Ohio State defeats Miami (Ohio) and Tennessee in dual meet victories
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State did not back down from its challenge of sending half the team to Knoxville, Tenn., while keeping half home to compete against Miami (Ohio) as the Buckeyes pulled off two dual wins Friday.The No. 22 Buckeyes (5-0, 0-0 Big Ten) defeated No. 13 Tennessee 176.50-123.50 while downing Miami 140-112 in Columbus at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Head coach Bill Wadley, who is in his 24th season at the helm of the Scarlet and Gray, was very pleased with his team's effort.
"I thought our leadership played a significant role in the outcome of the meet and everybody had an important role to play," Wadley said. "We won the close races against a very good team and winning those types of races gave us momentum moving forward. The guys had fun today and did an excellent job."
In Knoxville, the Buckeyes jumped out to the early lead after claiming the first three events of the meet. The Buckeye 200 medley relay team comprised of Steven Zimmerman, Keanu Stevenson, Tim Phillips and Jason Schnur and took first to start things off with a time of 1:28.56.
Junior distance swimmer Alex Miller looked strong in his two races against the Volunteers, claiming wins in the 1000 freestyle (9:16.38) and 500 freestyle (4:28.17). The Buckeyes held a 123.50-83 advantage against the Volunteers following the conclusion of the 500 freestyle.
Phillips posted the team's third victory in the 200 freestyle, touching the wall first with a time of 1:38.85 - the fastest time by a Buckeye in the event so far this season. Phillips continued his momentum for the squad in 100 butterfly with a time of 48.81 to notch his second victory of the day.
In the 100 breaststroke, Stevenson tallied his second win of the season with a time of 55.94, while classmate Tamas Gercsak also collected his second victory in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:48.96.
The Scarlet and Gray wrapped up a fast afternoon of swimming with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay (2:57.62) that included Zach Holmes, Schnur, Birnbrich and Phllips. Overall, Ohio State claimed 10 victories against the Volunteers.
In diving, Shane Miszkiel won the three-meter springboard competition with a total score of 387.98, while Christian Holstein finished second in the one-meter event with a total score of 349.80.
In Columbus, led by first-year assistant coach Dave Rollins, the Buckeyes took event wins in 11 events versus the RedHawks. Five underclassmen earned victories.
"The guys were fired up from the beginning of the meet...and they were excited to swim fast," Rollins said. "A lot of guys had a chance to step up against a good Miami team and I'm really happy with the performance they showed [Friday]."
Junior Michael Gallagher, sophomore Jared Kauffman and sophomore Sean Monahan highlighted the meet with two individual wins each. Gallagher won in the 100 backstroke (51.38) and 200 backstroke (1:52.10), while Kauffman claimed victories in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke (2:07.28). Monahan claimed the distance wins for the Buckeyes, winning the 1000 freestyle (9:35.26) and the 500 freestyle (4:42.92).
Peter Lyon, David Morgan, Andrew Yunker and Alex Hutchinson earned the team's first win the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:36.16.
Sophomore Nick Wrightson followed with a time of 1:43.65 in the 200 freestyle to earn a first-place finish for the Scarlet and Gray.
Ohio State wrapped up the meet winning the last three events of the evening. Lyon earned the win in the 100 butterfly (50.91), while Morgan collected a time of 1:53.43 in the 200 medley to earn his first win.
The 400 freestyle relay team of Michael Meldon, Keeler Callahan, Dan DiSalle and Wrightson earned the final victory of the meet with a time of 3:08.42.