Swimming and Diving

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010

Columbus, Ohio

McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Final Team Scores:

Michigan 197.5, Ohio State 135.5

Ohio State 263, Northwestern 67

Ohio State 263, Penn State 70

Ohio State Event Winners: 200 medley relay – Elliott, Keefer, Phillips, Elber (1:28.86); 3-meter diving – Wieser (404.00); 100 backstroke – Elliott (47.92); 200 freestyle relay – Elber, Olson, Fahrbach, Phillips (2:58.75).