Columbus, Ohio— Two home meets, two wins for the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving teams. The Buckeyes earned a 187-107 win over Denison University on Friday night.
OSU posted the fastest time or highest mark in all but two events against the Big Red. Both Liz Li and Macie McNichols led the way for Ohio State, posting the fastest time in six total events between the two of them. Denison freshman KT Kustritz won both breaststroke events.
Li and McNichols swam with Molly Washko and Elizabeth Auckley started the meet off with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:42.72). Kathleen Cook and Meg Bailey swam freestyle to take the next two events; Cook won the 1000 free with a time of 10:15.81 and Bailey’s win came in the 200 free (1:50.87). Li was back at it shortly after the relay, winning the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.09.
Denison’s Kustritz earned the first of her two breaststroke wins next, taking the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.33, narrowly edging out Washko, who posted the fastest Ohio State time at 1:03.37. The 200 butterfly followed and Amanda McNulty took first with a time of 2:02.47, just before a Buckeye battle in the 50 freestyle. McNichols and Cheyenne Meek went 1-2 in that event, with McNichols’ time of 23.30 topping Meek’s mark of 23.69.
Meek wouldn’t have to wait much longer for a first place finish though, she won the very next event: the 100 freestyle, with a time of 51.70. Backstroke specialist Zulal Zeren followed that up by doing what she does best, winning the 200 back with a time of 2:00.89. The 200 breaststroke was up next and Kustritz of the Big Red came out on top, with Washko again swimming the fastest Ohio State time (2:20.28).
Lindsey Clary had an impressive showing for the 500 freestyle, her time of 4:45.14 was the only one in the field under 5:00. Li outpaced the field in the 100 butterfly, the 2016 Big Ten Champion touching the wall at 55.09 to pace the other eight swimmers.
The second of two diving events wrapped up around this time. Lara Tarvit squeaked by Haley Allen for first place on one-meter (297.83 to 295.20). Allen had a more sizable win early, taking first on three-meter with a score of 287.25. This was the second meet in a row that the two split diving events.
Just two events remained: the 200 IM and the 400 freestyle relay. Freshman Kathrin Demler outpaced the field in the former with a time of 2:06.96, while McNichols, Cook, Meek, and Lucija Jurkovic finished the relay with a time of 3:29.75.
Next on the docket for Ohio State are two more meets against Ohio schools. On Friday, Nov. 11 it hosts Cleveland State at 4 p.m., and the following day welcomes the Miami RedHawks for a dual meet at 1 p.m.