Buckeyes Clip Eagles, 175-113
Columbus, Ohio— Ohio State wrapped up its three-meet week with a 175-113 win at Eastern Michigan on Saturday afternoon.
As has been the case all week, the Buckeye relay team in the 200 medley relay got the Scarlet and Gray started off on the right foot. Liz Li, Amy Bopp, Meg Bailey, and Annie Jongekrijg earned a first place finish with a time of 1:43.19, just .44 faster than Eastern Michigan’s fastest foursome. Lindsey Clary followed that up with a victory in the 1000 free, claiming the top spot with her time of 10:09.74.
Katy Luchansky extended Ohio State’s lead with her performance in the 200 freestyle (1:51.48), though Eastern Michigan’s Grace Van Allen was close behind at 1:51.66. A couple of Buckeyes finished in the top two spots of the 100 backstroke, with Camey Rabold (56.26) edging out teammate Zulal Zeren (56.96). In the 100 breaststroke, Taylor Vargo outpaced the field with her time of 1:03.93, and Bopp did the same in the 200 butterfly (2:02.94). Li then took the 50 freestyle (22.99) to lead Ohio State into the first break with a comfortable lead.
In the 100 freestyle, Luchansky earned her second first-place finish with her time of 52.09, with Eagle Mary Kate Maclean closely behind at 52.30. After just missing out on a top finish in her earlier backstroke event, Zeren came out on top in the 200 backstroke (2:00.98), finishing well ahead of the rest of the field. Vargo became the next Buckeye to nab multiple first-place finishes thanks to her performance in the 200 breaststroke (2:17.91), though she would be the last Buckeye of the day to earn first place points as Ohio State elected not to score any swimmers.
In the following event, Bailey swam the fastest time in the 500 freestyle (4:58.25) which led into the 100 butterfly, which was won by Eastern Michigan’s Carly Jackson and her time of 56.34. Elizabeth Auckley (56.84) had the fastest Ohio State time in that event.
The 200 IM’s fastest finished was Clary (2:05.53), and to close out the meet Ohio State’s relay team of Chantel Wynn, Alexa Wittman, Rachael Dzierzak, and Luchansky (3:28.52) was just narrowly edged out by the Eagles’ top relay team (3:28.46) in the 400 freestyle relay.
As has been the case all year, Ohio State’s divers turned in a stellar performance. Taylor Pamplin won the three-meter dive with her score of 325.43, besting Hannah Thek (316.35) in that event. Thek would come out on top in the one-meter dive, though; her mark of 284.40 led the way with Brittany Menninger close behind at 278.03.
All of that added up to a 175-113 victory for Ohio State, capping a perfect 3-0 week for the Buckeyes. They’ll look to carry that momentum over to next week when they host the annual Ohio State Invite. More information on that to follow.