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
Four Buckeyes earn multiple individual wins for the Scarlet and Gray
At a glance: Arrives at Ohio State after an impressive freshman campaign at New Mexico State ... specializes in freestyle and butterfly events.
As a freshman (2012): Attended New Mexico State ... became the second swimmer in school history to compete at the NCAA championships ... qualified for the 200 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 50 freestyle events at NCAAs ... won the 200 freestyle at the WAC championships with a New Mexico State varsity record of 1:46.38 ... also took runner-up honors in the 50 freestyle (22.82) and 100 freestyle (49.28) ... picked up WAC Freshman of the Year honors ... also set school records in the 50 and 100 freestyle events, as well as the 400 freestyle relay, 800 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay.
Background: Swam with Magdeburg Swim Club from 2005-11 ... earned several Top 3 finishes in freestyle and butterfly events at the German Nationals ... also posted several A-final qualifications at the German Nationals ...away from the pool, enjoys watching movies and spending time with friends ... lists the atmosphere at the WAC championships as her greatest sports experience to date ... daughter of Michael and Carola Schmidtke ... has two brothers, Tim and Niels.