B1G Weekend Ahead for the Buckeyes
Senior Taylor Ford returns to her hometown of Ann Arbor to take on the Wolverines
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A pair of Big Ten showdowns awaits the Ohio State women's swimming and diving team, as the squad travels to Michigan this weekend to face-off against the Spartans and Wolverines. The group opens competition Friday in East Lansing with a dual vs. Michigan State at 4 p.m. ET, before continuing to Ann Arbor on Saturday for a meeting with rival and ninth-ranked Michigan at noon.
TICKETS, GET YOUR TICKETS
This season the Buckeyes will welcome their Big Ten counterparts to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion for the 2015 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, Feb. 18-21. Tickets for the premier event are on sale now and can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com or by calling the athletic ticket office at 1-800-745-3000.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes returned from their winter hiatus in dominating fashion last Friday, posting a 201.5-93.5 win over the Toledo Rockets in Toledo, Ohio. In all, Ohio State swimming recorded the fastest time in each race, while diving standout Taylor Ford notched wins in both the 1- and 3-meter events.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Michigan State holds a record of 4-6 on the year, and most recently split a tri-meet with Marshall and Bowling Green. The Spartans took down the Thundering Herd of Marshall by a 185-115 margin, while falling to the Falcons, 175-125. So far this season, the team has faced Big Ten foes Iowa and Purdue. Both conference meets resulted in loses for the Spartans.
THAT TEAM UP NORTH
The Wolverines enter the meet with a 7-2 overall record and undefeated, 5-0 Big Ten standing. Last time out, Michigan conquered nine events in a tri-meet against Northwestern and Notre Dame, earning a pair of dual-meet wins. The squad ranks ninth in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America Division I Team Rankings. Michigan has been ranked as high as sixth this season.
Junior swimmer Ali DeLoof is one to watch, as she garnered her second Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honors on Jan. 13. Against Northwestern and Notre Dame, DeLoof won two individual events and assisted on two relay wins.
BUCKEYES REP AT NATIONALS
Six Buckeye standouts suited up at USA Swimming's 2014 AT&T Winter National Championships in Greensboro, N.C. Taking place December 3-6, the Buckeyes competed against some of the nation's top swimming talent with sophomore Lindsey Clary securing a national title in the 400 individual medley (4:09.87).
"We are unbelieveably proud of Lindsey," Ohio State head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott said. "Her passion for the sport, willingness to prepare and ability to step up when the lights are bright are the hallmarks of a champion."
Other team members representing the Buckeyes included Ashley Vance, Erin Dunseith, Amy Bopp, Annie Jongekrijg and Zulal Zeren.
MAKING THE GRADE
Ohio State has earned 12 NCAA provisional times so far this season, while four Buckeyes currently hold one of the top-50 times in the NCAA.
NCAA Provisional Qualifying Times
45. Li (22.62)
29. Clary (9:54.61)
18. Clary (16:13.63)
33. Vance (1:01.12)
35. Bopp (2:12.40)
24. Vance (1:58.41)
12. Clary (4:09.87)
BUCKEYES VS. THE B1G
The Buckeyes have posted eight individual top-10 times in the Big Ten. Senior Ashley Vance ranks first in the 200 individual medley, while Zhesi Li, Zeren, Bopp and Clary are also among the conference's standout performers. Clary ranks second in the 400 individual medley and fifth in the 1650 freestyle, while Vance is fourth in the 100 breaststroke and ninth in the 200 breaststroke. Also in the 200 breaststroke, Bopp claims the seventh-fastest mark. Li, a freshman this season, is sixth in the 50 freestyle and Zeren is eighth in the 200 backstroke.
BUCKEYE DIVING GIVES BACK
Members of the men and women's diving team joined approximately 300 student-athletes, as well as 1,070 additional OSU students in Pay It Forward and Frank W. Hale Black Cultural Center's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Since 1999, students have traveled to various locations and organizations across the Columbus community to volunteer their time and efforts for a day "on," rather than a day "off."
Eli Boda, a 13-year old from Columbus, Ohio, was adopted by the Buckeyes through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation (FOJ), a non-profit, charitable organization formed in 2005 that aims to improve the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families.
On May 19, 2014, Eli was diagnosed with a mass on his brain after a seizure caused him to unexpectedly collapse. Since then, a slew of radiation and chemotherapy has followed, taking a toll on both Eli and his loved ones.
Now, Eli has an extended family in the Buckeyes to lean on for support during challenging times. For more information on Eli, his family and his story, visit the following links: Friends of Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, Facebook, Caring Bridge and Go Fund Me.
The Buckeyes are back in McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion for a dual with West Virginia on Friday, Jan. 30. The meet is scheduled for a 6 p.m. ET start.