Big Ten Championships Conclude at McCorkle with Buckeyes in Sixth

Lindsey Clary
Lindsey Clary
Feb. 21, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – On the fourth and final day of the 2015 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, Ohio State placed sixth with a point total of 350. Hosted by the Buckeyes at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, the team had an outstanding meet overall, earning six school records and 12 Top 5 finishes. Minnesota was crowned the champion of the Big Ten Conference with 618.5 points, while Indiana claimed second. Michigan, Wisconsin and Purdue rounded out the conference’s Top 5.

“The takeaways from the meet and things that we’re excited about are the kids that are performing at a high level,” Ohio State head women’s swimming coach Bill Dorenkott said. “So many of those performances have been built over months and years of hard work. It’s gratifying to see them be rewarded for their efforts.

“We had some really nice NCAA ‘A’ cut times,” Dorenkott continued. “This may be the most ‘A’ cut times we’ve had since I’ve been here at Ohio State and we will send some great athletes to NCAAs this year. Where we are as a team and a program, although we’re very young, is really special.”

Sophomore Lindsey Clary kicked off finals with a runner-up finish in the 1650 freestyle. Clary blew away a 25-year school record in the event with a time of 16:03. Former Buckeye Susan Gottlieb previously held the mark (16:14.53). Rookie Paige Kelly also swam the mile, improving on her season-best time with a 16:42.72.

Posting a season-best time of 1:56.45, sophomore Zulal Zeren placed 10th in the 200 backstroke. She was followed closely in the consolation final by teammate junior Annie Gillig, who claimed 14th in 1:57.54. Junior Camey Rabold competed in the bonus consolation, earning an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:58.80. In prelims, three Buckeyes – Kaitlyn Ferrara, Lauren Davis and Erin Dunseith – earned season-best times.  

In the 100 freestyle, freshman phenom Zhesi Li swam to a fifth-place finish in 48.73, a season best. Junior Annie Jongekrijg also picked up points for the Buckeyes in the event, taking 12th in 49.51. Ohio State had seven more swimmers compete in prelims of the event, with all seven clocking season-best marks.

Sophomore Taylor Vargo became the 12th Buckeye to collect a Top 5 finish, placing fifth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:10.38. She was just off her own school record time of 2:10.35 in the event. Senior Ashley Vance and sophomore Amy Bopp placed back-to-back in the consolation final with season-best marks for 13th and 14th, respectively. In the bonus consolation, sophomore Maren Reeder posted a season-best time of 2:15.32. Freshman Katie Antal suited up in prelims, swimming a 2:18.55, which was approximately three seconds under her previous fastest time this season.

Ohio State concluded the meet with a sixth-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. The quartet of Li, Jongekrijg, Rachael Dzierzak and Aliena Schmidtke touched in a time of 3:17.06, a season best.

In platform diving, senior Taylor Ford qualified for the consolation final where she contributed five points toward the team score with a 12th-place showing. Ford posted a finals score of 289.95, improving on her total from prelims.

A pair of rookies – Amanda McNulty and Meg Bailey – donned the Scarlet and Gray in prelims, with Bailey registering a season-best time. 

Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
Columbus, Ohio
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Team Scores: 1. Minnesota (618.5); 2. Indiana (591); 3. Michigan (478.5); 4. Wisconsin (448); 5. Purdue (388); 6. Ohio State (350); 7. Penn State (334); 8. Iowa (223); 9. Nebraska (143); 10. Northwestern (138); 11. Rutgers (112); 12. Illinois (73); 13. Michigan State (65). 

Diving  Results (Day Four): Platform – 1. Indiana (424.45), 12. Ford – OSU (289.95).

Diving Results (Day Three): 3-Meter – 1. Minnesota (411.55), 5. Ford – OSU (340.10). 

Diving Results (Day Two): 1-Meter – 1. Minnesota (365.00), 23. Ford – OSU (249.15). 

Race Results (Day Four): 1650 Freestyle – 1. Iowa (15:57.43), 2. Clary – OSU (16:03.75); 200 Backstroke – 1. Indiana (1:50.60), 10. Zeren – OSU (1:56.45); 100 Freestyle – 1. Wisconsin (47.75), 5. Li – OSU (48.73); 200 Breaststroke – 1. Minnesota (2:05.69), 5. Vargo – OSU (2:10.38); 400 Freestyle Relay – Wisconsin (3:12.96), 6. Li, Jongekrijg, Dzierzak, Schmidtke (3:17.06).

Race Results (Day Three): 400 Medley Relay – 1. Wisconsin (3:33.27), 3. Li, Dzierzak, Schmidtke and Jongekrijg – OSU (3:34.10); 400 IM – 1. Minnesota (4:03.28), 2. Clary – OSU (4:08.07); 100 Butterfly – 1. Wisconsin (52.01), 5. Schmidtke – OSU (52.43); 100 Breaststroke – 1. Minnesota (59.32), 2. Dzierzak – OSU (59.61); 100 Backstroke – 1. Indiana (51.51), 5. Li – OSU (53.08); 200 Free – 1. Indiana (1:44.15), 37. Jongekrijg – OSU (1:49.62). 

Race Results (Day Two): 200 Freestyle Relay – 1. Wisconsin (1:27.70), 4. Li, Jongekrijg, McNichols, Dzierzak - OSU (1:29.41); 500 freestyle – 1. Indiana (4:37.83), 22. Ferrara – OSU (4:50.99); 200 IM – 1. Michigan (1:56.74), 2. Vance – OSU (1:57.26); 50 Freestyle – 1. Wisconsin (21.65), 2. Li – OSU (22.13). 

Race Results (Day One): 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).

Ohio State School Records: 200 Medley Relay – Li, Vance, Sprau, Jongekrijg (1:37.55); 50 Freestyle – Li (22.03); 200 Freestyle Relay – Li, Jongekrijg, McNichols, Dzierzak (1:29.41); 400 IM – Clary (4:08.07); 100 Breaststroke – Dzierzak (59.61); 1650 Freestyle – Clary (16:03.75).

Swimmer of the Championships
Ivy Martin, Wisconsin

Diver of the Championships
Yu Zhou, Minnesota

Freshman of the Year
Kennedy Goss, Indiana

First Team All-Big Ten
Jessica Parratto. Indiana 


 

 

Gia Dalesandro, Indiana

Kennedy Goss, Indiana

Haley Lips, Indiana 

Rebecca Stoughton, Iowa 

Brooklynn Snodgrass, Indiana

Grace Vertigans, Indiana

Clara Smiddy. Michigan

Kierra Smith, Minnesota

Brooke Zeiger, Minnesota

Yu Zhou, Minnesota

Dana Grindall, Wisconsin

Aja Van Hout, Wisconsin

Chase Kinney, Wisconsin 

Ivy Martin, Wisconsin

Anna Meinholz, Wisconsin

Annie Tamblyn, Wisconsin 

Second Team All-Big Ten

Alexandria Deloof, Michigan

Gabrielle Deloof, Michigan

Madeline Frost, Michigan

Claudia Goswell, Michigan

Emily Kopas, Michigan

Zoe Mattingly, Michigan

Gillian Ryan, Michigan

Katy Etterman, Minnesota 

Danielle Nack, Minnesota 

Rebecca Weiland, Minnesota 

Lindsey Clary, Ohio State

Rachael Dzierzak, Ohio State

Zhesi Li, Ohio State

Ashley Vance, Ohio State

Alyson Ackman, Penn State

Carolyn Fittin, Penn State

Katelyn Miller, Penn State

Kaitlin Saloky Penn State

Sportsmanship 

Illinois – Megan Marchuk 

Indiana – Samantha Lisy 

Iowa – Pam Breitrick 

Michigan – Molly Schaefer

Michigan State – Cristee Cordes 

Minnesota – Christie Clarke

Nebraska – Ciara Jenkins

Northwestern – Emily Launer 

Ohio State – Camey Rabold 

Penn State – Megan Siverling 

Purdue – Francesca Marr

Rutgers – Greta Leberfinger 

Wisconsin – Aja Van Hout