Columbus, Ohio— Ohio State and Wright State will face off in the pool this Friday and the Buckeyes will honor seniors Lindsey Clary, Kaitlyn Ferrara, Taylor Vargo, Chantel Wynn, and Zulal Zeren prior to competition.
Live results for Friday can be found here.
For Friday’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 Friday’s meet:
200 Medley Relay
400 Free Relay
Friday we will celebrate the careers of five fantastic seniors: Lindsey Clary, Kaitlyn Ferrara, Taylor Vargo, Chantel Wynn, and Zulal Zeren. That group contains All-Americans, Big Ten Champions, Ohio State record holders, CSCAA Scholar All-Americans, Academic All-Big Ten honorees, and Ohio State scholar athletes. We will honor these five Buckeyes prior to the meet and, for all you Snapchat users, be on the lookout for our special senior day filters!
In the Rankings
In the most recent edition of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll, Ohio State sits 22nd in the country, one of five Big Ten teams in the rankings. On CollegeSwimming.com the Buckeyes are 18th, with eight other Big Ten teams falling in the Top 40.
The regular season isn’t over yet, but the 2017 Big Ten Championships are right around the corner. This year they will be held in West Lafayette on the campus of Purdue. Anything you need to know about the meet can be found here.
Last Time Out
The Buckeyes lost their first dual meet of the season last weekend in Ann Arbor. Liz Li won a pair of events against Michigan: the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. She won the 50 free in a time of 22.30 and the 100 fly at 53.39. She also posted the fastest Ohio State time in the 100 freestyle (49.00).
Last week, Liz Li was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week after a fantastic weekend of swimming.
The junior helped Ohio State to dual meet victories over Michigan State on Friday evening as well as Akron and Pittsburgh on Saturday. Against the Spartans she won the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.98 and helped win the 200 medley relay (1:42.66). The next day she won the 100 fly again with the exact same time, and she won the 50 freestyle (22.49).
It’s been another stellar season for the Big Ten Champion and All-American. She currently holds the third-fastest time in the NCAA in the 50 free (21.70) and the sixth-fastest in the 100 fly (51.42). Li has not lost a 50 free race this season and she has won 15 individual events so far.
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 has been named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week twice this season 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 has won all but one of its dual meets this season, having beaten five Ohioan foes: Kenyon, Denison, Cleveland State, Miami (OH), Toledo, and Akron as well as Cincinnati at its quad meet.