No. 15 Buckeyes Finish Fourth At B1G Championships
Feb. 22, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Freshman Taylor Vargo set a school record in the 200 breaststroke (2:11.62) as Ohio State concluded the 2014 Big Ten Championships by finishing in fourth place. It was the fourth time in three days that the Buckeyes established a new school record. Ohio State also registered three top-three finishes over the course of the championships.
Minnesota claimed the overall team title with 760 points, followed by Indiana, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Purdue, Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Michigan State and Illinois.
Ashley Vance, who established two school records at the championships (200 IM, 100 breaststroke), was named First Team All-Big Ten. She was also the Buckeyes’ top overall point scorer (44).
Ohio State’s top event on Saturday was the 200 breaststroke as Vargo and Vance gave Ohio State top top-eight finishers and 26 total points. Vargo was fifth with her school-record time of 2:11.62 and Vance was seventh (2:12.48). Both are NCAA “B” cuts. The previous record in the 200 backstroke was 2:11.79 by Megan Alexander, set in 2011.
Saturday’s final session began with the 1650 freestyle and the Buckeyes were able to register a pair of top-eight finishes. Lindsey Clary was sixth (16:17.14) while Alex Norris was eighth (16:18.64). Both times are NCAA “B” cuts and career-bests. The Buckeyes picked up a total of 24 points in the event.
In the next event, the 200 backstroke, Fulcher continued her stellar performance at the championships with a career-best time of 1:57.02 to take 11th place. Not far behind was Mary Sarah Cruzan in 13th place with a career-best time of 1:57.60.
In the 100 freestyle, Ohio State gained 18 points behind the top-16 finishes of senior Michelle Williams (fourth, 49.06) and Aliena Schmidtke (14th, 49.55). In the prelims, Williams swam a 48.97, .49 seconds off the school record of 48.48 set by Megan Detro in 2011.
Freshman Amy Bopp moved up from 21st in the 200 butterfly prelims to finish 17th in the finals, touching the wall in 2:00.97 and shaving .47 seconds off her prelim time of 2:01.44.
Junior Taylor Ford finished 12th in the platform diving (264.25).
The championships concluded with the 400 freestyle relay as Ohio State’s team of Williams, Schmidtke, Norris and Annie Jongekrijg were fifth (3:17.18, NCAA “B” cut).
Ohio State Women’s Swimming and Diving
Buckeye Highlights (All Days):
Top Buckeye Finishers (Saturday): 1650 freestyle – 6. Clary (16:17.14); 200 backstroke – 11. Fulcher (1:57.02); 100 freestyle – 4. Williams (49.06); 200 breaststroke – 5. Vargo (2:11.62); 200 butterfly – 17. Bopp (2:00.97); 400 freestyle relay - 5. Williams, Norris, Schmidtke, Jongekrijg (3:17.18).
Team Standings (Final): 1. Minnesota 760; 2. Indiana 649; 3. Penn State 484; 4. Ohio State 374; 5. Michigan 361; 6. Wisconsin 338; 7. Purdue 334; 8. Iowa 199; 9. Nebraska 145; 10. Northwestern 110; 11. Michigan State 87; 12. Illinois 79