Big Ten Championships Begin Wednesday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Feb. 13, 2018

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Columbus, Ohio
– The Ohio State swimming and diving program will host the 2018 Women’s Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships this Wednesday through Saturday at the world-class McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. BTN Plus will have live coverage of all the events starting Wednesday night and running through Saturday evening.

Seven sessions will be contested throughout the week. The first session begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday with the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays. The schedule for Thursday, Friday and Saturday will feature a prelims session each morning at 11 a.m. ET, and the qualifying athletes will return for the finals session each evening at 6:30 p.m. ET. On the diving boards, the one-meter will be contested on Thursday, the three-meter on Friday and platform diving will be on Saturday. Diving will begin each day at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Wednesday, Feb. 14

Thursday, Feb. 15

Friday, Feb. 16

Saturday, Feb. 17

200 medley relay

500 freestyle

100 butterfly

200 backstroke

800 freestyle relay

200 IM

400 IM

100 freestyle

 

50 freestyle

200 freestyle

200 breaststroke

 

One-meter diving

100 breaststroke

200 butterfly

 

400 medley relay

100 backstroke

Platform diving

 

 

Three-meter diving

1,650 freestyle

 

 

200 freestyle relay

400 freestyle relay

Top Events
Ohio State has 20 times that currently rank inside the top 10 of the Big Ten from the 2017-18 season. The Buckeyes own four of the top 10 times in the 400 individual medley highlighted by senior Meg Bailey’s conference-leading readout of 4:05.80. Kristen Romano (4:10.36), Kathrin Demler (4:11.17) and Molly Kowal (4:15.08) are the other three swimmers in the top 10 of that event.

The 50 freestyle is another event where the Scarlet and Gray has a handful a possible A finalists. Freshman Freya Rayner (22.25) and Li Li (22.29) own the second and third fastest times swum this season in the 50 freestyle; Macie McNichols season best of 22.59 is the 10th quickest in the Big Ten. Rayner and Li also account for two of the top 10 marks in the 100 freestyle with readouts of 48.43 and 49.09, respectively.

Bailey also owns the quickest 200 fly of the conference swimmers this season with a smooth 1:55.40. Kristen Romano’s season-best and school record of 1:52.86 in the 200 backstroke ranks as the third-fastest clocking of the season. 

Other Top 10 Times;
Bailey – No. 5 – 1:57.13 – 200 IM
Kowal – No. 6 – 16:06.05 – 1650 Free
Gresser – No. 6 – 1:00.43 – 100 Breast
Romano – No. 9 – 4:41.41 – 500 Free
Romano – No. 10 – 1:45.95 – 200 Free
Kowal – No. 10 – 4:42.28 – 500 Free
Jaspeado – No. 10 – 16:28.98 – 1650 Free
Bradley – No. 10 – 53.32 – 100 Back
Li – No. 10 – 53.56 – 200 Fly

Ohio State at Big Ten Championships
Ohio State has won five team Big Ten championships; all five conference titles were captured in a five-year period from 1982-86 under coach Jim Montrella. The Buckeyes have also won 88 Big Ten swimming, diving and relay titles.

52 swimming individual champions – Li (50 and 100 freestyle) and Lindsey Clary were two champions from 2017
24 diving champions – last was Cheyenne Cousineau in 2012 (platform)
12 relay wins – last came in 2016 (200 free relay – Li, Jongekrijg, Dzierzak, McNichols)