Columbus, Ohio— Two All-Americans, eight honorable mention All-Americans, and three new school records. It’s safe to say Ohio State’s first day at the 2016 NCAA Championships went well.
Two relays and two individuals competed for the Buckeyes on Thursday: the 400 medley and 200 freestyle relay quartets bookended the evening, while Lindsey Clary and Liz Li swam in the 500 freestyle and 50 freestyle, respectively.
The 200 free relay kicked off the finals session and the foursome of Li, Annie Jongekrijg, Rachael Dzierzak, and Macie McNichols combined for a time of 1:28.97, good for 11th place and an honorable mention All-America time. Five total Big Ten teams competed in the event, with the Buckeyes besting all but one of them.
Clary and Li appeared in two of the next three events. Clary’s came directly after the relay and she swam to a 7th place finish, earning her All-America status. She also set a new Ohio State record with a time of 4:38.15 during prelims. Li was the next OSU performer and her blazing fast time of 21.48 in the 50 free was good for third place, .32 seconds faster than her Big Ten Championship-winning time, an excellent improvement for the sophomore.
The final event for the Scarlet and Gray was the 400 medley relay, in which Camey Rabold, Taylor Vargo, Li, and Jongekrijg all contributed to a time of 3:35.31, an excellent mark for the four Buckeyes.
After the first full day at McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta Ohio State currently sits in 13th place, just a few points behind Michigan and Tennessee, both of which are tied at 11th place.
Friday will serve as an excellent opportunity for OSU to climb up the leaderboard. Clary will swim in the 400 IM, for which she currently has the second-fastest seed time. Li and Vargo will both swim in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke, respectively. Freshman Haley Allen will compete on the diving boards in the three-meter dive competition and the 200 medley relay will conclude the evening.