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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 23rd-ranked Ohio State women's swimming and diving team is poised to take on Wright State Saturday afternoon at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. A co-ed dual hosted alongside the Buckeye men; the meet is scheduled to begin at noon. Fans are encouraged to arrive early, as a ceremony for the senior class will commence at approximately 11:40 a.m.
200 Medley Relay
200 Free Relay
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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 recently split a pair of road meets vs. Michigan State and Michigan (Jan. 23-24). Ohio State defeated Michigan State by a margin of 148.5-93.5 in East Lansing, Mich., before dropping a hard-fought contest to No. 9 Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., 190-110. Senior diver Taylor Ford earned Ohio State Athlete of the Week accolades for her efforts. Ford picked up a win in the 1-meter event vs. Michigan State, then returned to her hometown of Ann Arbor, Mich. and received runner-up honors on the 1-meter apparatus against Michigan.
Previously, the team returned from their winter hiatus in dominating fashion, posting a 201.5-93.5 win over the Toledo Rockets in Toledo, Ohio (Jan. 16). In all, Ohio State swimming recorded the fastest time in each race, while Ford notched wins in both the 1- and 3-meter events.
Ohio State will recognize an outstanding class of seniors prior to the dual vs. Wright State. The list of veterans to be recognized includes Lauren Davis, Taylor Ford, Aliena Schmidtke and Ashley Vance.
Davis hails from Austin, Texas. A Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, she has competed in three-consecutive Big Ten championship meets. Davis plans to attend optometry school at the University of Houston following graduation. An Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete selection, she was admitted to Houston's optometry school before even showing up for an interview.
Ford is from Ann, Arbor Michigan. She is a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, who has competed at three-consecutive Big Ten championship meets and is a three-time NCAA zone meet qualifier. An Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete selection, Ford is pursuing a degree in neuroscience.
Schmidtke is a Big Ten championship finalist, who arrived in Columbus after an impressive freshman campaign at New Mexico State. A native of Magdeburg, Germany, she plans to continue her education at Ohio State while training for the Olympic Trials in Germany.
Vance is from Kingwood, Texas. She is a three-time Big Ten finalist, who captured a conference title last season in the 200 individual medley. An NCAA qualifier and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, Vance is currently the school record holder in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley. After earning her degree in English, she aspires to join the Peace Core.
STUDENT-ATHLETES SHINE IN THE CLASSROOOM
Striving to showcase excellence both in the water and in the classroom, members of the women's swimming contingent registered an excellent Autumn 2014 academic term. Two student-athletes, Amy Bopp and Lauren Davis, even earned perfect, 4.0 grade-point averages. As a unit, the Buckeyes posted a team GPA of 3.22 for Autumn Semester, bringing the Scarlet and Gray's cumulative GPA to 3.32 overall.
SCOUTING WRIGHT STATE
Wright State is coached by Kyle Oaks, who served as an assistant coach for the Raiders for three seasons before being promoted to associate head coach of the swimming and diving program in July of 2013. In the previous five meetings against the Buckeyes, dating back to the 2008-09 season, Ohio State has claimed all five wins.
The Lady Raiders currently hold a dual meet record of 1-6. Samantha Miller, a junior from Fremont, Ohio, earned recently Horizon League Swimmer of the week honors after picking up three individual wins in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle. Miller holds WSU's top times this season in three events and is second in the 500 freestyle.
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 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)
23. Clary (9:49.82)
18. Clary (16:13.63)
33. Vance (1:01.12)
34. Bopp (2:12.40)
26. Vance (1:58.41)
14. Clary (4:09.87)
BUCKEYES VS. THE B1G
The Buckeyes have posted nine 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 will host the Ohio State Winter Invite Feb. 14-15 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The meet will serve as a precursor for the 2015 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.