EMU, Ball State Up Next for No. 19 Ohio State
Jan. 23, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Eastern Michigan and Ball State are on slate to compete against the 19th-ranked Ohio State women's swimming and diving team (8-1, 1-1 Big Ten) Saturday in Ypsilanti, Mich. The Buckeyes have been on a bit of a grind to start the second half of the season, with their third road meet in as many weeks approaching. The tri-meet is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start time.
NORRIS EARNS NATIONAL, CONFERENCE HONORS
At the Kenyon Winter Invite, Norris had a hand in setting four pool records - three individual, one relay. She set individual marks in the 200 freestyle (1:48.33), 500 freestyle (4:48.51) and 400 individual medley (4:21.77), while also swimming on the record-setting 400 freestyle relay team (3:26.67).
MAKING THE RANKS
FIRST OF FIVE
Ohio State continued building momentum with a first-place finish at the Kenyon Winter invite last weekend. It was a strong showing for the squad as pool records fell on both days of action. On the second day alone, the Buckeyes touched first in all eight events and set three pool records, bringing their total to five for the meet. Overall, Ohio State totaled 795.5 points, ahead of Cincinnati (279), Oakland (246), Kenyon (244.5) and Ashland (140).
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Ball State, on the other hand, is 3-4 in dual meet action this season. The team most recently swam to a 164-62 win over Eastern Illinois Jan. 18. Prior to that, Ball State recorded victories over IUPUI (176-120) and Xavier (219-72). Last season, the Cardinals placed seventh at the Mid-American Conference Championships.
TALKING TOP TIMES
Top Buckeye National/Big Ten Times:
200 FREE RELAY
400 FREE RELAY
800 FREE RELAY
200 MEDLEY RELAY
400 MEDLEY RELAY
Ohio State opened the 2013-14 campaign with a resounding 195-104 over Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. In all, the Buckeyes had 10 different members earn at least one victory. Sophomore Annie Gillig led the charge with three individual wins, while freshman Amy Bopp contributed two individual victories.
From that point on it was full steam ahead for OSU. Ohio State recorded its second win of the season with a 191-99 performance over Kenyon College in a home dual (Oct. 25). The Buckeyes posted 14 top-times on the swimming side, as well as a pair of wins from diver Taylor Ford.
The Scarlet and Gray only continued building momentum Nov. 1 with wins posted against Cleveland State (252-48), Denison (251.5-48.5) and Virginia Tech (191-109). The quad-meet resulted in 12 of 16 events awarded in OSU's favor.
Then it was on to West Lafayette, Ind. to face the team's first Big Ten opposition - Northwestern and Purdue (Nov.8). Behind tough, gutty performances, Ohio State defeated the Wildcats, 211-89, but fell to the host Boilermakers, 157-143. Individual first-place finishers for the Buckeyes were Kelly Ann Baird, Lindsey Clary and Alex Norris.
After a competitive Big Ten opener, OSU returned to Columbus to take on Ohio University the very next day (Nov. 9). The Buckeyes defeated their in-state foe, 193-106.
The first half of the season rounded out with the eighth-annual Ohio State Invitational, Nov. 22-24. This season the meet featured No. 5 Florida, Kentucky, No. 12 Virginia, No. 16 Purdue, as well as the then 19th-ranked Buckeyes. After three days of competition, OSU placed third with 616.50 points earned.
The Buckeyes also bring back four NCAA qualifiers. Cater, Jongekrijg, Norris and Williams will all bring back the experience they gained at the premier national meet.
"We're a very young team from an experience standpoint," Dorenkott said. "The girls have done a good job this summer to get a good start from a training perspective, and that I'm very excited about. We have a couple freshmen who are going to end up being pretty darn good and that's always a positive thing."