Buckeyes Win Big at Kentucky to Begin Season

Oct. 11, 2013



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COLUMBUS, Ohio - In front of a capacity crowd at Lancaster Aquatics Center, the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team opened the season Friday evening with a 195-104 victory at Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. The Buckeyes posted wins in 13 swimming events vs. the Wildcats.

“It was a quality win and good way to start the season,” said head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott, who began his sixth season at the helm of the Scarlet and Gray and secured his 128th career dual win. “The team raced with pride and plenty of heart." 

In all, the Buckeyes had 10 different members earn at least one victory over the Wildcats. Sophomore Annie Gillig led the charge with three individual wins, while freshman Amy Bopp each had two individual victories. Freshman Lindsey Clary, senior Alex Norris, junior Aliena Schmidtke, senior Michelle Williams and senior Kelly Ann Baird all touched the wall first in their respective events. The Buckeyes began the evening with a 200 medley relay win that include sophomore Reanna Dona, junior Ashley Vance, senior Phoebe Cater and Williams with a time of 1:44.01.

Gillig, who was a 2013 Big Ten point scorer, swept the backstroke events, winning the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.53 and the 200 backstroke in 2:06.03. Bopp, a native of Clifton Park, N.Y., had a memorable first collegiate meet collecting a pair of victories in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.23) and the 200 breaststroke (2:18.05).

Clary, who earned a spot on the U.S. Junior National this past summer, picked up her first collegiate win with a time of 10:10.09 in the 1000 freestyle. Norris continued the Buckeye impressive stretch of 10-consecutive wins to start the meet. She placed first overall in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:49.14 followed by Schmidkte and Dunseith, receptively.

The Buckeyes swept the Top 3 spots in the 100 backstroke led by Gillig. Sophomore Camey Rabold and freshman Amanda Petro followed in second and third place, respectively. Sophomore Rachael Dzierzak followed Bopp in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.30.

In the 50 freestyle, Williams sprinted her way to a time of 23.40 for first overall followed by Jongekrijg, who touched the wall in 24 seconds. Schmidtke earned the top nod in the 100 freestyle with, recording a time of 50.84 followed by Williams at 51.03.

Baird placed first overall in her specialty event, the 500 freestyle, with a time 4:53.73, while Cater collected third place in the 100 butterfly. Gillig rounded out her three-win performance, winning the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:06.03.

Ohio State concluded the swimming events in winning fashion as Jongekrijg, Schmidtke, Norris and Williams placed first in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:25.29.

In diving, junior Taylor Ford had an impressive opener to begin her junior year, claiming two runner-up honors in the 1-meter and 3-meter events, respectively. She was just 0.07 points off first place in the 3-meter event with a total score of 287.63, while collecting a total of 269.03 in the 3-meter event.  Also, Ohio State diving coach Justin Sochor made his Buckeye debut vs. the Wildcats.

Ohio State will next host its annual Scarlet and Gray exhibition Oct. 18 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

Ohio State Women’s Swimming and Diving
Friday, Oct. 11, 2013
Lexington, Ky.

Team Scores: Ohio State 195, Kentucky 104

Ohio State Wins: 200 medley relay – 1. Dona, Vance, Cater, Williams (1:44.01); 1000 freestyle –1. Clary (10:00.19); 200 freestyle – 1. Norris (1:49.14); 100 backstroke – 1. Gillig (56.63); 100 breaststroke – 1. Bopp (1:04.23); 200 butterfly: -3. Cater (2:06.84); 50 freestyle – 1. Williams (23.40); 100 freestyle – 1. Schmidtke (50.84); 200 backstroke – 1. Gillig (2:00.60); 200 breaststroke – 1. Bopp (2:18.05); 500 freestyle – 1. Baird (4:53.73); 100 butterfly – 3. Cater (56.58); 200 IM - 1.Gillig (2:06.03); 400 freestyle relay  - 1. Jongekriijg, Schmidtke, Norris and Williams (3:25.29); 1-meter dive – 2. Ford (269.03); 3-meter dive – 2. Ford (287.63).