Freshman Taylor Vargo earns a Top 3 finish for the Scarlet and Gray
Team kicks off competition with 180.5 points on the night
Ohio State welcomes solid field this weekend to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Buckeyes get contributions from veterans and newcomers alike
Buckeyes defeat Wildcats, fall to Purdue in Big Ten Opener
At a glance: A diverse swimmer, Alex competes in freestyle, individual medley and butterfly events for the Buckeyes ... qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the 200 and 400 freestyle events ... currently holds Ohio State varsity records in two relay events, the 400 freestyle relay (3:16.10) and the 800 freestyle relay (7:02.64).
As a junior (2013): All-Big Ten selection ... returned to the NCAA championships for the second-consecutive year as a relay member ... part of the 800 freestyle relay squad that posted a season-best time of 7:13.33 for sixth overall at the 2013 Big Ten Championships ... holds the team's third-fastest times in the 100 freestyle (50.06) and 100 butterfly (55.15), while fourth on the squad in the 200 freestyle (1:48.64) ... finished 25th in the 200 freestyle at the NCAA Championships (1:46.44) ... Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete selection.
As a sophomore (2012):Qualified for her second-consecutive NCAA championships ... has recorded 14 individual victories as a Buckeye, including seven wins as a sophomore ... set personal best times in five events:100 freestyle (50.47); 200 freestyle (1:46.96); 200 backstroke (2:05.11); 200 breaststroke (2:26.55); 500 freestyle (4:45.30); 1000 freestyle (10:11.03) ... earned Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete recognition ... was also named a CSCAA All-American.
As a freshman (2011): Picked up honorable mention All-America honors with her 10th-place finish in the 800 freestyle relay with a school record time of 6:55.40 at the NCAA championships ... earned honorable mention All-America honors for a second time on the final day of the NCAA championships with her performance in the 400 freestyle relay, finishing 14th in 3:17.50 ... in all, Alex competed in three other events at NCAAs including the 200 butterfly, 200 individual medley and 200 freestyle ... led all freshmen with seven wins on the year ... finished runner-up at the Big Ten championships in both the 400 and 800 freestyle relays.
Background: Alex attended Sycamore High School ... an Academic All-American and a four-time All-American in the pool ... voted Sycamore's Most Valuable Swimmer four years ... a two-time winner of the GMC Swimmer of the Year award ... Alex is the daughter of Michael and Sharon Norris ... she has one sister, Cara, and one brother, Thomas ... a member of the National Honor Society ... plans to major in exercise science ... enjoys art, drawing, and painting.