Feb. 26, 2004


The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team concluded the first day of competition at the 2004 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships in eighth place Thursday in West Lafayette, Ind. Mitch Richeson (Jr., Greenwood, Ind./Greenwood) highlighted the day with a second-place finish in the 1-meter dive, while sixteen Buckeyes earned lifetime-best times and posted five Ohio State all time Top 10 times.

Offering one of his best performances of the season, Richeson placed second in the 1-meter dive with a score of 343.60, improving one spot from his third-place finish at the 2003 conference meet. Three other Ohio State divers placed in the Top 16 in the 1-meter dive as the diving squad added 35 points to the Buckeye score.

The Buckeyes started the conference meet strong, with Tommy Seay (Jr., Buffalo, N.Y./McKinley) springing ahead in the lead-off of the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 20.49, 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 Marty Tomes (So., Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) and Sean Veit (Sr., Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) set personal season-best times in the event.

All six Buckeyes who participated in the 200-yard individual medley reached lifetime-best times, with Jeffrey Gullet (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 as Andreas Campioni‘s (Sr., Efurt, Germany/Univ. of Nebraska) lead-off ranked as the fifth top time in OSU program history and earned the Buckeyes an NCAA B qualifying time in the event. Ohio State placed 10th in the 400-yard medley relay and concluded the evening in eighth place overall, with Minnesota leading the Big Ten championships with a score of 210.50.

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

Team Standings After 6 Events: 1. Minnesota 210.50 2. Michigan 187 3. Northwestern 150 4. Indiana 132.50 5. Wisconsin 109.50 6. Penn State 100.50 7. Purdue 85 8. Ohio State 71 9. Iowa 59 10. Michigan State 51

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 Grever (Northwestern) 19.58 Tommy Seay 18th 20.50 400 Medley Relay Northwestern 3:10.55 Ohio State 10th 3:17.35

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