Buckeyes Take Second Place at OSU Invite
Columbus, Ohio— The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving teams wrapped up the 2015 iteration of the Ohio State Invitational and finished second in the five team field.
Before the finals started in the afternoon, two Buckeyes posted times that were cause for celebration. Taylor Vargo outpaced every other swimmer in the 200 breaststroke with her time of 2:23.60, which was good enough to qualify her for 2016 Olympic trials. In the final event of the morning session, Katie Antal swam a time trial in the very same event and posted a time of 2:34.70, besting her time in the prelim by .68 seconds and putting her below the Olympic trial standard as well.
In between prelims and finals, the platform diving finals occurred and the top two finishers came from the Scarlet and Gray. Hannah Thek set a meet record with her score of 312.75 and Taylor Pamplin’s score of 280.95 put her in second place.
The finals session kicked off with the 1650 freestyle and Lindsey Clary (16:11.09) led all Buckeyes with a second place finish. The 200 backstroke followed and Zulal Zeren, the lone Ohio State swimmer to qualify for the finals in that event, placed fifth with her time of 1:55.43.
Following that was the 100 freestyle, and event for which four Buckeyes qualified for the final heat. Liz Li (49.90) finished third while Annie Jongekrijg (50.36), Rachael Dzierzak (50.72), and Cheyenne Meek (50.92) placed sixth, eighth, and ninth respectively.
Vargo and Antal returned to compete in the 200 breaststroke finals, along with teammate Amy Bopp, and all three placed in the top-eight of the event. Vargo’s time of 2:13.20 put her in third place, tops among Buckeyes. Bopp came back in the following event to win the 200 butterfly thanks to a furious finish. The junior was trailing Florida’s Taylor Katz until the final stretch of the race; her final split time of 30.46 helped her edge out Katz (32.42) for first place. The final swimming event of the weekend was the 400 freestyle relay, with Florida and Kentucky’s relay teams finishing in first and second. The top Ohio State foursome of Li, Jongekrijg, Dzierzak, and Meek finished in third with a time of 3:21.36
The second place finish marked the end of the last Buckeye swimming event for the calendar year. They’ll next take to the pool on Jan. 15-16 for a two-day dual meet against Big Ten foe Michigan State.
1 University of Florida 1,171. 50
2 The Ohio State University 922
3 University of Kentucky 691. 50
4 Washington State 554
5 University of Miami 368