Buckeyes Clip RedHawks, 175-116
Columbus, Ohio—The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving teams won their second dual meet in as many nights on Friday, besting the Miami RedHawks 175-116. The Buckeyes improve to 6-1 in dual meets this season.
In the meet-opening 200 medley relay, Camey Rabold, Amy Bopp, Ariana Bullard, and Liz Li (1:44.43) edged out another Buckeye relay team comprised of Elizabeth Auckley, Rachael Dzierzak, Meg Bailey, and Cheyenne Meek (1:44.71) to claim that event’s top spot. Alex Wittman then took the 1000 freestyle with her time of 10:12.44 to extend Ohio State’s early lead. In the 200 freestyle, Lindsey Clary (1:51.47) won by a slim margin over teammate Katy Luchansky (1:51.67), and in the 100 backstroke the close finishes continued with Rabold (56.15) squeaking by Li (56.17) for the top spot in that event.
Bopp’s 1:03.29 in the 100 breaststroke was faster than the next finisher by almost three seconds break the run of close finishes, and it also gave her a second top finish for the meet. Amanda McNulty (2:02.30) and Clary (2:02.37) picked up that trend again, though, in the 200 butterfly before Annie Jongekrijg won the 50 freestyle (23.74) to lead Ohio State into the first break with a 106-25 advantage.
Coming back from the break, Luchansky bested Meek (52.37) and Miami’s Sara Krueger (52.61) in the 100 freestyle with her time of 52.03. Zulal Zeren then won the 200 backstroke for the Scarlet and Gray, and in commanding fashion, beating everyone behind her by nearly four seconds (2:00.52). Bopp’s strong meet continued with a win in the 200 breaststroke (2:17.79), topping RedHawk Holly Schuster by a comfortable margin (2:22.54). Kathleen Cook joined the fun with a top finish of her own, this one coming in the 500 freestyle; she was the only swimmer to break the five-minute mark (4:58.20). In the last event heading into the final break, the 100 butterfly, Miami’s Peyton Mosbaugh took first with her time of 57.12.
In the final two events of the evening, Taylor Vargo’s time of 2:06.46 in the 200 IM reigned supreme and the foursome of Cook, Jongekrijg, Meek, and Li (3:28.05) owned the fastest time in the 400 freestyle relay. Diving-wise, Ohio State split with Miami, with the Buckeyes taking the three-meter dive thanks to Hannah Thek’s score of 358.95. Pei Lin of Miami won the one-meter dive (333.53), topping Thek (314.18).
The Buckeyes ended up coming away with a 175-116 win over the RedHawks, giving the Scarlet and Gray two dual meet wins in as many days. They’ll look to go a perfect three-for-three tomorrow afternoon when they face Eastern Michigan. Competition is slated to start at 1:00.
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