Aug. 11, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio – On the final two days of competition at the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships, the Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team continued to put on a show with its second school record-breaking relay finish of the meet and a Top 5 individual performance from junior DJ MacDonald. Taking place Aug. 6-10 in Irvine, Calif., the five-day premier meet served as a platform for current and former Buckeyes to gain national exposure.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, MacDonald added to his resume with a fifth-place touch in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:00.83. The performance served as his second Top 5 finish of the meet after a previous fifth-place ranking in the 200 breaststroke. A newly added member of the U.S. National Team, MacDonald will have the opportunity to compete in international events, such as the Pan American Games or World University Games.  

Behind swims from Steven Zimmerman, MacDonald, Garrett Trebilcock and Michael DiSalle, Ohio State held strong in the 400 medley relay for third overall. Touching in a time of 3:39.29, the group conquered a school record previously set in 2006.

Zimmerman, who will begin his senior campaign this fall, also competed in the 100 backstroke, posting a preliminary time of 55.82. His Buckeye teammate Andrew Appleby followed with a time of 58.49. Dropping more than two seconds off his personal best, Zimmerman recorded a time of 2:05.07 in the 200 individual medley to round out his performance in Irvine.  

In the 50 freestyle, sophomore Matt McHugh earned a spot in the C Final. The West Bend, Wis., native took 24th overall with a time of 23.97. DiSalle and Josh Fleagle represented the Buckeyes in the event as well, claiming 51st and 54th, respectively.

Former Buckeye Tim Phillips was rewarded for his impressive showing at nationals with a Team USA roster spot for the Pan Pacific Championships. Phillips will next head to Brisbane, Australia for training camp and then the Gold Coast for Pan Pacs from Aug. 21-25.

In team rankings, Ohio State finished ninth with 124 points earned.

Ohio State Men’s Swimming and Diving
Phillips 66 National Championships
William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Complex – Irvine, Calif.
Aug. 6-10, 2014

Top Buckeye Performances:
100 Freestyle – 13. Phillips (49.64); 400 Freestyle Relay – 3. DiSalle, Fleagle, Trebilcock, McHugh (3:21.97); 200 Freestyle – 23. DiSalle (1:49.81); 200 Breaststroke – 5. MacDonald (2:11.27); 200 Backstroke – 19. Zimmerman (2:01.70); 50 Butterfly – 2. Phillips (23.58); 800 Freestyle Relay – 6. DiSalle, Fleagle, Appleby, Zimmerman (7:37.19); 100 Butterfly – 3. Phillips (51.54); 50 Backstroke – 11. Zimmerman (25.84); 100 Breaststroke – 5. MacDonald (1:00.83); 100 Backstroke – 21. Zimmerman (55.82); 400 Medley Relay – 3. Zimmerman, MacDonald, Trebilcock, DiSalle (3:39.29); 200 IM – 45. Zimmerman (2:05.07); 50 Freestyle – 24. McHugh (23.97).