Nine Buckeye Swimmers Invited to NCAA Championships

Zhesi Li
Zhesi Li
March 5, 2015

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Nine swimming standouts from the 22nd-ranked Ohio State women's swimming and diving team have qualified to compete at the 2015 NCAA Championships scheduled for March 19-21 in Greensboro, N.C.

Ohio State will send Ashley Vance, Aliena Schmidtke, Rachael Dzierzak, Lindsey Clary, Taylor Vargo and Zhesi Li as individual competitors, while Annie Jongekrijg, Annelise Sprau and Macie McNichols are relay alternates. Four Buckeye relays have made the final cut - 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay.

Vance, a senior from Kingwood, Texas, will suit up in her second NCAA Championship meet. Coming off a runner-up finish in the 200 individual medley at Big Tens, Vance is slated to compete in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke at NCAAs.

Also representing the senior class is Aliena Schmidtke, who hails from Magdeburg, Germany. Schmidtke is slated to compete in the 100 butterfly event.

Dzierzak, a junior this season, will represent the Scarlet and Gray in the same event she recently set a school record in at Big Tens, the 100 breaststroke.

A pair of sophomores - Lindsey Clary and Taylor Vargo - have the opportunity to continue building their impressive resumes, qualifying for three events combined. Clary, who set two Ohio State records at Big Tens, will be making her second appearance at NCAAs, competing in the 400 individual medley and 1650 freestyle. Also making her second appearance, Vargo is scheduled to race in the 200 breaststroke.

Li, a rookie from Shenyang, China, will suit up in two events, the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle.

All three Buckeye relay alternates - Jongekrijg, Sprau and McNichols - played roles on school record-breaking relays at the Big Ten championships. Jongekrijg swam a leg of the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay, while Sprau and McNichols contributed to the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay, respectively.

Divers have the opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships at the Zone Diving Championships at sites across the nation March 9-14.