Ohio State Places 40th at NCAA Championships
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's swimming and diving team finished in 40th at the 2015 NCAA Championships, which concluded Saturday at Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C. California (513) won the team championship by 61 points over second-place Georgia (452).
Over the course of the meet, three Buckeyes - Ashley Vance, Zhesi Li and Lindsey Clary - received honorable mention All-America recognition. Also to note, three school records were broken, with new marks set in the 200 freestyle relay, 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly events.
Li, a rookie this season, started the Buckeyes off in prelims, placing 20th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 48.67.
Two Buckeyes - Vance and Taylor Vargo - competed in the 200 breaststroke. Vance, a senior from Kingwood, Texas, closed out her collegiate career with 32nd-place showing in the event with a time of 2:11.54.
Backed by performances from Li, Aliena Schmidtke, Annie Jongekrijg and Rachael Dzierzak, the Buckeyes also earned 27th in the 400 freestyle relay (3:18.55).
Clary placed in the Top 20 in the 1650 freestyle. A sophomore from Riverside, Calif., Clary registered the 20th-fastest mark in 16:11.05.
Ohio State diving had one representative qualify for NCAAs, senior Taylor Ford. Ford, a native of Ann Arbor, Mich. earned 42nd in the platform event with a score of 270.80.
Ohio State Women's Swimming and Diving
2015 NCAA Championships
Greensboro Aquatic Center - Greensboro, N.C.
Top Buckeye Finishes:
Saturday - 100 Free - 20. Li (48.67); 200 Breast - 32. Vance (2:11.54); 400 Free Relay - 27. Li, Schmidtke, Jongekrijg, Dzierzak (3:18.55); Platform Dive - 42. Ford (270.80); 1650 Free - 20. Clary
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)