Columbus, Ohio— Ohio State’s four seniors- Rachael Dzierzak, Annie Jongekrijg, Katy Luchansky, and Camey Rabold- were honored before the meet today during Senior Day. All four have had great success in and out of the pool, and today they were honored for the four years they have spent as integral members of the swimming team.
Once that was completed, the Buckeyes got in the pool and soundly defeated Wright State 200-81. A Buckeye swimmer had the fastest time in every single event.
Kicking off the meet was the 200 medley relay, which was won by Ohio State. Liz Li, Dzierzak, Elizabeth Auckley, and Macie McNichols combined for a time of 1:43.29 to place first, giving OSU five of the top six finishers in that event. The 400 IM followed and Amy Bopp (4:24.57) won her first event of the evening; all three entrants in that event were from Ohio State, with Maria Coy and Amanda McNulty falling in line behind Bopp. One of the seniors, Rabold, then won the 200 freestyle (1:51.30), edging out teammate Kaitlyn Ferrara (1:51.98).
Meg Bailey in the 100 backstroke (56.42), Katie Antal in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.45) and Lindsey Clary in the 200 butterfly (2:04.40) all followed in Rabold’s footsteps by owning the fastest times in their respective events. The 50 freestyle followed, with Chantel Wynn coming out on top with her time of 23.85. After participating in the winning relay team to start the day, Dzierzak won the 100 freestyle (51.58), outpacing teammate Kathleen Cook (52.35). Clary was the top finisher for the second time to follow Dzierzak, this time in the 200 backstroke (2:04.71).
Another Buckeye won her second event of the meet to follow the 200 back; Bailey edged by Antal in the 200 breaststroke, 2:19.30 compared to 2:19.42. After racing against each other in the 200 free earlier, Ferrara and Rabold again found themselves 1-2 atop an event, though this time it was Ferrera who came out on top, earning a time of 4:59.50 in the 500 freestyle. Li won her first individual event in the 100 butterfly, outpacing the other swimmers comfortably with her time of 54.96. In the 200 IM, Luchansky posted the top time with her mark of 2:05.55.
In the one and three-meter diving events, a familiar face earned the highest marks from Ohio State. Hannah Thek, who has yet to finish lower than first this calendar year, won the one-meter with her score of 322.28 and won the three-meter with a 371.70. Haley Allen followed her in second place, continuing the impressive run Ohio State diving has been on all season long.
Before getting to the 200 freestyle relay there was a series of 50 yard races in all strokes but freestyle. Li posted the fastest 50 backstroke time (25.78), Dzierzak the fastest 50 breaststroke time (29.45), and Ariana Bullard earned the best time in the 50 butterfly (25.87). In a fitting ending to the meet, Dzierzak, Jongekrijg, Luchansky, and Rabold teamed up to win the 200 freestyle relay.
After the victory today, runs its dual meet record to 11-2. With the Winter Invitational next weekend, the team will soon be gearing up for the Big Ten Championships which begin Feb. 17. More information on both events to follow