Women's Swimming

Nine Buckeyes Prepped for 2014 NCAA Championships

Ashley Vance
Ashley Vance

March 19, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team is primed for competition at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships to be held this week at Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis, Minn. With nine national qualifiers representing the Buckeyes, the 2013-14 squad is just shy of the number of competitors who made the journey to NCAAs last season (10). In all, it is once again one of the largest contingents of Buckeye swimmers in recent school history to achieve the honor. 

Competition will take place starting Thursday and continue through Sunday. 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, March 20 - Finals 7 p.m.

200 Freestyle Relay
500 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
50 Freestyle
1-Meter Diving
400 Medley Relay

Friday, March 21 - 7 p.m.
200 Medley Relay
400 Individual Medley
100 Butterfly
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke
3-Meter Diving
300 Freestyle Relay


 

 

Saturday, March 22 - Finals 7 p.m.
1,650 Freestyle
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
Platform Diving
400 Freestyle Relay

Please note, times are listed in CDT.

STREAM IT LIVE
Live streaming will be available each set, each day of the 2014 NCAA Championships. Fans can follow the link provided by Minnesota Athletics to their affiliate CBSSports.com for trials and finals Thursday, trials Friday, as well as trials Saturday. Finals on both Friday and Saturday will available live through ESPN3

NCAA HISTORY
Ohio State has two Top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championships – 10th in 1983 and a program-best seventh in 1994 – and 12 Top 20 finishes with the last coming in 2012 when the team placed 20th overall. Last season, Ohio State took 28th-place with 22 points points accumulated. 

Most Recent Team Finishes:
2013 - 28th
2012 - 20th
2011 - 17th
2010 - 22nd

NCAA CHAMPIONS
Five Ohio State Buckeyes have won NCAA championships: Janelle Bosse (400 IM in 1987); Karen LaFace (1-meter diving in1987); Kim Fugett (3-meter diving in 1988); Natalie Diea (10-meter platform in 2003) and Chelsea Davis (3-meter diving in 2008).

ALL-AMERICANS AND MORE
There have been 28 different swimmers to earn All-American accolades for Ohio State and that group was honored a total of 54 times. The last swimming All-American was Gulsah Gunenc in 2006, although Shannon Draves received honorable mention accolades just last season. A total of 21 divers have been honored as an All-American 47 times with former Buckeye Cheyenne Cousineau picking up the recognition in 2013. 

INTRODUCING THE COMPETITORS
Head coach Bill Dorenkott has invited or qualified swimmers in the following events at nationals:

Alex Norris 
500 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle and 1650 Freestyle
A four-time NCAA qualifier who earned All-America honors as a freshman … at Big Tens this season, she recorded five top-eight finishes, including third place in the 500 freestyle … qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the 200 and 400 freestyle events … ranks among the top five on the Buckeye depth chart in eight individual events, including top-times in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. 

Michelle Williams
50 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly and 100 Freestyle
Will be making her third appearance at NCAAs … last season she qualified for the 100 freestyle and 50 freestyle at the national showcase … holds a top-five fastest time for the Buckeyes in three events - 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly … placed third at the 2014 Big Ten Championships in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.46. 

Ashley Vance
200 IM, 100 Breaststroke and 200 Breaststroke
Will be making her first appearance at the NCAA championships … coming off a Big Ten title performance in the 200 individual medley … received first-team All-Big Ten recognition with her efforts … qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the 200 individual medley … currently holds the 16th-fastest NCAA time in the 200 individual medley recorded this season … ranks in the top-five on the Buckeye depth chart in all three events she will showcase at NCAAs. 

Lindsey Clary
1650 Freestyle, 400 IM and 500 Freestyle
One of two freshmen Buckeyes selected to attend NCAAs in their rookie campaigns … a member of the U.S. Junior National team after a strong showing at the 2013 USA Open Water National Championship … holds a top-five fastest time for the Buckeyes in five events, including a team-best in the 1650 freestyle. 

Taylor Vargo
100 Breaststroke and 200 Breaststroke
Ohio State’s second member of the coveted freshmen class to qualify for NCAAs …  broke her own school record in the 200 breaststroke at OSU’s Last Chance Meet … hails from Sandusky High School … primarily a breaststroke threat, she holds one of the fastest times for the Buckeyes in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events.

Phoebe Cater
Relay Alternate
Hails from Sydney, Australia … contributed to a team-best 7:05.33 in the 800 freestyle relay … scored points at four-consecutive Big Ten championships … individually, stands at least fifth on the Buckeye depth chart in four events. 

Katy Luchansky
Relay Alternate
Scored points at Big Tens in the 200 freestyle and also swam on the 800 freestyle relay squad … holds one of the top individual times for the Scarlet and Gray in the 200 freestyle as well as the 500 freestyle. 

Aliena Schmidtke
Relay Alternate 
Has competed with the 800, 400 and 200 freestyle relays all season … transferred to Ohio State after spending her freshman campaign at New Mexico State where she represented the school at the NCAA championships … holds one of the Buckeyes’ fastest times in four separate individual events. 

Annie Jongekrijg
Relay Alternate
A regular member on numerous Buckeye relays, including the 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle and 200 medley … individually, holds the second-fastest 50 freestyle time for the Buckeyes as well as the fourth-top 100 freestyle mark … qualified for the 2012 Olympic Team Trials in the 50 freestyle … will be making her first appearance at the NCAA championships. 

BACK TO THE B1G
Ohio State took fourth at the 2014 Big Ten Championships held at Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Over the course of the conference competition, the Buckeyes posted four new school records, as well as three top-three finishes. Veterans Alex Norris (500 freestyle, 3rd), Ashley Vance (200 individual medley, 1st) and Michelle Williams (50 freestyle, 3rd) all shined for the Buckeyes with top-three showings. With her win, Vance also received first-team All-Big Ten accolades. 

REWINDING THE RACES
Under the guidance of head coaches Bill Dorenkott and Justin Sochor, the squad established an overall dual record of 8-1 record (2-1, Big Ten) this season.

Ohio State opened the 2013-14 campaign with a resounding 195-104 over Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. In all, the Buckeyes had 10 different members earn at least one victory. Sophomore Annie Gillig led the charge with three individual wins, while freshman Amy Bopp contributed two individual victories.

From that point on it was full steam ahead for OSU. Ohio State recorded its second win of the season with a 191-99 performance over Kenyon College in a home dual (Oct. 25). The Buckeyes posted 14 top-times on the swimming side, as well as a pair of wins from diver Taylor Ford.

The Scarlet and Gray only continued building momentum Nov. 1 with wins posted against Cleveland State (252-48), Denison (251.5-48.5) and Virginia Tech (191-109). The quad-meet resulted in 12 of 16 events awarded in OSU's favor. 

Then it was on to West Lafayette, Ind. to face the team's first Big Ten opposition - Northwestern and Purdue (Nov.8). Behind tough, gutty performances, Ohio State defeated the Wildcats, 211-89, but fell to the host Boilermakers, 157-143. Individual first-place finishers for the Buckeyes were Kelly Ann Baird, Lindsey Clary and Alex Norris.

After a competitive Big Ten opener, OSU returned to Columbus to take on Ohio University the very next day (Nov. 9). The Buckeyes defeated their in-state foe, 193-106.

The first half of the season rounded out with the eighth-annual Ohio State Invitational, Nov. 22-24. This season the meet featured No. 5 Florida, Kentucky, No. 12 Virginia, No. 16 Purdue, as well as the then 19th-ranked Buckeyes. After three days of competition, OSU placed third with 616.50 points earned.

Ohio State returned from the winter academic break in dominating fashion, taking down Toledo, 206.5-93.5. The Buckeyes finished first in 12 of 16 events, moving to 8-1 on the season in the process.

The Buckeyes swam to a first-place finish at the Kenyon Winter invite Jan. 17-18. It was a strong showing for the squad as pool records fell on both days of action. On the second day alone, Ohio State placed first in all eight events and set three pool records, bringing its total to five for the meet.

Ohio State downed rival Michigan in a closely contested battle on senior day in Columbus. The Buckeyes eked out the victory in the final event of the meet. The 400 freestyle relay team of Michelle Williams, Anne Jongekrijg, Aliena Schmidtke and Alex Norris pulled through with a first-place time of 3:20.80.

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