Strength and Conditioning recognizes weight room accomplishments
Ohio State sends one of school's largest groups in last 25 years
Buckeyes receive invitations to compete at NCAA Championships March 21-23
Buckeyes finish in Top 4 at Big Ten championships for third-consecutive season
Junior Alex Norris drops personal best time in 500 freestyle (4:41.30) for fourth.
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 two Big Ten championship meets thus far in her Buckeye career.
As a sophomore (2012): Ranks 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.