Buckeyes Conclude Ohio State Invite with 24 Season-Best Times

Lindsey Clary
Lindsey Clary
Nov. 23, 2014

Results: PDF

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team posted 24 season-best times Sunday at the Ohio State Invitational, saving their strongest performances for the final day of competition. Hosted by the Buckeyes at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, the invitational concluded with Purdue on top the team standings, while the Buckeyes placed fourth with 652.5 points.

“I’m pleased, we have some kids going lifetime bests without the benefit of tech suits,” head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott said. “Today was our best day in terms of being solid this morning and solid tonight.

“We didn’t make the decision regarding the tech suits until last week,” Dorenkott continued. “The decision was based on the kids we have and who our team is. We’re trying to build confidence without using the suits as a crutch. We leave this meet very confident and ready to prepare for the end of the year.”

Sophomore standout Lindsey Clary started the Buckeyes off on the right note, winning the 1650 freestyle in an Ohio State school record and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 16:13.63. Buckeye Susan Gottlieb set the previous school record of 16:14.53 in 1990.


 

 

“We made the decision to put Clary in a tech suit today, because I thought she had a good chance to qualify for the NCAAs this afternoon,” Dorenkott said. “I expect that time will qualify.”

In the 200 backstroke, junior Annie Gillig earned a spot in the championship final, placing sixth overall with a time of 2:00.18. In prelims, Gillig touched in 1:59.00, a season-best and NCAA ‘B’ time.

Three Buckeyes – Amy Bopp, Maren Reeder and Taylor Vargo - earned top-10 standing in the 200 breaststroke. Bopp posted an NCAA ‘B’ standard of 2:15.67 for fifth, while Reeder and Vargo earned seventh and 10th, respectively.

Bopp, a sophomore the season, followed up her performance in the 200 breaststroke with another top-five showing, this time in the 200 butterfly. In a time of 1:59.60, the Clifton Park N.Y. native broke the 2-minute barrier to record a season best and finish fifth.

In platform diving, senior Taylor Ford captured third place with a score of 255.60.  

Ohio State rounded out the meet with the 400 freestyle relay. The quartet of Zhesi Li, Rachael Dzierzak, Annie Jongekrijg and Aliena Schmidtke placed fourth in the event with a time of 3:24.75.

The Ohio State Invitational will serve as an end to the first half of the season for the Buckeyes. The squad will train throughout the winter break and return to dual-meet competition Jan. 16 vs. Toledo.

Ohio State Women’s Swimming and Diving
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion – Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 23, 2014

Team Standings:
1. Purdue – 1097
2. Kentucky – 934
3. Wisconsin – 698
4. Ohio State – 652.5
5. Kenyon – 211.5
6. Miami - 112
7. Virginia – 104

Top Buckeye Finishes
Day Three: 1650 Free – 1. Clary (16:13.63); 200 Back – 6. Gillig (2:00.18); 100 Free – 2. Li (49.92); 200 Breast – 5. Bopp (2:15.67); 200 Fly – 5. Bopp (1:59.32); 400 Freestyle Relay – 4. Li, Dzierzak, Jongekrijg, Schmidtke (3:24.75); Platform Dive - 3. Ford (255.60).

Day Two: 200 Medley Relay – 6. Rabold, Vance, Sprau, Dzierzak (1:42.88); 400 IM – 5. Clary (4:17.86); 100 Fly – 12. Vance (55.82); 200 Free – 14. Ferrara (1:51.82); 100 Backstroke – 3. Rabold (55.76); 100 Breaststroke – 5. Bopp (1:03.39); 800 Free Relay – 7, Li, Rabold, Cook, Vance (7:30.66); 1-Meter Dive – 11. Menninger (258.70).

Day One: 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).

Day Three Season Bests
1650 Free
Clary (16:13.63)
Kelly (17:06.87)

200 Back
Gillig (1:59.00)
Ferrara (2:01.72)
Rabold (2:02.53)
Petro (2:02.93)
Davis (2:03.24)
Auckley (2:04.04)

100 Free
Li (49.92)
Jongekrijg (50.76)
Dzierzak (51.18)
Sprau (51.46)
McNichols (51.53)
Wynn (51.90)
Cook (52.15)
Meek (52.27)
Luchansky (52.77)

200 Breast
Bopp (2:15.67)
Reeder (2:18.20)
Vargo (2:19.53)
Bailey (2:19.16)
Antal (2:21.50)

200 Fly
Bopp (1:59.60)
Wittman (2:09.45)

NCAA ‘B’ Standard Times
50 Free
Li (22.75)

100 Free
Li (49.92)

1650 Free
Clary (16:13.63)

200 Breast
Bopp (2:15.67)

200 Back
Gillig (1:59.00)

400 IM
Clary (4:17.86; 4:17.43)