Feb. 28, 2003

Columbus, OH – Mitchell Richeson (So., Indianapolis, Ind./Greenwood) posted his second Top 5 finish of the 2003 conference meet, placing second in the 3-meter dive, while Nick Rees (Sr., Nassau, Bahamas/St. Augustin) and Rob Kauscher (So., Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) each took eighth place in respective individual swimming events as the Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team (7-2 overall, 1-2 Big Ten) continued a strong showing at the 2003 Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. The day also was highlighted by a 200 medley relay time of 1:29.18 for the Buckeyes, which ranks second in program history. With one day of competition remaining, Ohio State sits in seventh place with 192 points

After the preliminary and semifinal competitions, Richeson stood in fourth place, scoring 473.85 and 193.70, respectively, in the first and second rounds. He then scored an impressive 583.40 in the finals to vault himself ahead of Alex Burns and Adam Hazes of Indiana to take the silver. The finish is Richeson’s fourth Top 10 finish and his third Top 5 finish at Big Ten conference meets in just two seasons as a Buckeye.

In the 100 breaststroke, Kaucher posted the first of two eighth-place finishes for Buckeye swimmers on the day with a time of 55.67. His faster time in the event came in the morning, where he finished seventh in the preliminary heat, posting a lifetime best and NCAA consideration time of 55.34. The time ranks fourth in Ohio State program history.

He was not the only Buckeye to make it to the evening races Friday in the 100 breast. Matt Jeffries (So., Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian) finished 15th in the consolation finals with a time of 56.42. Jeffries’ better time came in the preliminary heat, finishing at 56.01.

Rees, meanwhile, took seventh in the preliminaries of the 100 fly to qualify for the A-Final Friday evening. His time of 48.32 was a season’s best for the senior and was an NCAA consideration qualifying time. In the final, Rees finished eighth with a time of 49.08. Marty Tomes (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) finished 14th in both the preliminary (49.31) and final round (49:49) of the event. His time of 49.31 in the preliminaries ranks 10th all time at Ohio State.

Several other Buckeyes performed well in the 100 fly, as well, setting four lifetime bests. Andy Swonger (So., Springfield, Ohio/Springfield North) came off his fifth-place finish in the 50 freestyle Thursday in impressive fashion, setting a career best in the 100 fly with a time of 49.63, while Steve Plogsted (Jr., Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman) set a personal mark at 50.34 and Blake Foltz (Fr., Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain) set his lifetime best at 50.76. Tim Webb (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota) also set a career best in the 100 fly during a time trial, where he posted a time of 50.27.

The sixth Buckeye to qualify for evening competition came during the 100 backstroke, where Andreas Campioni (Jr., Erfurt, Germany/University of Nebraska) posted a career-best of 50.07 in the consolation finals to take 12th overall. The time ranks seventh in Buckeye history in the event. Other highlights in the 100 back included Chris Stoneberg (Fr., Copley, Ohio/Akron Firestone), who set a personal best of 51.75.

The Buckeyes were once again strong in relays as well. The team of Campioni, Kauscher, Rees and Swonger flew to a fifth-place in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:29.18. The finish is not only an NCAA consideration qualifying mark, but also is the second fastest time recorded in the event in Ohio State history. The quartet is just the second Ohio State 200 medley relay team to break the 1:30 mark.

In the 400 individual medley, four Buckeyes set personal bests. Jeff Gullett (Fr., Byron, Ill./Byron) led this group by posting a personal best of 3:58.77. The time, which placed 18th at the championships, also ranks 10th all time on the Ohio State list. Also setting personal bests in the 400 IM were Ryan Sciortino (So., Maitland, Fla./Lake Highland), setting a new mark at 4:02.44, Brian Tiemeier (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) at 4:07.79 and Matt Chute (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) at 4:23.41.

The Buckeyes also set one personal best in the 200 freestyle. Adam Braun (Fr., Berkley, Mich./Berkley) touched the wall at 1:40.83.

With 11 lifetime bests and four Ohio State all time Top 10 times set Friday, the team has now set 18 career bests and eight OSU Top 10 times at the championships so far.

The team will resume competition at the meet at noon, tomorrow, with the final morning session of preliminary heats. The finals for events tomorrow will be held during the evening session at 7 p.m. Competitions Saturday include the 1,650 freestyle, the 200 backstroke, the 100 freestyle, the 200 breaststroke, the 200 butterfly and platform diving.

2003 Big Ten Championships – Event Summary Event Winner Time Top Buckeye Finisher(s) Place Best Time 200 Freestyle Relay Minnesota 1:19.44 Swonger, Seay, t-5th 1:20.72*^ Campioni, Rees 500 Freestyle P. Vanderkaay (Mich.) 4:16.28 Vladi Dusil 19th 4:28.56*@ 200 IM Louis Paul (PU) 1:46.07 Tommy Seay 15th 1:49.16*@#^ 50 Freestyle Terry Silkaitis (Minn.) 19:95 Andy Swonger 5th 20.15*@#^ 400 Medley Relay Minnesota 3:09.76 Campioni, Kauscher 7th 3:16.95*^ Rees, Seay 200 Medley Relay Minnesota 1:26.13 Campioni, Kauscher 5th 1:29.18*^ Rees, Swonger 100 Butterfly Eugene Botes (PSU) 47.40 Nick Rees 8th 48.32*@^ 400 IM Chuck Sayao (Mich.) 3:48.77 Jeff Gullett 18th 3:58.77*@# 200 Freestyle Terry Silkaitis (Minn.)1:34.42 Vladi Dusil 24th 1:40.36*@ 100 Breaststroke Jeff Hackler (Minn.) 53.67 Robert Kauscher 8th 55.34*@#^ 100 Backstroke Todd Smolinski (Minn.) 47.28 Andreas Campioni 12th 50.07*@# 800 Freestyle Relay Michigan 6:24.33 Seay, Swonger 8th 6:42.26* Dusil, Tomes

Event Winner Score Top Buckeye Finisher(s) Place Score 1-meter Marc Carlton (Ind.) 361.15 Mitch Richeson 3rd 323.30 3-meter Timo Klami (Iowa) 596.40 Mitch Richeson 2nd 583.40

*-Ohio State team season’s best @-Personal season’s best #-Career Best ^-NCAA Consideration Time

2003 Big Ten Championships – Standings (Through 14 Events) 1. Michigan 473.5 2. Minnesota 462 3. Indiana 309.5 4. Northwestern 252 5. Wisconsin 248 6. Penn State 226.5 7. Ohio State 192 8. Purdue 188 9. Iowa 133 10. Michigan State 109.5