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Improving throughout the season and dominating in the diving well, the Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team continued to build on young talent and utilize upperclassmen strength during the 2003-04 season. Head coach Bill Wadley enjoyed his 14th consecutive winning season with the Buckeyes, finishing 6-2 on the year and recording lifetimebest times for many of the student-athletes. The Buckeyes narrowly lost to Penn State by one point during the dual-meet season and placed eighth overall at the Big Ten championships. Asserting himself among the best divers in the nation, Mitch Richeson, the Big Ten Diver of the Year, participated in the U.S. Olympic team trials in diving, NCAA championships and was crowned the 2004 Big Ten Champion in the 3-meter dive. An All-American and First Team All-Big Ten honoree, Richeson outscored his closest competitor by more than 45 points in the 3-meter dive and took second in the 1-meter dive at the conference meet. Richeson’s performance at the NCAA championships earned him AllAmerican honors and with his first-place finish in the preliminary rounds of the 2004 American Cup, Richeson earned a spot at the U.S. Olympic team trials in diving. Diving coach Vince Panzano also earned his eighth Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year award at the conference meet. In the pool, Ohio State’s veteran swimmers continued to lead the team, while the underclassmen competitors earned experience and improved their skills. Rob Kauscher was named most outstanding swimmer by the team, finishing eighth at the conference meet with the fourth-best time in OSU program history in the 100-yard breaststroke. Tommy Seay led the team in the short-distance freestyle events, contributing to 10 first-place finishes in the dual-meet season and holding the team season-best times in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyle events. Marty Tomes, honored with the coach’s award, led the team in the butterfly, finishing the 200-yard butterfly with a lifetime-best time at the conference meet and posting 10 first-place dual-meet finishes. The Buckeyes also depended on a majority of underclassmen during the season, with sophomores Benji Hershberger and Jeff Gullett and freshmen Joe Doyle, Nate King, Gary Grant, and Adam Braun posting team season-best times. Upperclassman Ryan Sciortino also led with team season-best times in the distance freestyle events. The two graduating seniors, Andreas Campioni and Sean Veit, concluded their final season with the Buckeyes as the teams’ consistent leaders in and out of the pool. Campioni finished the dual-meet season with seven first-place and five second-place finishes. Campioni was named most improved swimmer at the end of the season, while Veit was honored along with Kauscher with the captain’s award.

2003-04 RESULTS (6-2 overall, 0-2 Big Ten)
Head Swimming Coach – Bill Wadley, 15th year (Austin Peay, ‘79) Head Diving Coach – Vince Panzano, 26th year (Ohio State ‘72) Date Result Opponent Nov. 7 W, 130-107 WEST VIRGINIA and W, 166-69 LOUISVILLE 21-23 5th/8 at Purdue Invite 25 W, 137-96 CLEVELAND STATE Dec 4-6 N/A at Auburn Invite Jan. 3 W, 153-82 OHIO 10 L, 130-111 at Indiana with W, 172-71 S. Illinois 17 W, 151-86 MIAMI (OHIO) Feb. 6 L,122-121 PENN STATE 11-15 N/A at USA Nationals 26-28 8th at Big Ten Championships 12-14 NTS at NCAA Qualifier 25-27 30th at NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships Site Columbus, Ohio West Lafayette, Ind. Columbus, Ohio Auburn, Ala. Columbus, Ohio Bloomington, Ind. Columbus, Ohio Columbus, Ohio Orlando, Fla. West Lafayette, Ind. Bloomington, Ind. Long Island, N.Y.

2003-04 STATISTICS

Event Time/Score 50 Freestyle 20.49 100 Freestyle 44.77 200 Freestyle 1:40.35 500 Freestyle 4:32.56 1,000 Freestyle 9:29.76 1,650 Freestyle 15:48.68 200 Individual Medley 1:51.38 400 Individual Medley 3:59.47 100 Butterfly 49.30 200 Butterfly 1:48.47 100 Backstroke 49.59 200 Backstroke 1:47.37 100 Breaststroke 55.58 200 Breaststroke 2:02.93 200 Medley Relay 1:29.33 400 Medley Relay 200 Freestyle Relay 400 Freestyle Relay 800 Freestyle Relay One Meter Diving Three-Meter Diving Platform Dive 3:17.35 1:21.09 3:00.58 6:41.18 364.28 653.75 399.90

Name Tommy Seay Tommy Seay Tommy Seay Ryan Sciortino Benji Hershberger Ryan Sciortino Jeff Gullett Nate King Marty Tomes Marty Tomes Andreas Campioni Nate King Rob Kauscher Rob Kauscher Campioni, Kauscher Tomes, Seay Campioni, Kauscher Tomes, Doyle Seay, Doyle, Grant, Campioni Doyle, Byrnes Grant, Seay Seay, Doyle Braun, Tomes Mitch Richeson Mitch Richeson Mitch Richeson

Site West Lafayette, Ind. Columbus, Ohio Bloomington, Ind. West Lafayette, Ind. Bloomington, Ind. West Lafayette, Ind. West Lafayette, Ind. West Lafayette, Ind. West Lafayette, Ind. West Lafayette, Ind. West Lafayette, Ind. West Lafayette, Ind. West Lafayette, Ind. West Lafayette, Ind. West Lafayette, Ind. West Lafayette, Ind. West Lafayette, Ind. West Lafayette, Ind. West Lafayette, Ind. Columbus, Ohio West Lafayette, Ind. West Lafayette, Ind.

Date 2/26/04 1/17/04 1/10/04 2/26/04 1/10/04 2/28/04 2/26/04 2/27/04 2/27/04 2/28/04 2/27/04 2/28/04 2/27/04 2/28/04 2/27/04 2/26/04 2/26/04 2/28/04 2/27/04 2/8/04 2/27/04 2/28/04

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
West Lafayette, Ind.

TEAM AWARDS

1. Minnesota .........................712.50 2. Michigan ................................605 3. Northwestern ..........................478 4. Indiana ..............................452.50 5. Wisconsin .........................341.50 6. Purdue ...................................337 7. Penn State ........................299.50 8. OHIO STATE ..........................250 9. Iowa ......................................204 10. Michigan State ......................126

Most Outstanding Swimmer - Rob Kauscher Most Outstanding Diver - Mitch Richeson Most Promising Freshman - Nate King Most Improved Swimmer - Andreas Campioni Spirit of Giving - Joe Doyle Commitment to Excellence - Chris Stoneburg Coach’s Award - Marty Tomes

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2003-04 ATHLETICS YEAR IN REVIEW