Columbus, Ohio—Ohio State had another good day at the NCAA Championships on Friday. Lindsey Clary finished as the runner-up in the 400 IM and the 200 medley relay foursome of Camey Rabold, Rachael Dzierzak, Liz Li, and Annie Jongekrijg finished with honorable mention All-America distinctions.
This brings OSU’s total to three individual All-American performances and three honorable mention All-American performances in relays.
Clary’s silver finish is the best thus far for the Buckeyes; her time of 4:03.61 secured her second All-America honor of the meet. In the process she also bested her school record that she set at the Big Ten Championships last month. Also, between her and Li, this marks the first time since 1995 that Ohio State has had two swimmers earn All-America honors in the same season.
The relay quartet ended the evening on a high note. Their time of 1:37.14 placed 12th and also beat a school record that was set at Big Tens back in February. Li’s split time of 22.61 was the second-fastest in the entire competition.
Other Buckeyes represented the Scarlet and Gray on Friday too. Li swam in prelims for the 100 butterfly, posting a time of 52.46. Taylor Vargo and Amy Bopp also swam in prelims for the 100 breaststroke, earning times of 1:00.92 and 1:02.25, respectively. Bopp appearance is a reminder of her gutsy performance at the team’s Last Chance meet a few weeks ago, during which she posted her time that would qualify her for this week’s Championships. Freshman diver Haley Allen also made her first NCAA appearance, competing in the three-meter dive and posting a score of 289.20.
As a team, Ohio State sits at 14th with 69 total points with plenty of opportunities to make up ground tomorrow. Bopp, Clary, Li, and Vargo will all swim individually and the 400 freestyle relay will also compete.
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