Buckeyes Ready for Big Ten Championships
Feb. 14, 2017

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Columbus, Ohio— The Big Ten Championships are here, and swimmers and divers from the No. 22 Ohio State Buckeyes are ready to make a big impact in West Lafayette this week. Beginning Wednesday, the Big Ten Championships will run through Saturday at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center on the campus of Purdue University.

Event Schedule

Below is the event schedule for this week. Finals will begin each night at 6:30 p.m. ET and prelims will begin on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 11:00 a.m. ET.

Wednesday, Feb. 15

Thursday, Feb. 16

Friday, Feb. 17

Saturday, Feb. 18

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

 

 

Where They Stand

 

Several Ohio State swimmers are poised to turn in some excellent performances this week. Listed below are all the individuals who have posted a Top 10 time in the Big Ten this season, including seven inside the Top 3:

 

50 free- Liz Li (21.70, 1st in B1G)

100 free- Liz Li (48.20, 2nd in the B1G)

200 free- Lindsey Clary (1:46.57, 9th in the B1G)

500 free- Lindsey Clary (4:39.33, 6th in the B1G)

1650 free- Lindsey Clary (15:57.03, 4th in B1G)

1650 free- Molly Kowal (16:12.03, 10th in B1G)

200 back- Zulal Zeren (1:55.09, 6th in the B1G)

100 breast- Taylor Vargo (59.86, 4th in the B1G)

200 breast- Taylor Vargo (2:09.43, 4th in the B1G)

100 fly- Liz Li (51.42, 1st in B1G)

200 fly- Meg Bailey (1:56.10, 3rd in the B1G)

200 IM- Meg Bailey (1:57.20, 3rd in the B1G)

200 IM- Lindsey Clary (1:58.33, 5th in B1G)

400 IM- Lindsey Clary (4:05.90, 2nd in B1G)

400 IM- Meg Bailey (4:08.10, 3rd in B1G)

400 IM- Kathrin Demler (4:11.83, 8th in B1G)

 

Last Year at Big Ten Championships

In 2016 the Buckeyes finished in fourth place with 859 points, the sixth time since 2010 they earned a top-five finish at their conference championship meet. Overall, OSU claimed four individual Big Ten titles and one relay title for five total championships, the most successful year since 1991.

200 freestyle relay- Liz Li, Annie Jongekrijg, Rachael Dzierzak, Macie McNichols (1:28.29)

50 freestyle- Liz Li (21.80)

400 IM- Lindsey Clary (4:03.64)

100 butterfly- Liz Li (51.77)

1650 freestyle- Lindsey Clary (15:49.98)

 

Ohio State at Big Tens

Ohio State has won five team Big Ten championships - all consecutive between 1982-86 under coach Jim Montrella. The Buckeyes have also won 85 Big Ten swimming, diving and relay titles.

49 swimming individual champions; last were Clary and Li in 2016

24 diving champions; last was Cheyenne Cousineau in 2012 (platform)

12 relay wins; last came in 2016 (200 freestyle relay)

For a comprehensive look at Big Ten women's swimming and diving history, check out the official B1G record book.

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.