Ohio State Sits in Second Place in Ohio State Invite
Columbus, Ohio— Day one of the Ohio State Invitational is in the books and, as it stands now, the Buckeyes sit in second place.
Friday featured the fewest numbers of events for the three day invite, but it certainly wasn’t short on great performances. The 200 freestyle relay kicked off the final heats and Florida’s relay team (1:30.16) just narrowly edged out Ohio State’s foursome of Annie Jongekrijg, Cheyenne Meek, Rachael Dzierzak, and Liz Li (1:30.20) for first place. Natalie Hinds and Li both swam the final leg and Li nearly caught up to her Gator counterpart, swimming a 21.36 to Hinds’ 21.50, but she came up just short.
The 500 freestyle followed and Lindsey Clary (4:44.03) was the top Buckeye finisher in third place. Jessica Thielmann of Florida (4:39.82) and Kendal Casey of Kentucky (4:42.58) both finished ahead of Clary and both bested the previous meet record of 4:43.52 that had stood for nearly 10 years. In the next event, the 200 IM, Meg Bailey (1:59.91) finished in third as well while finishing under the NCAA B standard for that event. Taylor Vargo (2:02.56) finished in second place in the B final for the 200 IM as well.
In the 50 freestyle Ohio State notched its first win in the best performance of the day for any swimmer on the women’s teams today. Li (21.83) outpaced the field to give the Buckeyes their only first place finish in a championship heat, and in the process broke the meet record that was set during last season’s invite. The sophomore also swam under the NCAA’s A standard for the 50 free, automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championships at the end of the season.
The last two events were won by Florida Gators. In the 400 medley relay, the Florida relay team (3:45.20) eked out a victory over Kentucky’s four swimmers (3:34.85), with Ohio State’s team of Camey Rabold, Vargo, Li, and Jongekrijg (3:36.92) coming in third. Gators Kahlia Warner and Delaney Dye finished first and second in the one-meter diving competition, with Ohio State divers taking third through fifth: Hannah Thek (281.85), Brittany Menninger (277.58), and Haley Allen (269.48).
Competition will pick back up tomorrow with prelims starting at 10 a.m. and finals starting at 6 p.m.
1) Florida- 345.5
2) Ohio State- 285.5
3) Kentucky- 198
4) Washington State- 171
5) Miami (FL)- 128