Buckeyes Open Ohio State Invitational in Fourth
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming diving team opened competition at the ninth-annual Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational Friday evening at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes are currently in fourth place with 168.5 points earned, trailing Purdue (276.5), Kentucky (244) and Wisconsin (220). Competition resumes Saturday with preliminary races set to begin at 8:30 a.m. and finals scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start time.
Ohio State kicked off the invitational with a third-place touch in the 200 freestyle relay. Behind swims from Zhesi Li, Rachael Dzierzak, Annie Jongekrijg and Annelise Sprau, the Buckeye ‘A’ relay posted a time of 1:32.74 for the finish.
Sophomore Lindsey Clary followed it up with a ninth-place showing in the 500 freestyle (4:50.83). A fast race from start to finish, five NCAA provisional qualifying times were posted among the field of competitors.
In the 200 individual medley, senior Ashley Vance and sophomore Amy Bopp both represented the Scarlet and Gray in the championship final. Vance placed seventh with a mark of 2:02.39, while Bopp took 10th in a time of 2:06.29. Li, a freshman this season, then earned fourth in the 50 freestyle (23.16).
The Buckeye contingent of Camey Rabold, Vance, Sprau and Li placed fifth in the 400 medley relay to finish out the first evening of racing (3:46.06). Ohio State’s ‘B’ relay of Erin Dunseith, Taylor Vargo, Amanda McNulty and Jongekrijg also placed in the top-10 with a time of 3:48.98 for ninth.
In the three-meter diving competition, freshman standout Brittany Menninger took fifth with a score of 289.55.
Ohio State Women’s Swimming and Diving
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion – Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 21, 2014
1. Purdue – 291.5
2. Kentucky – 266
3. Wisconsin – 235
4. Ohio State – 194.5
5. Kenyon – 78
6. Virginia – 51
7. Miami - 42
Top Buckeye Finishes: 200 Free Relay – 3. Li, Dzierzak, Jongekrijg and Sprau (1:32.74); 500 Free - 9. Clary (4:50.83); 200 IM – 7. Vance (2:02.39); 50 Free – 4. Li (23.16); 400 Medley Relay – 5. Rabold, Vance, Sprau, Li (3:46.06); 3-Meter Dive – 5. Menninger (289.55).