Columbus, Ohio—The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving teams were back in the pool today, defeating Kentucky 193-107 in the first of two meets this weekend.
It was a rousing start for the Buckeyes, who swam a season-best 1:40.11 (Camey Rabold, Rachael Dzierzak, Liz Li, and Annie Jongekrijg) to win the 200 medley relay and also nabbed second place thanks to an excellent performance by Macie McNichols. Lindsey Clary (9:55.16) and Alex Wittman (9:59.86) followed that up by going 1-2 in the 1000 freestyle. Katy Luchansky then won the 200 freestyle with her time of 1:49.41; Christi DiPaolo (1:50.06) wasn’t far behind in third place.
Kentucky won its first event of the evening in the 100 backstroke; Danielle Galyer just beat out Li (54.80) for the top spot in that event. Buckeye domination followed in the 100 breastroke with Taylor Vargo, Dzierzak, and Katie Antal placing first, second, and third. Vargo’s time of 1:02.30 was enough to fall just under the NCAA provisional cut time. Another NCAA B time came in the next event when Amy Bopp (1:58.89) won the 200 butterfly, besting teammate Meg Bailey (2:00.48) who placed second. McNichols continued her nice evening by placing first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.03; Jongekrijg wasn’t far behind at 23.12.
After the break Ohio State continued its strong performances, placing the top three finishers in the 100 freestyle led by Jongekrijg (50.83). UK’s Galyer, also having a strong meet to this point, won the 200 backstroke, beating out Zulal Zeren (1:58.86) for the top spot in that event. Bopp and Vargo battled it out in the 200 breaststroke with Bopp coming out on top; her time of 2:13.77 bested Vargo’s 2:15.16 as the two Buckeyes took first and second, respectively.
A Wildcat finished first in the 500 freestyle, the second time a UK swimmer won an event today. Cara Norris was the top Ohio State finisher in that event, swimming a time of 4:54.25. In the last event before the second and final break, Bailey was the top finisher in the 100 butterfly (55.39), just beating out Kentucky’s top finisher (55.43).
On the boards it was another strong meet for Ohio State’s divers. Hannah Thek won both the platform and three-meter diving events, posting scores of 62.33 and 348.60 respectively. Haley Allen also had a good night on the three-meter dive, coming in behind Thek with a score of 328.28.
UK’s Galyer (2:03.60) won her third event of the meet in the 200 IM, beating DiPaolo (2:03.61) in a close finish, of which there were many. To close out the meet, Ohio State’s 400 freestyle relay team of Maria Coy, Chantel Wynn, Emily Albrecht, and Kathleen Cook (3:27.97) cruised to a first place finish, capping off another dual meet victory for the Buckeyes.
Tomorrow, Saturday, Ohio State will take to the pool once again to face Michigan and West Virginia. Competition starts at 1 pm.