Feb. 26, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Steven Zimmerman earned a school record in the 200 individual medley and a trio of Buckeye divers qualified for finals to highlight the Buckeyes’ second day of competition at the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Ohio State returns to action in Iowa City, Iowa on Friday. Prelims are scheduled for 11 a.m. CT/12 p.m. ET and finals commence at 6:30 p.m. CT/7:30 p.m. ET.
Michigan remained on top the team leaderboard following day two with 281 points. Ohio State stands second with 211 points, while Indiana, Purdue and Wisconsin round out the conference’s Top 5.
Ohio State’s diving contingent turned heads Thursday afternoon, qualifying three athletes for the 1-meter final. Senior Stephen Ettienne headlined the group’s efforts with a finals score of 399.15 for third overall. Another veteran Shane Miszkiel followed in fifth with a score of 380.95, while rookie Stephen Romanik shined in sixth (359.70).
On the swimming side, Zimmerman set an Ohio State record in the 200 individual with a time of 1:44.75 for sixth. Former Buckeye Justin Farra, who posted a time of 1:44.86 in 2011, held the previous record in the event. Zimmerman’s classmate Tamas Gercsak placed 13th in a time of 1:45.89, while sophomore Andrew Appleby claimed 15th in 1:47.16. Ohio State tallied 19 points toward its overall team total in the event. In prelims, both Gercsak (1:45.40) and Appleby posted significant drops to their fastest times of the season, with Applyby shaving four seconds off his previous best for a 1:46.40. Five more Buckeyes – Ching Hwang Lim, David Morgan, Andrew Braun, Jack Barone and Chris Cowley – raced in prelims, each registering a season-best time.
A complete evening for the Buckeyes, the squad also earned runner-up honors in the 400 medley relay. Behind swims from senior Connor McDonald, junior DJ MacDonald, sophomore Matt McHugh and senior Michael DiSalle, the quartet finished in a season-best time of 3:07.80. The mark was nearly three seconds under their previous fastest time and automatically qualified the group for the NCAA championships.
Ohio State’s distance standout Brayden Seal placed seventh in the 500 freestyle. Recording a time of 4:18.51, Seal touched second among the conference’s rookies in the event. Senior Rowan Williams competed in the consolation final, swimming to a 10th-place finish in 4:19.85. In prelims, junior Jovan Mitrovic represented the Scarlet and Gray with a time of 4:28.20.
In the 50 freestyle, junior Josh Fleagle led the way with a seventh-place finish in a time of 19.76. The Buckeyes finished back-to-back in the event, as DiSalle followed closely with a time of 19.88 for eighth. McHugh took the top spot in the consolation final, dropping two-tenths off his preliminary time (19.69). Two Buckeyes earned season-best marks in prelims, with freshman Thomas Trace dropping a time of 20.32 and Keanu Stevenson touching in 21.04.
Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Team Scores: 1. Michigan (281); 2. Ohio State (211), 3. Indiana (199); 4. Purdue (136.5); 5. Wisconsin (134); 6. Minnesota (132) 7. Northwestern (98); 8. Penn State (89); 9. Iowa (83.5); 10. Michigan State (46).
Diving Results (Thursday): 1-Meter – 1. Indiana (474.45), Ettienne – OSU (399.15).
Race Results (Thursday): 50 Free – 1. Michigan (19.30), 7. Fleagle – OSU (19.76); 500 Free – 1. Wisconsin (4:14.00), 7. Seal – OSU (4:18.51); 200 IM – 1. Michigan (1:41.93), 6. Zimmerman – OSU (1:44.75); 400 Medley Relay – 1. Michigan (3:04.92), 2. McDonald, MacDonald, McHugh, DiSalle – OSU (3:07.80)
Race Results (Wednesday): 200 Medley Relay -1. Michigan (1:23.47), 2. Zimmerman, MacDonald, McHugh, Fleagle – OSU (1:25.18); 800 Free Relay – 1. Michigan (6:12.20), 4. Lim, Fleagle, Seal, Williams – OSU (6:22.65).
Ohio State Records: 200 IM – Zimmerman (1:44.75).