Another School Record Falls at NCAAs; Clary Earns a Spot in Finals

Lindsey Clary
Lindsey Clary
March 20, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's swimming and diving team continued competition at the 2015 NCAA Championships at Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C. on Friday. Highlighting the day for the Buckeyes, senior Aliena Schmidtke posted an Ohio State record in prelims of the 100 butterfly and sophomore Lindsey Clary earned a spot in finals of the 400 individual medley.

Making the most of her opportunity to race in the evening session, Clary earned 14th with a time of 4:08.91. In prelims, Clary, a native of Riverside, Calif., dropped a time of 4:09.46, which also ranked 14th-fastest among the field.

Schmidtke registered the 18th-fastest time in prelims of the 100 butterfly, which slated her as an alternate for finals. Her time of 52.26 was an Ohio State record, topping the previous mark of 52.29 set by Shannon Draves in 2013.

The Buckeyes opened the day with a 21st-place showing in the 200 medley relay, which ranked second among schools representing the Big Ten Conference. The quartet of Zhesi Li, Ashley Vance, Annelise Sprau and Annie Jongekrijg finished in a time of 1:38.25 in the event.

Narrowly missing a spot in finals, junior Rachael Dzierzak touched in a time of 1:00.08 for 19th in the 100 breaststroke. Two more Buckeyes -Vance and Taylor Vargo - also competed in prelims. Vance placed 33rd in 1:00.92, while Vargo took 34th in a season-best time of 1:00.97.

Li, a rookie this season, was Ohio State's lone representative in the 100 backstroke. Finishing in a time of 53.57, Li claimed 38th overall.

In the team rankings, California ranks first with 383.5 points, while Ohio State holds onto 36th with five points.

The third and final day of the NCAA championships will take place Saturday. Prelims are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., while finals will resume are 6 p.m.

Ohio State Women's Swimming and Diving
2015 NCAA Championships
Greensboro Aquatic Center - Greensboro, N.C.

Top Buckeye Finishes:
Friday - 200 Medley Relay - 21. Li, Vance, Sprau, Jongekrijg (1:38.25); 100 Fly - 18. Schmidtke (52.26); 100 Breast - 19. Dzierzak (1:00.08); 100 Back - 38. Li (53.57); 400 IM - 14. Clary (4:08.91).

Thursday - 200 Free Relay - 19. Li, Jongekrijg, McNichols, Dzierzak (1:29.13); 500 Free - 51. Clary (4:48.36); 200 IM - 16. Vance (1:57.70); 50 Free - 16. Li (22.62); 400 Medley Relay - 20. Li, Dzierzak, Schmidtke, Jongekrijg (3:34.65).

School Records - 200 Free Relay - Li, Jongekrijg, McNichols, Dzierzak (1:29.13); 200 IM - Vance (1:56.16); 100 Fly - Schmidtke (52.26).

Honorable Mention All-Americans:
Ashley Vance (200 Individual Medley)
Zhesi Li (50 Freestyle)
Lindsey Clary (400 Individual Medley)