No. 22 Buckeyes Open Big Ten Championships in Record-Setting Fashion

Ohio State's 200 Medley Relay
Ohio State's 200 Medley Relay
Feb. 18, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten women’s swimming and diving championships kicked off Wednesday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion with Ohio State swimmers setting a school record in the opening event of the meet, the 200 medley relay.

Michigan earned runner-up honors in both relay events contested to take an overall lead with 68 points. Wisconsin (66), Minnesota (62), Indiana (58) and Purdue (56) rounded out the Top 5 in the team standings. Ohio State ranks eighth with 42 points tallied following the first two events.

Earning an automatic qualification to the NCAA championships, the Buckeye 200 medley relay contingent of freshman Zhesi Li, senior Ashley Vance, sophomore Annelise Sprau and junior Annie Jongekrijg highlighted the evening with a top-three finish. Placing third in an Ohio State record time of 1:37.55, the squad topped a mark last set by the Buckeyes in 2012.

“Well first, being able to host this meet at home makes all of this quite a big deal,” Ohio State head women’s swimming coach Bill Dorenkott said. “In terms of our performance in the 200 medley relay, I don’t think we could have asked for much more than setting a school record in the opening night of finals.”

In the 800 freestyle relay, Ohio State’s quartet of junior Annie Gillig, freshman Kathleen Cook, junior Katy Luchansky and senior Aliena Schmidtke posted a season-best time of 7:16.16 for 12th.

“The girls are excited and ready to race because they love to swim at home,” Dorenkott continued. “However, the challenge is that you can’t practice the emotion of the meet. You get on a high during a session, after a great performance and you need to remember to ground yourself again and get ready for the next day and session.”

The championships will resume Thursday with prelims scheduled for 11 a.m. and finals commencing at 6:30 p.m. 

Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Team Scores: 1. Michigan (68); 2. Wisconsin (66); 3. Minnesota (62); 4. Indiana (58); 5. Purdue (56); 5. Penn State (56); 7. Iowa (46); 8. Ohio State (42); 8. Northwestern (42); 10. Illinois (36); 11. Rutgers (24); 11. Nebraska (24); 13. Michigan State (16).

Race Results: 200 Medley Relay – 1. Wisconsin (1:36.82), 3. Li, Vance, Sprau, Jongekrijg – OSU, (1:37.55); 800 Freestyle Relay – 1. Indiana (6:59.10), 12. Gillig, Cook, Luchansky, Schmidtke – OSU, (7:16.16).