No. 16 Ohio State Trails No. 20 Michigan, 95-91
Kelly Ann Baird
Jan. 31, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 16th-ranked Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team (8-1, 1-1 Big Ten) trails No. 20 Michigan by four points following the first evening of action between the rival programs. The Buckeyes claimed four first-place finishes Friday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion to build a score of 91 points. The dual-meet will resume Saturday at 11 a.m.
Ohio State opened the meet with a second-place showing in the 400 medley relay. The relay contingent of Erin Dunseith, Taylor Vargo, Aliena Schmidtke and Michelle Williams touched in 3:44.59, earning four points toward the squad’s overall total.
Senior Kelly Ann Baird picked up the Scarlet and Gray’s first win of the evening with a 9:52.43-performance in the 1000 freestyle. Ohio State garnered 14 points in the event after finishing one, two in the standings. Freshman Lindsey Clary posted a season-best time of 9:56.60 in the event for the runner-up spot.
In the 200 freestyle, the Buckeyes dominated the event’s top-three times. Senior Alex Norris touched first in 1:47.44, a NCAA “B” cut time. She was followed closely by teammates Katy Luchansky and Phoebe Cater, who took second in 1:49.72 and third in 1:50.05, respectively.
Michigan retaliated in the 100 backstroke, sweeping the first three spots. Dunseith recorded the top Buckeye time in the event with a mark of 55.94 for fourth.
Vargo, a freshman this season, completed the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.68, good for a second-place finish. Ohio State claimed in the next three top-times in the event behind swims from Ashley Vance (3rd, 1:04.08), Rachael Dzierzak (4th, 1:04.41) and Maren Reeder (5th, 1:04.54).
The freshmen class for Ohio State continued its strong swimming for the meet with a third-place showing in the 200 butterfly by Amy Bopp. A native of Clifton Park, N.Y., Bopp recorded a time of 2:02.20 in the event.
In the 50 freestyle, a pair of Buckeyes – Annie Jongekrijg and Michelle Williams – earned the top-two times. Jongekrijg touched in 23.15, while Williams finished with a time of 23.16. Ohio State followed it up with a second-place finish from Norris (2:01.79). It was a season-best time for the Buckeye senior in the event.
The final event for the evening was the 200 freestyle relay. Ohio State claimed first behind a relay of Williams, Jongekrijg, Dzierzak and Schmidtke. The group finished with a time of 1:32.30.
In diving action, junior Taylor Ford placed second on the three-meter apparatus with a final score of 297.38.
The Buckeyes will recognize an outstanding group of six seniors - Kelly Ann Baird, Phoebe Cater, Mary Sarah Cruzan, Kristyn Fulcher, Alex Norris and Michelle Williams - before the continuation of meet tomorrow morning.
Ohio State Women’s Swimming and Diving
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
Columbus, Ohio - McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Team Scores: Michigan 95, Ohio State 91
Top Buckeye Finishes: 400 medley relay – 2. Dunseith, Vargo, Schmidtke, Williams (3:44.59); 1000 freestyle – 1. Baird (9:53.43); 200 freestyle – 1. Norris (1:47.44); 100 backstroke – 4. Dunseith (55.94); 100 breaststroke – 2. Vargo (1:03.68); 200 butterfly – 3. Bopp (2:02.20); 50 freestyle – 1. Jongekrijg (23.15); 200 IM – 2. Norris (2:01.79); 200 freestyle relay – 1. Williams, Jongekrijg, Dzierzak and Schmidtke (1:32.30); 3-meter dive – 2. Ford (297.38).