Columbus, Ohio- Nine members from Ohio State’s women’s swimming and diving teams will be competing this week at the 2016 NCAA Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. This marks the sixth consecutive season that OSU will send at least nine student-athletes to compete at NCAA’s.
The Championships will technically begin on Wednesday evening with the finals of the 800 freestyle relay and the first full day of swimming will be Thursday. Wednesday’s relay will begin at 6 p.m. and prelims for the following three days are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Diving trials and swimming finals begin at various times Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; you can check out the full schedule by visiting the Championship Central link at the top of this page.
Know Your Buckeyes
In terms of accolades and performance, this has been one of the best seasons Ohio State has had in recent years. The eight swimmers who will be representing Ohio State this weekend to cap off this outstanding 2015-16 season are as follows: 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.
Freshman Haley Allen qualified last week during the NCAA Zone C Diving meet.
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:
Three-Meter Dive: Allen
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 Allen, 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 13 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.
If you’re not heading to Atlanta and still want to follow this week’s action, there are several ways to do so. Live results and live streaming information can be found on the Championship Central page as well as the schedule page here at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Wednesday and Thursday nights will both have a free live streak available, while both Friday and Saturday night will be streamed live via WatchESPN. Of course, updates will also be posted on Twitter, just make sure to follow @OhioState_WSwim. The team will also be posting some fun and exclusive content on Snapchat! The username is OhioStateSwim, be sure to check it out!
Ohio State has earned two Top 10 finishes at the NCAA championships - 10th in 1983 and a program-best seventh in 1994. The Buckeyes have registered 12 Top 20 finishes, with the last coming in 2012 when the team placed 20th overall.
Individually, OSU has claimed five championships in its history. In alphabetical order:
Janelle Bosse, 400 IM, 1987
Chelsea Davis, 3-M Dive, 2008
Natalia Diea, 10-M Platform Dive, 2003
Kim Fugett, 3-Meter Dive, 1988
Karen LaFace, 1-Meter Dive, 1987
Last Five Team Finishes:
2014 - 41st
2013 - 28th
2012 - 20th
2011 - 17th
The top eight times (places 1-8) in each preliminary race, including relays, will advance to the evening's finals and earn NCAA All-America (the only exception is the 1,650-yard freestyle, which is a timed final). The next eight times (places 9-16) will swim in the 'B' final and earn NCAA All-America honorable mention. The top 16 finishers will score points for their team.