No. 10 Ohio State claims fourth consecutive home invitational
COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 10 Ohio State posted its fourth-consecutive win at the Ohio State Invitational with 1,306 points, claiming the title by a 300-point margin of victory. Fifth-ranked Florida was second with 997.5 points followed by No. 17 North Carolina with 575.5 points.
“We're in an environment where everyone is trying to be the best they can be in that particular moment and have some success,” head swimming coach Bill Wadley said. “You'd like to think you can have success every time but you're not going to. [Sunday], and this entire weekend, we had a lot of successes. We really appreciate Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin and everyone else who came to participate in our meet because without great competition, there are not great races or opportunity to compete against good coaches and good programs.”
The Buckeyes won 10 of the 18 swimming races over three days with six different Buckeyes registering an individual win and six Buckeyes a part of a victorious relay team.
“We have a lot of great things going on for us right now, but the most important is finals week we have coming up in the classroom,” Wadley said. “Now our guys have a chance to prepare for that and nail them as well as they nailed this meet this weekend.”
In diving, junior Shane Miszkiel, a three-time Big Ten Diver of the Week this past fall, won the platform finals on Sunday with a total score of 363.10.
Sophomore Steven Zimmerman notched the team’s first event victory of the final session with a first-place finish in the 200 backstroke with a personal-best time of 1:42.85. Connor McDonald was third with a time of 1:43.49.
Senior Jason Schnur claimed his third victory of the invite in the 100 freestyle with a season-best time of 43.31. Seniors Zach Holmes and Zach Birnbrich placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Buckeyes had two swimmers post top-five finishes in the 200 breaststroke. Junior David Stone was third with a season-best time of 1:58.75, while sophomore Chris Cowley followed in fourth place with a season-best time of 1:59.24.
In the final individual event of the invite, sophomore Tamas Gercsak finished out a strong weekend of swimming with a third-place performance in the 200 butterfly with a season-best time of 1:44.55.