No. 15 Buckeyes Stand in Fifth at B1G Championships
Feb. 21, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Alex Norris finished fourth in the 200 freestyle and Kristyn Fulcher set a school record in the 400 individual medley to highlight Ohio State’s efforts on the third night of the 2014 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, which are being held on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
The Buckeyes are currently in fifth place with 261 points. Minnesota leads the overall team standings, followed by Indiana, Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Michigan State and Illinois.
In the 400 IM, Fulcher swam a season-best and career-best 4:13.59, good for ninth place and a new school record. The previous record was 4:14.06 by Emily Creran in 2012. She improved her prelim time of 4:14.72 by .13. Freshman Lindsey Clary clocked a 4:17.38 and finished 12th, shaving nearly two seconds off her prelim time.
Norris picked up 16 big points for Ohio State in the 200 freesyle by touching the wall in 1:45.62, which is a season and personal best. Teammate Katy Luchansky added six points when she clocked a 1:47.63, also a season and personal best, to place 11th.
Ohio State tallied its highest overall point total of the night in the 100 breaststroke as it had three swimmers register top-16 finishes. Taylor Vargo was sixth (1:01.20), Ashley Vance was seventh (1:01.75) and Rachael Dzierzak was 12th (1:02.02). In all, Ohio State scored 30 points in the event. In the prelims, Vargo, and Vance each swam their season-best times (1:01.07 and 1:00.90, respectively). Both were under the school record the school record set by Megan Alexander in 2010 (1:01.04)
The Buckeyes’ top finisher in the 100 butterfly was Aliena Schmidtke, who was 10th in 53.04, which tops her season-best time by .54.
In the 3-meter dive, junior Taylor Ford contributed 12 points for Ohio State with a seventh-place showing (313.15).
Action at the championships conclude tomorrow with the prelims and finals in the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and platform diving. The finals will include the 1650 free and 400 freestyle relay.
Ohio State Women’s Swimming and Diving
2014 Big Ten Championships
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
Top Buckeye Finishers: 400 medley relay – 6. Dunseith, Schmidtke, Vance, Williams (3:38.17); 400 individual medley – 9. Fulcher (4:13.59); 100 butterfly – 10. Schmidtke (53.04); 200 freestyle – 4. Norris (1:45.62); 100 breaststroke – 6. Vargo (1:01.20)
Team Standings: 1. Minnesota 526; 2. Indiana 397; 3. Penn State 314; 4. Michigan 272; 5. Ohio State 261; 6. Purdue 253; 7. Wisconsin 230; 8. Iowa 142; 9. Nebraska 110; 10. Michigan State 70; 11. Northwestern 68; 12. Illinois 57
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