West Lafayette, Ind.— For the second day in a row Ohio State claimed an individual Big Ten Championship.
Senior Lindsey Clary won her third career individual title after winning the 400 IM on Friday. It’s the second year in a row she’s won a conference championship in that event; she also won the 1,650 freestyle title last season as a junior. Clary dropped over two seconds off her prelim time to win comfortably and earned an NCAA A cut time for her efforts.
The 400 IM was the strongest event for the Buckeyes so far this weekend. In addition to Clary’s triumph, Meg Bailey and Kathrin Demler finished in the Top 5 overall with times of 4:08.35 and 4:09.74, respectively, and Molly Kowal placed 10th (4:12.64). Ohio State had four finishers inside the Top 10 while no other school had more than one.
A day after winning her own B1G championship, Liz Li had another stellar outing on Friday. She placed second overall in the 100 butterfly with a time of 50.90, breaking her own Ohio State record. It’s an NCAA A time for the junior in one of her best events.
Li also contributed to another Ohio State record on Friday. In the 200 freestyle relay she collaborated with Maria Coy, Macie McNichols, and Cheyenne Meek for a time of 1:27.99, setting a new program mark and giving the Buckeyes a second place finish. It was also an NCAA A time, the first in a relay so far this meet for Ohio State.
Buckeye swimmers and divers dotted the finals results in other events as well. In the 100 breaststroke Taylor Vargo and Katie Antal both earned points for the Scarlet and Gray. Vargo touched the wall at 1:01.47 and Antal did the same at 1:02.66. Three swimmers made their mark in the 100 backstroke: Marianne Kahmann, Zulal Zeren, and Mikayla Murphy. Those three posted times of 54.11, 54.26, and 55.12, respectively, and all helped add to Ohio State’s point total. On the diving boards, Haley Allen’s score of 268.30 made her the first Buckeyes’ point scorer among divers this weekend.
The fourth and final day of Big Ten Championship swimming and diving will begin with prelims at 11:00 a.m. ET on Saturday with finals kicking off at 6:30 p.m. ET again. Fans will be able to see the 1,650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving, and 400 freestyle relay.
Standings through Day Three:
- Michigan 805.5
- Indiana 791
- Minnesota 753
- Wisconsin 741
- Ohio State 529.5