No. 23 Buckeyes Set to Host Ohio State Winter Invite
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 23rd-ranked Ohio State women’s swimming and diving will welcome representatives from nine schools for the Ohio State Winter Invitational Saturday and Sunday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Admission is free of charge for the meet, which will serve as a precursor for the 2015 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships scheduled to take place the following week in Columbus, Ohio.
Prelims are scheduled for an 11 a.m. start time each day, while finals will began at 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.
Name: 2015 Ohio State Winter Invitational
Facility: Bill & Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Order of Events
Saturday, Feb. 14
Prelims: 11 a.m.
Finals: 5 p.m.
200 Medley Relay
200 Free Relay
Sunday, Feb. 15
Prelims: 11 a.m.
1650 Free (Final)
Finals: 4 p.m.
400 Medley Relay
400 Free Relay
TICKETS, GET YOUR TICKETS
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.
WATCH IT LIVE
A video feed of the Ohio State Winter Invite will be available on BTN2Go. Fans who receive BTN through their cable provider have access to games and events on BTN2Go.
IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State ranks 23rd in the nation according to the latest Top 25 poll of Division I women’s teams conducted by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (Jan. 29). The Buckeyes are joined in the Top 25 by fellow Big Ten teams Indiana (13), Michigan (15), Purdue (16), Minnesota (19) and Wisconsin (21).
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes captured a 147-65 win over Wright State Saturday afternoon at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. In all, Ohio State captured victories in nine events en route to sealing their dual meet record at 11-1 for the season.
Ohio State recently split a pair of road meets vs. Michigan State and Michigan (Jan. 23-24). The Buckeyes 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.
MENNINGER RECEIVES B1G HONORS
Brittany Menninger, a member of Ohio State’s diving contingent, was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. It marks the first conference honor the Powell, Ohio, native has received during in her collegiate career.
Menninger contributed handedly in Ohio State’s recent dual meet victory over Wright State. With a score of 306.83, she claimed first in the 1-meter event and earned runner-up honors on the 3-meter apparatus (331.50). Both scores achieved were NCAA Zone qualifying marks. The win was the second of the season for the Buckeye rookie, who also finished first on the 3 meter vs. West Virginia.
Ohio State recognized an outstanding class of seniors prior to the dual vs. Wright State. The list of veterans recognized included 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, Mich. 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 Corps.
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.
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."
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
46. Li (22.62)
23. Clary (9:49.82)
18. Clary (16:13.63)
36. Vance (1:01.12)
34. Bopp (2:12.40)
26. Vance (1:58.41)
14. Clary (4:09.87)
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.
The Buckeyes will host the 2015 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 18-21 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. More information regarding the event can be accessed at: http://go.osu.edu/wswim_bigtens_home.