Big Ten champion Ashley Vance returns to the pool with eight other Buckeyes at NCAAs
Ashley Vance sets school mark in the 200 individual medley, wins B1G title
Buckeyes among the five-fastest in five events entering the conference championships
Buckeyes clinch meet with victory in the 400 freestyle relay
At a glance: Primarily a distance freestyle specialist ... qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle and 200 backstroke ... has tallied points in three Big Ten championship meets thus far in her Buckeye career.
As a junior (2013): Held OSU's fastest time in two events - 1000 and 1650 freestyle ... was part of the 200 medley relay, which finished fourth at the 2013 Big Ten Championships in a time of 1:37.89 ... also competed in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle and 1650 freestyle at Big Tens ... earned two personal best times over the course of the season: 50 backstroke (27.66) and 200 freestyle (1:49.30).
As a sophomore (2012): Ranked first on the Buckeye depth chart in three events - 500 freestyle, 1000 freestyle and 1650 freestyle ... placed seventh at the Big Ten championships in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 16:15.20 ... also competed in the 500 freestyle at Big Tens, placing eighth ... one of 10 members of the Ohio State women's team to qualify for the NCAA championships ... competed at NCAAs in the 1650 freestyle as well as the 500 freestyle ... posted nine individual wins on the season, increasing her career total to 15.
As a freshman (2011): Had first-place touches in the 200 freestyle and 200m backstroke in her first meet as a Buckeye versus Kenyon (Oct. 30) ... recorded victories at Ohio (Dec. 12) and the Shamrock Invite (Jan. 28-29) in the 100 and 1650 freestyle, respectively ... competed in the 2011 Big Ten championships in the 1650 freestyle with a team best time of 16:26.52.
Background: Kelly Ann attended West Davidson High School and is a distance freestyler ... decorated as a 10-time state champion and a nine-time All-American ... voted as the most valuable swimmer three times during her high school career ... member of the 2009 Junior Pan Pacific Team and a member of the 2010 National Youth Team .... Kelly is the daughter of Suzanne and Boyd Baird ... has one sister, Grace, and one brother, Braxton .... graduated seventh in her high school class ... plans to major in zoology and Spanish.
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