Ohio State Finishes Ahead of Notre Dame, Behind Purdue in Saturday Meet
Columbus, Ohio-- The Ohio State women's swimming and diving teams swam against Purdue and Notre Dame in West Lafayette on Saturday, finishing with 105 points in their second competition of the weekend. The Boilermakers' 149 points were the most among the three teams, while Notre Dame managed just 27.
To kick off the meet, Purdue's quartet of swimmers placed first in the 200 medley relay, ahead of the relay team of Liz Li, Rachael, Dzierzak, Ariana Bullard, and Annie Jongekrijg and their time of 1:43.17. Ohio State's Lindsey Clary (9:46.44) was very narrowly edged out by Purdue's Kaersten Meitz (9:46.29) in the 1000 freestyle to give the hosts another first place finish. Clary held the lead nearly two-thirds of the way through the race, but Meitz ended up on top to secure first-place points for the Boilermakers. Katy Lunchansky's time of 1:51.47 in the 200 freestyle was good for second behind Purdue's Alexa Davis.
The Buckeyes notched their first win of the afternoon in the 100 backstroke; Camey Rabold (55.15) outpaced Notre Dame's Cather Mulquin (55.76), giving Ohio State a first-place finish and helping to close the gap a little between the Big Ten foes. Purdue would come back in the 100 breaststroke, placing the top-three swimmers in the event. Taylor Vargo (1:03.57) earned the top finish for the Scarlet and Gray in that event. The Boilermakers continued on with their impressive meet, with Meagan Lim finishing ahead of Meg Bailey (2:03.07) for the top spot in the 200 butterfly. Li (22.98) would regain points and some momentum for Ohio State in the 50 freestyle by placing first and also swimming the team's fastest time in that event this season to head into the break. During that break, Hannah Thek placed fourth in the one-meter diving event for the highest Buckeye finish.
When the swimmers got back in the pool, Li (50.04) earned another first-place finish, this time in the 100 freestyle, matching her personal best from this season. Following that, Zulal Zeren helped continue Ohio State's strength in backstroke events by winning the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:59.19.
Purdue got back on the winning track in the 200 breaststroke, with Emily Fogle edging out Amy Bopp (2:17.53), and then again in the 500 freestyle; Clary's time of 4:52.20 was good for second-place. The final event before the second break was the 100 butterfly, where Purdue and Notre Dame placed the top-six swimmers. In the three-meter dive, Thek came back and won with a score of 307.90, her third first-place finish of the weekend.
Bailey nabbed Ohio State another victory in the 200 IM with a time of 2:03.84 in an outstanding effort. Purdue's Lim held a lead halfway through the race, but Bailey's second-half split times of 35.65 (breaststroke) and 28.49 (freestyle) helped her pull ahead. To round out the meet, the Boilermakers won the 400 freestyle relay, beating out Annie Jongekrijg, Kathleen Cook, Li, and Rabold's time of 3:25.48.
Ohio State left with a 176-113 victory over Notre Dame, but a 167-133 defeat at the hands of its Big Ten counterparts.
The Buckeyes next event will be Nov. 6 against Denison University at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.