Ohio State wins home invitational
Elliott sets new school-record in 200-backstroke for the Buckeyes
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State led start to finish against a strong field at this weekend’s sixth annual OSU Invitational.
“I’m truly excited with the team effort the guys showed this weekend,” said Ohio State head coach Bill Wadley. “It was nice to see all the teamwork and how this group has really grown as brothers so far this season. All those pieces put together allowed them to have a fun swim.
“We had some really impressive individual performances: Andrew Elliott with the school record in the 200 back and Alex Miller joined a special class of swimmers going under 15 in the 1650.”
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In the 1650 freestyle, sophomore Alex Miller continued to dominate the distance races, winning in a meet-record time of 14:59.74. Ohio State’s Ty Perkins was second (15:09.31) and Brent Hitchcock was fourth (15:31.44).
Andrew Elliott won the 200 backstroke in a school record and NCAA A-qualifying time of 1:41.52, also meet record. Four of his Ohio State teammates also swam in the championship final. Steven Zimmerman placed second (1:43.71), Markus Sievers third (1:44.37), Connor McDonald seventh (1:45.50) and Kevin Lancki eighth (1:47.54).
Five Buckeyes advanced to the 100 freestyle finals, with Jason Schnur winning in a time of 43.38. Finishing second was Lincoln Fahrbach (44.36), followed by Zach Birnbrich in fifth (44.70), Zach Holmes in sixth (44.92) and Michael Meldon in seventh (45.41).
Purdue’s Lyam Dias won the 200 breaststroke in a meet-record 1:57.63. Ohio State’s Keanu Stevenson placed second (1:59.06), Chris Cowley was third (1:59.14), Dak Stone fifth (2:02;22) and Andrew Braun seventh (2:02.61) in the 200 breast.
The Buckeyes finished one-two in the 200 butterfly behind the performances of Ryan Bubb (1:44.86) and Luke Stirton (1:46.14). Garrett Trebilcock was fifth (1:48.57) and Tamas Gercsak seventh (1:49.18) in that event.
Closing the competition, Ohio State set a meet record in 2:54.27 in the 400 freestyle relay, with the team of Jason Schnur, Lincoln Fahrbach, Zach Birnbrich and Zach Holmes. The OSU quartet of Michael Meldon, Stephen Sakaris, Michael DiSalle and Andrew Elliott placed third in a time of 2:59.43.