Indianapolis, Ind.— The fourth and final day of the 2017 NCAA Championships wrapped up on Saturday, with Ohio State finishing in 19th place, the second straight Top 20 finish for the Scarlet and Gray.
The Buckeyes had seven individual performances on Saturday as well as the 400 freestyle relay. Making her NCAA Championships debut was freshman diver Lara Tarvit. After qualifying at the NCAA Zone C Diving meet last weekend, she put up a score of 207.65 on platform today.
Swimming-wise, Ohio State saw all six of its individual qualifiers appear in an event on Saturday. Both freshmen, Kathrin Demler and Molly Kowal, finished up strong weeks by competing in the 200 backstroke and 1,650 freestyle, respectively. Demler touched the wall at 1:56.12 in her event while Kowal posted a time of 16:14.57 in hers. The 1,650 free actually had two Buckeyes in the pool; Lindsey Clary wrapped up her final trip to NCAA’s with a mark of 16:07.34.
Already with two individual All-America honors under her belt this week, Liz Li turned in a strong time of 48.20 in the 100 freestyle that put her in the Top 20 of the field. Taylor Vargo who, like Clary, was making her final NCAA Championships appearance, swam in the 200 breaststroke and put up a time of 2:12.83. Rounding out the OSU individuals was Meg Bailey in the 200 butterfly and her time of 1:55.83, also a Top 20 finish.
Ohio State ended its relay performances for the week on a high note; Li, Maria Coy, Macie McNichols, and Chantel Wynn improved upon their seed time in the 400 freestyle relay and combined for a mark of 3:16.40.
Lindsey Clary- 400 IM
Liz Li- 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly
Honorable Mention All-Americans:
Lindsey Clary- 500 freestyle
Stanford won its ninth national championship with California and Texas A&M rounding out the Top 3. The Cardinal set five American records in Indianapolis this week.
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