COLUMBUS, Ohio, November 4. THE Ohio State men's swimming team dominated a quad meet Friday night, capturing top marks in 14 of 16 events. The Buckeyes were the winners in all but one of the swimming races, defeating Virginia Tech (177-124), Cleveland State (211-90) and Division III power Denison (234-64) in the competition at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
"I'm really pleased with the way our guys raced tonight," said Ohio State head coach Bill Wadley. "Virginia Tech came into the meet with some really good times, so we knew it would be extremely competitive. Every race was going to come down to a few tenths. Having our second and third placers step up and race well was critical to our success.
"We need to give our whole team lots of credit. This was our first true challenge of the season and we met it well.
"Individually, freshmen Keanu Stevenson and Tamas Gercsak really continued to step up, and what can you say about Andrew Elliott and Zach Holmes? They are our steadies whatever the race. They continue to come through."
Ohio State finished one-two-three in two events. Alex Miller (4:30.22), Brent Hitchcock (4:30.40) and Ty Perkins (4:35.81) were the top three placers in the 1000 freestyle. In the 200 free, Zach Holmes (1:39.20), Lincoln Fahrbach (1:40.63) and Stephen Sakaris (1:40.73) completed the sweep.
Duplicate winners for the Buckeyes were junior Zach Holmes in the 100 and 200 freestyle and the 400 free relay; senior Andrew Elliott in the 100 and 200 backstroke and 200 medley relay; junior Jason Schnur in the 50 free and the 200 medley and 400 free relays; freshman Keanu Stevenson in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 200 medley relay; sophomore Alex Miller in the 500 and 100 freestyle; and junior Zach Birnbrich in the 200 medley and 400 free relays.
Fahrbach had Ohio State's top finish in the 100 butterfly (49.50), placing second to Virginia Tech's Greg Mahon (49.39).
Tonight was the first competition of the season for Ohio State's divers. Buckeye sophomore Shane Mizkiel (379.20) won the 3-meter diving and finished second (389.65) in the 1-meter competition.
The Buckeye men swim next Friday, November 11, at Miami (Ohio) at 5 p.m. They are home again December 2-4 hosting the OSU Invite.
The Ohio State women's swimming and diving team powered its way to a home win Friday, Nov. 4 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The group faced some tough competition, defeating Virginia Tech (198.0-100), Cleveland State (232.0-66.0) and Denison (234.0-64.0) in the quad meet.
The team of Kelsey Moran, Angela Severn, Shannon Draves and Megan Detro opened the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay in 1:41.38, while sophomore Kelly Ann Baird outlasted Virginia Tech's Erika Hajnal to claim the 1000 freestyle in 9:55.91. Another sophomore, Alex Norris, recorded a victory in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:50.49 and the 200 individual medley in 2:05.33.
"It was a pleasant surprise how well we raced this evening. We had a very good week of training and that shows," head coach Bill Dorenkott said. "I think we're most pleased with how our sophomore class is coming around. They worked hard last year and paid their dues and now that effort is starting to show."
Severn also finished first in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.88) as well as the 200 breaststroke (2:19.86), while Draves continued to impress with wins in the 200 and 100 butterfly in 2:00.24 and 54.90, respectively.
Detro had her first individual win of the night in the 50 freestyle (23.05); she later recorded her second win in the 100 freestyle (50.11), an event that ended in an Ohio State sweep with Michelle Williams (51.82) and Phoebe Cater (52.11) following in second and third, respectively.
Also with her second win, Baird took first in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:51.45.
"One of our sophomores, Kelly Ann Baird, had a couple of wins and is doing a tremendous job," Dorenkott said. "We owe (men's coach) Bill Wadley some credit for that. He's been collaborating with us to improve her stroke, and tonight we saw the results."
The meet concluded with the 400 freestyle relay; Ohio State finished first with the team of Detro, Williams, Cater and Lisa Narum in 3:26.59.
In the first diving action of the season, senior Bianca Alvarez came away with two wins, one in the 1-meter competition with a score of 336.60 and another in the 3-meter with 400.35 total points.
Ohio State will return to action next Saturday, Nov. 12, hosting Ohio University in a 1 p.m. meet at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
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