Ohio State Impresses at the 2015 Spring into Summer Splash

Lindsey Clary
Lindsey Clary
June 8, 2015

Members of the Ohio State women's swimming and diving team recently returned to competition at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion for the 2015 Spring into Summer Splash, hosted by the Ohio State Swim Club.

With finals contested in a long course format, Ohio State swimmers had an opportunity to punch their tickets to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials by meeting the previously published time standards. Lindsey Clary, a sophomore last season, took advantage of the moment by earning a time of 4:51.55 in the 400 individual medley. The time cleared the U.S. Olympic Team Trials standard of 4:54.99 and ranked first among the swimmers at the meet. The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials are scheduled for June 26 -- July 3, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska at the CenturyLink Center Omaha.

The 400 individual medley final was littered with Buckeyes, as Meg Bailey (5:05.63), Annie Gillig (5:13.26) and Amanda McNulty (5:15.30) all finished in the Top 5.

Clary also finished with the fastest time in the 200 individual medley (2:20.45) and 200 freestyle (2:07.43). Aliena Schmidtke, who represents Germany in international competition, claimed second in the 200 freestyle event, while Kaitlyn Ferrara (2:10.26) and Kathleen Cook (2:11.34) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

Alex Wittman, who is coming off her rookie campaign, dropped a time of 4:32.57 for first in the 400 freestyle. Cook followed her closely in the event, placing third in 4:33.94. 

In the 100 breaststroke, rising junior Amy Bopp touched with the second-fastest time (1:13.06), while Buckeyes Taylor Vargo (third; 1:13.43) and Katie Antal (fifth; 1:16.34) both placed in the Top 5. Bopp later set the fastest time in the 200 breaststroke, finishing with a mark of 2:41.59; rising sophomores Antal (2:47.95) and Molly Washko (2:48.03) finished in first and second, respectively. 

The 200 butterfly final concluded with Bopp earning second in a time of 2:18.99. Elizabeth Auckley, a rookie last season, posted Ohio State's top time in the 100 backstroke (1:08.42).

Adding to Ohio State's win pool was Ferrara and Schmidtke. Ferrara earned a time of 2:19.50 in the 200 backstroke for first, while Schmidtke finished with a 1:00.51 in the 100 butterfly for the win.

Rising sophomore Macie McNichols was also a standout for the Scarlet and Gray, winning the 100 freestyle in 58.75. Buckeyes Cheyenne Meek and Cook followed in second and third, respectively. Meek rounded out the meet with a runner-up finish of 27.06 in the 50 freestyle. 

Top Buckeye Finishes: 400 Free -- 2. Wittman (4:32.57); 400 IM -- 1. Clary (4:51.55); 200 IM -- 1. Clary (2:20.45); 100 Breast -- 2. Bopp (1:13.06); 200 Back -- 1. Ferrara (2:19.50); 100 Fly -- 1. Schmidtke (1:00.51); 100 Free -- 1. McNichols (58.75); 200 Free -- 1. Clary (2:07.43); 200 Breast -- 1. Bopp (2:41.59); 100 Back -- 4. Auckley (1:08.42); 200 Fly -- 2. Bopp (2:18.99). 50 Free -- 2. Meek (27.06).