Ann Arbor, Mich.— In a battle of two Top 20 teams, Ohio State fell to Michigan on Friday evening at Canham Natatorium, the first loss in a dual meet this season.
Ohio State won a pair of events on Friday, both courtesy of reigning Big Ten Swimmer of the Week Liz Li. She won the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.30 and the 100 butterfly (53.39), both events that she won conference titles in last season. She also posted the fastest time on the team in the 100 freestyle today, posting a mark of 49.00
Four Buckeyes posted team-best individual times/marks in events against the Wolverines. Breaststroke expert Taylor Vargo was the top OSU finisher in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, recording times of 1:02.83 and 2:14.48, respectively. Lindsey Clary led the way in both distance freestyle events; the senior led the team with a time of 9:43.59 in the 1000 freestyle and 4:48.97 in the 500 freestyle. Meg Bailey was the fastest Buckeye in the 200 butterfly (1:59.66) and the 200 IM (2:01.67).
Diving-wise, Haley Allen finished in second place on both one and three-meter. The sophomore posted marks of 296.30 on one-meter and 311.60 on three-meter.
Three different Ohio State swimmers led the team in the three remaining individual events. Maria Coy put up a time of 1:50.34 in the 200 freestyle; freshman Marianne Kahmann had the best mark in the 100 backstroke (56.34); and Kaitlyn Ferrara led the team in the 200 backstroke, touching the wall at 2:01.35.
Both relays turned in good performances for Ohio State tonight. Elizabeth Auckley, Molly Washko, Li, and Macie McNichols kicked off the meet with a time of 1:40.48 in the 200 medley relay. In the final event it was Coy, Kathleen Cook, Cheyenne Meek, and Chantel Wynn who combined for a mark of 3:27.00 in the 400 freestyle relay to close out tonight’s competition.
Ohio State has just one more dual meet on its schedule: a home contest against Wright State next Friday, Feb. 3.