Ohio State Enters Final Day of OSU Invite In Second Place
Columbus, Ohio— With two days of the OSU Invite completed, the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving teams find themselves in second place behind the Florida Gators.
The Buckeyes got off to a great start once the finals kicked off this evening, winning the first two events that took place. In the 200 medley relay final, the foursome of Liz Li, Taylor Vargo, Meg Bailey, and Annie Jongekrijg (1:40.11) edged out Florida’s relay team (1:40.24) for the top finish in one of the closest races of the day. Another Buckeye relay team- Camey Rabold, Rachael Dzierzak, Amanda McNulty, and Cheyenne Meek- rounded out the top-five with their time of 1:41.32.
In the 400 IM, Lindsey Clary paced the field with her time of 4:07.95, securing the second first-place finish for Ohio State. Bailey (4:15.33) took fifth as the other Buckeye swimmer in that event. Clary had herself quite the day on Saturday; earlier in the day she qualified for the 2016 Olympic trials in the 400 IM with her time of 4:45.00. Rabold also earned an Olympic trial qualifying time during prelims, swimming a 1:03.36 in the 100 backstroke to give the Buckeyes two for the day.
The 100 butterfly followed that and was dominated up top by swimmers from the Sunshine State. Two Florida Gators finished in the top two spots, and Miami (FL) took spots three and four. Ohio State’s top finisher was Bailey, who finished seventh in the championship heat with a time of 54.76. The Buckeyes’ fastest swimmer in the event was Li; though she just missed swimming in the top heat, her time of 53.10 was the second-fastest of the competition. That was proceeded by the 200 freestyle final which, again, went to a Gator swimmer. Cara Norris (1:49.33) and Rabold (1:49.45) finished in seventh and eighth, respectively.
The closest race of the day went to the 100 breaststroke; Vargo and Kentucky’s Kendra Crew were neck and neck, but the Buckeye swimmer never let up and stayed just far enough ahead of her Wildcat counterpart to notch another first place finish for Ohio State. Amy Bopp (1:02.09) wasn’t far behind and finished in third place, while Katie Antal (1:03.13) and Dzierzak (1:03.52) ended up in seventh place and tenth place. The last race before the final break of the day, the 100 backstroke, was won by Kentucky, who placed the top two swimmers in the event. Florida Gators made up places three and four, and Rabold (53.72) rounded out the top five. Zulal Zeren (54.75) placed ninth for Ohio State.
Closing out day two was the 800 freestyle relay, which was won by a Florida foursome. Ohio State’s relay team of Norris, Clary, Katy Luchansky, and Bailey finished in fourth place with a time of 7:18.28 and two other Buckeye teams finished in the top-eight.
Ohio State divers earned two of the top five finishes in the three-meter diving competition. Freshman Haley Allen placed second with her score of 317.18 and Brittany Menninger took fourth with a score of 298.20.
The final day of competition will kick off with prelims at 9 a.m. and platform diving finals at 1 p.m. The final round of swimming finals will kick off at 3 p.m.
- University of Florida 727.5
- The Ohio State University 607
- Kentucky, University of 404.5
- Washington State 378
- University of Miami 285