Big Ten Championships Next For No. 15 Ohio State
Feb. 18, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 15th-ranked Ohio State women's swimming and diving team (9-1, 2-1 Big Ten) looks to build on a consistent regular season showing when it travels to Minneapolis, Minn. for the 2014 Big Ten Championships. Hosted at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center for the second-consecutive year, the conference contest will take place Feb. 19-22.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, Feb. 20 - Finals - 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21 - Finals - 6:30 p.m.
A RICH BIG TEN HISTORY
LAST TIME AT THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Buckeyes finished fourth at the 2013 Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. Highlighting the meet was senior Shannon Draves, who defended her Big Ten title in the 200 butterfly with a school-record time of 1:55.12. Minnesota took home the team title for the second year in a row, scoring 831.5 points on its home turf.
BUCKEYES EARN B1G HONORS
Suitors of the Scarlet and Gray have received three weekly individual awards from the conference this season. Along with Vargo, Amy Bopp also received the Big Ten Freshman of the Week award (Oct. 15). More recently, senior Alex Norris was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week (Jan. 21).
MAKING THE RANKS
TALKING TOP TIMES
Top Buckeye National/Big Ten Times:
200 FREE RELAY
400 FREE RELAY
800 FREE RELAY
200 MEDLEY RELAY
400 MEDLEY RELAY
Ohio State opened the 2013-14 campaign with a resounding 195-104 over Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. In all, the Buckeyes had 10 different members earn at least one victory. Sophomore Annie Gillig led the charge with three individual wins, while freshman Amy Bopp contributed two individual victories.
From that point on it was full steam ahead for OSU. Ohio State recorded its second win of the season with a 191-99 performance over Kenyon College in a home dual (Oct. 25). The Buckeyes posted 14 top-times on the swimming side, as well as a pair of wins from diver Taylor Ford.
The Scarlet and Gray only continued building momentum Nov. 1 with wins posted against Cleveland State (252-48), Denison (251.5-48.5) and Virginia Tech (191-109). The quad-meet resulted in 12 of 16 events awarded in OSU's favor.
Then it was on to West Lafayette, Ind. to face the team's first Big Ten opposition - Northwestern and Purdue (Nov.8). Behind tough, gutty performances, Ohio State defeated the Wildcats, 211-89, but fell to the host Boilermakers, 157-143. Individual first-place finishers for the Buckeyes were Kelly Ann Baird, Lindsey Clary and Alex Norris.
After a competitive Big Ten opener, OSU returned to Columbus to take on Ohio University the very next day (Nov. 9). The Buckeyes defeated their in-state foe, 193-106.
The first half of the season rounded out with the eighth-annual Ohio State Invitational, Nov. 22-24. This season the meet featured No. 5 Florida, Kentucky, No. 12 Virginia, No. 16 Purdue, as well as the then 19th-ranked Buckeyes. After three days of competition, OSU placed third with 616.50 points earned.
Ohio State returned from the winter academic break in dominating fashion, taking down Toledo, 206.5-93.5. The Buckeyes finished first in 12 of 16 events, moving to 8-1 on the season in the process.
The Buckeyes swam to a first-place finish at the Kenyon Winter invite Jan. 17-18. It was a strong showing for the squad as pool records fell on both days of action. On the second day alone, Ohio State placed first in all eight events and set three pool records, bringing its total to five for the meet.
Most recently, Ohio State downed rival Michigan in a closely contested battle in Columbus. The Buckeyes eked out the victory in the final event of the meet. The 400 freestyle relay team of Michelle Williams, Anne Jongekrijg, Aliena Schmidtke and Alex Norris pulled through with a first-place time of 3:20.80.
The Buckeyes also bring back four NCAA qualifiers. Cater, Jongekrijg, Norris and Williams will all bring back the experience they gained at the premier national meet.
"We're a very young team from an experience standpoint," Dorenkott said. "The girls have done a good job this summer to get a good start from a training perspective, and that I'm very excited about. We have a couple freshmen who are going to end up being pretty darn good and that's always a positive thing."