Records Fall On Second Day of B1G Championships
Feb. 20, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior Ashley Vance claimed the conference title in the 200 individual medley to highlight Ohio State’s record-breaking second day of the 2014 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, held on the campus of the University of Minnesota. In total, Ohio State had three top-three performances and scored a total of 93 points.
The Buckeyes currently stand in fourth place with 151 points. Minnesota leads with 258 points, followed by Indiana (211), Penn State (157), Ohio State and Wisconsin (144).
Vance, who set a school record in the 200 IM during the morning prelims by clocking a 1:58.35, proved that was simply a preview of things to come after her performance in the finals. She touched the wall first in 1:56.91 and became the Buckeyes’ first conference champion in the event since Janelle Bosse in 1988. The previous school record was held by Angela Severn, who clocked a 1:58.54 in 2011.
Led by Vance’s performance, Ohio State picked up 25 points in the event. Kristyn Fulcher finished 12th win a personal-best time of 2:00.26.
Alex Norris contributed 16 points for the Buckeyes when she finished third in the 500 freestyle. The senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, touched the wall in 4:39.88, just .03 seconds off her personal-best time of 4:39.85 that she swam in the prelims. Norris' prelim time was also just .14 seconds off the school record set in 2011 by Sam Cheverton. Kelly Ann Baird was 16th overall with a time of 4:47.79.
Michelle Williams shaved .18 seconds off her prelim time to place third in the 50 freestyle (22.46) and picked up 16 big points for Ohio State in the process. Her time is a personal best, topping the 22.64 she swam in the prelims and 22.65 at last year’s NCAA Championships. Annie Jongekrijg contributed seven points by placing 10th with a time of 22.76, which is also a personal-best.
The finals session began with the 200 freestyle relay and Ohio State’s team of Williams, Jongekrijg, Rachael Dzierzak and Aliena Schmidtke took fifth place (1:29.97) and picked up 28 points. That is a season-best time for Ohio State in the event.
The championships continue tomorrow at noon EST with the prelims in the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 3-meter diving.
Ohio State Women’s Swimming and Diving
Top Buckeye Finishers: 200 freestyle relay – 5. Williams, Jongekrijg, Dzierzak, Schmidtke (1:29.97); 500 freestyle – 3. Norris (4:39.88); 200 individual medley – 1. Vance (1:56.91); 50 freestyle – 3. Williams (22.46)
Team Standings: 1. Minnesota 258; 2. Indiana 211; 3. Penn State 157; 4. Ohio State 151; 5. Wisconsin 144; 6. Purdue 138; 7. Michigan 131; 8. Nebraska 81; 8. Iowa 81; 10. Michigan State 47; 11. Northwestern 45; 12. Illinois 36