No. 19 Buckeyes Conclude OSU Invite in Third
Nov. 24, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After three days of competition at the Ohio State Invitational, the 19th-ranked Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team placed third with 616.50 total points. Hosted at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, the eighth-annual invitational concluded Sunday with fifth-ranked Florida claiming the team title.
Senior Kelly Ann Baird kicked off finals for the Buckeyes with a 13th-place showing in the 1650 freestyle. Baird completed the event in 16:27.04, while teammate Alex Norris followed in a time of 16:27.64 for 14th place.
In the 200 backstroke, sophomore Annie Gillig was OSU’s lone competitor in the championship final. With a time of 1:58.28, Gillig picked up 11 points toward the team total with an eighth-place finish.
Ohio State qualified three team members – Aliena Schmidtke, Michelle Williams and Phoebe Cater - for the 100 freestyle championship final. Schmidtke touched first among the pack of Buckeyes, finishing fourth overall in 49.65. She was followed closely by Williams, who placed fifth in 49.74. Cater, on the other hand, hit a mark of 50.64 for eighth in the event.
The 200 breaststroke and 200 butterfly was next on the schedule. Ohio State was strong in the 200 breaststroke with a fourth-place finish from freshman standout Taylor Vargo (2:13.88). Moving on to the 200 butterfly, the Buckeyes finished 12th behind a 1:59. 51 performance from freshman Amy Bopp.
The 400 freestyle relay contingent of Williams, Schmidtke, Norris and Cater rounded out the meet with a solid second-place showing. Dropping almost five seconds between prelims and finals, the group finished in a finals time of 3:17.42.
Junior Taylor Ford represented OSU with a Top 3 performance on the platform dive (third, 256.15).
Ohio State will now enter a brief hiatus from competition for winter break. The squad will return to action Jan. 11 on the road vs. Toledo.
Ohio State Women’s Swimming and Diving
Top Buckeye Finishers: 400 freestyle relay – 2. Williams, Schmidtke, Norris, Cater (3:17.42); 200 butterfly – 12. Bopp (1:59.51); 200 breaststroke – 4. Vargo (2:13.88); 100 freestyle – 4. Schmidtke (49.65); 200 backstroke – 8. Gillig (1:58.28); 1650 freestyle – 13. Baird (16:27.04); Platform Dive – 3. Ford (256.15).