No. 16 Ohio State Downs No. 20 Michigan, 181-172
Feb. 1, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 16 Ohio State women's swimming and diving team (9-1, 2-1 Big Ten) won the final event of its dual meet with No. 20 Michigan to eke out a closely-contested 181-172 decision over the Wolverines Saturday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. With the win, the Buckeyes are now 9-1 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten while Michigan falls to 5-5 overall and 2-4 in the Big Ten.
"I told them it could go this way, we were going to take it to the relay and come out with a win," head coach Bill Dorenkott said. "Michigan is a tough competitor but I like where we are heading into Big Tens."
Senior Michelle Williams opened up her senior meet with a victory in the 100 freestyle. She finished with a time of 49.89, a NCAA "B" cut. Shortly after, freshman Taylor Vargo extended her successful weekend with a first-place finish in the 200 breaststroke in 2:15.21.
Following a quick break from competition, senior Kelly Ann Baird clocked in a time of 4:49.23 in the 500 freestyle to put Ohio State in the lead. The Buckeyes were relentless, claiming the top two spots in the 100 butterfly behind swims from Aliena Schmidtke and Williams. Schmidtke claimed the win with a mark of 55.16.
Going into the final event and with the score tied 168-168, the 400 freestyle relay team of Williams, Jongekrijg, Schmidtke and Norris touched the wall first in 3:20.80 and clinched the meet victory on Senior Day.
The women return to McCorkle Pavilion on Saturday, Feb. 8, to open up the Ohio State Winter Invitational. Preliminaries are scheduled for an 11 a.m. start time.
Ohio State Women's Swimming and Diving
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014
Team Scores: Ohio State 181, Michigan 172
Top Buckeye Finishes: 200 Medley Relay - 2. Dunseith, Vance, Schmidtke, Jongekrijg (1:42.83), 100 Freestyle - 1. Michelle Williams (49.89), 200 Backstroke - 2. Zulal Zeren (1:59.59), 200 Breaststroke - 1. Taylor Vargo (2:15.21), 500 Freestyle - 1. Kelly Ann Baird (4:49.23), 100 Butterfly - 1. Aliena Schmidtke (55.16), 400 Individual Medley - 3. Lindsey Clary (4:18.51), 400 Freestyle Relay - 1. Williams, Jongekrijg, Schmidtke, Norris (3:20.80).
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