No. 15 Ohio State Opens Double Dual vs. Princeton, Denison
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 15th-ranked Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team opened its two-day, double-dual meet against Princeton and Denison Friday with strong leads over both teams. Hosted at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, the Buckeyes currently hold a 144-42 total over Princeton, while maintaining a 155-30 lead over Denison heading into day two.
“I am really pleased with how we came out firing,” Ohio State head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott said. “The girls came to race tonight and it’s showing. We’re going to have a great week of training ahead of us going into the invite.”
Senior Ashley Vance achieved two individual victories for the Buckeyes, while seven other team members added first-place point totals to the board. In diving, freshman Brittany Menninger and senior Taylor Ford dove for two of the top spots in the 3-meter competition.
A strong performance by Zhesi Li, Annie Jongekrijg, Rachael Dzierzak and Macie McNichols in the 200 freestyle relay (1:32.61) gave the Scarlet and Gray its first win of the meet. Distance specialist Lindsey Clary clocked in at 16:32.96 to capture an individual win in the 1650 freestyle.
Senior Aliena Schmidtke sustained the Buckeye momentum with a touch at 1:50.75 in the 200 freestyle. Camey Rabold followed in the 100 backstroke, setting a personal-best time of 56.00 and claiming the win.
Vance closed out the first portion of the meet on a strong note when she won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.53, as well as the 200 individual medley at 1:03.13 shortly after.
When action returned, Amy Bopp touched the wall at 1:59.73 to assert a first-place win in the 200 butterfly, while Li tallied her second season-best time in the 50 freestyle with a mark of 22.67.
Ohio State closed evening by sweeping the 400 medley relay. The quartet of Rabold, Vance, Schmidtke and Li posted a first-place time of 3:45.91.
Competition will resume tomorrow with events scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
Ohio State Women’s Swimming and Diving
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion – Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 7, 2014
Ohio State 144, Princeton 42
Ohio State 155, Dennison 30
Top Buckeye Finishes: 200 Free Relay – 1. Li, Jongekrijg, Dzierzak, McNichols (1:32.61); 1650 Free – 1. Clary (16:32.96); 200 Free – 1. Schmidtke (1:50.75); 100 back – 1. Rabold (56.00); 100 breast – 1. Vance (1:03.53); 200 fly – 1. Bopp (1:59.73); 50 free – 1. Li (22.67); 200 IM – 1. Vance (2:03.13) ; 400 Medley Relay – 1. Rabold, Vance, Schmidtke, Li (3:45.91).
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