Feb. 27, 2004


Ohio State diver Mitch Richeson (Jr., Greenwood, Ind./Greenwood) was crowned the 2004 Big Ten Diving Champion in the 3-meter dive Friday at the 2004 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships in West Lafayette, Ind. Richeson’s first-place finish in the 3-meter dive added him to the list of 72 Ohio State divers to claim a Big Ten diving title. The Buckeyes concluded the second day of competition in eighth place with 191 points, while Minnesota leads the Big Ten with a score of 441.50.

Richeson won the 3-meter dive with a score of 653.75, defeating last year’s champion by more than 45 points and breaking the Big Ten diving championship meet record set in 1996. Thursday, in the 1-meter dive, Richeson posted a second-place finish with a score of 343.60. Continuously improving his Big Ten performance, Richeson posted second- and third-place finishes in the 1- and 3-meter dives at the 2002 and 2003 conference meet.

The Buckeyes have dominated the diving events during the conference meet, with Marc Dreyer (So., Port Elisabeth, South Africa/Grey), Kellen Harkness (Fr., Puyallup, Wash./Cascade Christian) and Nick Hanneman (So., Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) also posting finishes in the Top 8 in the 3-meter dive and all Buckeye divers posting Top 16 finishes in the 1-meter dive during the first day of competition. The diving squad has added 95 points to the Buckeye total so far in the conference meet and look to finish strong Saturday night with all four divers participating in the platform event.

“Mitch (Richeson) performed the best he ever has tonight and broke quite a record,” Vince Panzano, head diving coach, said. “I can’t remember the last time we had four divers in the Top 8 of an event and I am really pleased with the performances of Marc (Dreyer), Nick (Hanneman) and Kellen (Harkness).” Thirteen more swimmers added lifetime-best times in the second day of competition, along with Rob Kauscher (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson), Marty Tomes (So., Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) and Andreas Campioni (Sr., Efurt, Germany/Univ. of Nebraska) finishing in the Top 16 of their respective events. Kauscher reached Ohio State’s first individual NCAA B qualifying time of the conference meet, finishing the 100-yard breaststroke in eighth place with a time of 55.58 and setting a lifetime-best time and the fourth-ranked top time in Ohio State history with his preliminary time of 55.30.

Tomes finished the 100-yard butterfly in 13th-place with a time of 49.30, also while setting his lifetime-best time and a Top 10 Ohio State best time with his time in the preliminaries of 48.89. Campioni earned a 12th-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a season-best time and Top 10 program-best time of 49.59.

Tommy Seay (Jr., Buffalo, N.Y./McKinley) and Nate King (Fr., Youngstown, Ohio/Warren Harding) also had top finishes for the Buckeyes, with Seay placing 20th in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:40.96 and King posting a 19th-place finish with a lifetime-best time of 3:59.47. The 200-yard freestyle was senior Sean Veit‘s (Sr., Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) last Big Ten event as a Buckeye, in which he posted a lifetime-best of 1:48.07.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Campioni, Kauscher, Tomes and Seay finished in eighth place with the third-best time in Ohio State history of 1:29.33. The Buckeyes also finished the 800-yard freestyle relay in eighth place with a season-best time of 6:42.40.

In the first day of competition, sixteen Buckeyes earned lifetime-best times and posted five Ohio State all time Top 10 times. Seay’s lead-off time of 20.49 in the 200-yard freestyle relay was the 10th overall best-time in program history for Ohio State. The Buckeyes finished the 200-yard freestyle in 8th place with a final time in the Top 10 in OSU program history of 1:20.09 and were one of nine teams to break the pool record at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. In the 500-yard freestyle, Ryan Sciortino (Jr., Maitland, Fla./Maitland) led the Buckeyes in 24th place with a season-best time of 4:32.56, while Nick Keene (Fr., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) set a lifetime-best time and Tomes and Veit set personal season-best times in the event.

All six Buckeyes who participated in the 200-yard individual medley reached lifetime-best times, with Jeff Gullett (So., Byron, Ill./Byron) earning a 25th-place finish with at time of 1:51.38. Seay returned to the pool for the 50-yard freestyle and finished in 18th place with a time of 20.50, while seven Buckeyes followed behind with lifetime-best times. The 400-yard medley relay closed the first day of competition with Campioni’s lead-off ranking as the fifth top time in OSU program history and earning the Buckeyes an NCAA B qualifying time in the event.

“I’m happy with all the best times and think it’s great that the guys are doing well for themselves,” Bill Wadley, head swimming coach, said. “We want to come back tomorrow and finish it off and see what we can do.”

The 2004 Big Ten Championships conclude Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind. at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.

Team Standings After 14 Events: 1. Minnesota 441.50 2. Michigan 391 3. Northwestern 351 4. Indiana 316.50 5. Wisconsin 249.50 6. Penn State 219.50 7. Purdue 200 8. Ohio State 191 9. Iowa 150 10. Michigan State 112

Event Winner Time Top Buckeye Finish Place Time 200 Freestyle Relay Minnesota 1:18.28 Ohio State 8th 1:20.09 500 Freestyle Peter Vanderkaay (Mich.) 4:15.06 Ryan Sciortino 24th 4:32.56 200 Individual Medley Louis Paul (Purdue) 1:45.56 Jeff Gullett 25th 1:51.38 50 Freestyle Matt Grevers (Northwestern) 19.58 Tommy Seay 18th 20.50 400 Medley Relay Northwestern 3:10.55 Ohio State 10th 3:17.35 200 Medley Relay Indiana 1:27.40 Ohio State 9th 1:29.33 400 Individual Medley Pete Vanderkaay (Mich.) 3:45.84 Nate King 19th 3:59.47 100 Butterfly Tony Swanson (Northwestern) 46.89 Marty Tomes 13th 49.30 200 Freestyle Dan Ketchum (Mich.) 1:34.37 Tommy Seay 20th 1:40.96 100 Breaststroke Kevin Swander (Ind.) 53.15 Rob Kauscher 8th 55.58 100 Backstroke Matt Grevers (Northwestern) 46.68 Andreas Campioni 12th 49.59 800 Freestyle Relay Michigan 6:21.77 Ohio State 8th 6:42.40

Event Winner Score Top Buckeye Finish Place Score 1-Meter Dive Jason Coben (Mich.) 373.85 Mitch Richeson 2nd 343.60 3-Meter Dive Mitch Richeson (OSU) 653.75