Columbus, Ohio— Four individual swimmers and four relays from the No. 18 Ohio State women’s swimming team have qualified for the 2016 NCAA Championships.
Amy Bopp, Lindsey Clary, Liz Li, and Taylor Vargo have all qualified in at least one event. Rachael Dzierzak, Annie Jongekrijg, Macie McNichols, and Camey Rabold have all qualified as relay alternates.
In addition to the four relays- 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 200 medley, and 400 medley- you’ll be able to see Buckeye swimmers in each of the following events:
200 breaststroke: Bopp
400 IM, 500 and 1650 freestyle: Clary
50 and 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly: Li
100 breaststroke: Vargo
This marks the first trip to NCAA’s for both Bopp and Rabold; the second for Dzierzak, Li, McNichols, and Vargo; third for Clary; and fourth for Jongekrijg.
Not only will Scarlet and Gray be present in 12 events, they’ll be among the highest scorers in several of them. Li currently ranks second in the country in the 50 freestyle and in the top-15 in both the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly.
Clary holds the 11th-fastest mark in the 500 freestyle, but she is one of the three-fastest swimmers in the country in both the 400 IM and 1650 freestyle.
As far as the relays go, the Buckeyes’ Big Ten Championship-winning quartet in the 200 freestyle relay owns the eighth-fastest time heading into NCAA’s and less than .3 seconds separate them from the top-5. The other three relay feature ripe opportunities to jump up in the standings as well.
It will all serve as the next step in what has been an outstanding season for Ohio State, highlighted by the most successful Big Ten Championships in 25 years.
In total, 281 swimmers qualified to swim at NCAAs this year, which will take place in Atlanta from March 16-19. Divers will have a chance to qualify at the NCAA Zone Diving Meets to be held March 7-12.