Columbus, Ohio— Ohio State’s women’s swimming and diving teams hit the road for a dual meet on Friday at Michigan State before returning home on Saturday to compete against Pittsburgh and Akron. Friday’s meet will begin at 5:00 p.m. and Saturday’s home meet will begin at 12:00 p.m.
There will not be live results for Friday’s meet; live results for Saturday’s meet, and every home meet, can be found here.
For Saturday’s meet fans should park in the Neil Avenue Garage directly adjacent to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion for an event rate of $5. CampusParc will begin selling parking one hour prior to all home meets this season.
Here is the event schedule for this Saturday’s meet:
200 Medley relay 100 Free
1000 Free 200 Back
200 Free 200 Breast
100 Back 500 Free
100 Breast 100 Fly
200 Fly BREAK (10 minutes)
50 Free 200 IM
BREAK (20 minutes) 400 Free Relay
Last Time Out
Ohio State had an excellent weekend at Cincinnati, breaking 11 pool records en route to a victory at a quad meet hosted by the Bearcats.
After day one of competition six Keating Aquatics Center records were broken by Buckeye swimmers. Both relay marks fell as well as the 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 400 IM, and 500 freestyle. Taylor Vargo set the record in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.37) and teammate Zulal Zeren did the same in the 100 backstroke (56.65). In the 400 IM it was Lindsey Clary and her time of 4:15.30 that earned her a new pool record, breaking the previous mark by over four seconds. Freshman Molly Kowal was the other record-breaker with her time of 4:48.65 in the 500 freestyle.
On day two the Buckeyes claimed five more pool marks. Clary and Zeren joined that list again with first place finishes 1000 freestyle (9:57.50) and 200 backstroke (2:00.80), respectively. The other two individuals to do so were Meg Bailey and Liz Li; Bailey won the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.61 and Li won the 50 freestyle at 22.76
In the Rankings
In the most recent edition of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll, Ohio State sits 19th in the country, one of five Big Ten teams in the rankings. On CollegeSwimming.com the Buckeyes are 18th, with nine other Big Ten teams falling in the Top 40.
Here are Ohio State’s top individual times as of today:
50 free- Liz Li (21.70, 3rd in the NCAA this season)
100 free- Liz Li (48.20, 2nd in the B1G this season)
200 free- Lindsey Clary (1:46.57, 9th in the B1G this season)
500 free- Lindsey Clary (4:39.33, 6th in the B1G this season)
1000 free- Lindsey Clary (9:37.99. 6th in the NCAA this season)
1650 free- Lindsey Clary (15:57.03, 5th in the NCAA this season)
100 back- Liz Li (53.94, 14th in the B1G this season)
200 back- Zulal Zeren (1:55.09, 6th in the B1G this season)
100 breast- Taylor Vargo (59.86, 4th in the B1G this season)
200 breast- Taylor Vargo (2:09.43. 4th in the B1G this season)
100 fly- Liz Li (51.42, 6th in the NCAA this season)
200 fly- Meg Bailey (1:56.10, 3rd in the B1G this season)
200 IM- Meg Bailey (1:57.20, 3rd in the B1G this season)
400 IM- Lindsey Clary (4:05.90 9th in the NCAA this season)
The Story So Far
- This year the inaugural USA College Challenge was held, an event that pitted the best the Big Ten had to offer against USA Swimming. Lindsey Clary, Liz Li, and Taylor Vargo represented the Buckeyes and all made their marks.
- Li set a new Big Ten record in the 100 fly with her time of 51.42.The performance also automatically qualified her for NCAA Championships. She finished second in that race, only trailing American record holder and Olympian Kelsi Worrell.
- Li also posted an NCAA A time in the 50 freestyle (21.72, fastest in the country this year), an event she won. Nine total Big Ten swimmers won an individual event, including three on the women’s side, so Li put herself in elite company.
- Clary shined brightest in the 400 IM, her time of 4:05.90 currently puts her atop the NCAA leaderboard and all but assured her a spot at NCAA’s. She also had strong showings in the 500 (4:43.22) and 1000 free (9:37.99).
- Vargo appeared in the 200 breaststroke for the Big Ten, recording a time of 2:12.53 in the same event she competed in during this summer’s Olympic Trials.
- In early December, the 2016 AT&T Winter National Championships were held in Atlanta and Clary won a national title, placing first in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:39.33). It marks the second national title for Clary, who capture the 400 IM crown as a sophomore in 2014. Former Buckeye swimmer Aliena Schmidtke won a championship in the 100 butterfly. Her time of 51.87 outpaced the rest of the field to give her gold.
- A pair of swimmers have earned weekly honors for fantastic performances this season. Liz Li was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week after her performance at the USA College Challenge and Taylor Vargo was named CollegeSwimming’s Big Ten Swimmer of the Week after the OSU Invite. Vargo swept the breaststroke events in impressive fashion.
- Ohio State enters the meet undefeated in dual meets, having beaten five Ohioan foes: Kenyon, Denison, Cleveland State, Miami (OH), and Toledo. In addition to that, the Buckeyes have a win at Cincinnati against the Bearcats, Kenyon, and Oakland.
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