Summer Session Update: Peppe Bruce Invitational

Alex Norris
Alex Norris
June 29, 2015

As the summer quickly progresses, so do the Buckeyes. Members of the Ohio State women's swimming team continued making strides last weekend at the Peppe Bruce Invitational, hosted by the Ohio State Swim Club at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

Rising junior Lindsey Clary started the Buckeyes off on a strong note, with a time of 16:38.75 in the 1500 freestyle. The time ranked 47th among the current fastest times in the world, as well as broke an Ohio State long course record. Clary also posted a first-place showing in the 400 individual medley. Her time in that event, 4:45.42, broke her own Ohio State record, which she has topped four times this summer.

With the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials on the horizon (June 26-July 3, 2016), Buckeyes Meg Bailey and Alex Norris both dipped below the trail cut in the 200 individual medley. Bailey dropped a 2:18.33 for first in the event, while Norris, a recent Ohio State graduate, registered a time of 2:18.42. Norris also cleared the standard mark of 2:02.39 in the 200 freestyle with an impressive 2:00.37.

Two more Buckeyes -- Amy Bopp and Taylor Vargo -- qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, this time in the 100 breaststroke. Bopp, a rising junior from Clifton Park, N.Y., posted a qualifying time of 1:10.67, and Vargo squeaked by with a 1:11.24 -- the trial cut is 1:11.49. The pair also qualified for the 200 breaststroke event. Vargo claimed first with a time of 2:33.37, as Bopp followed with a 2:34.28.

Aliena Schmidtke, a native of Magdeburg, Germany, placed first in the 100 freestyle in a time of 56.83



In finals of the 200 backstroke, Zulal Zeren captured a meet record with a first-place time of 2:15.48. Zeren was followed closely in the event by her Buckeye teammate Kaitlyn Ferrara, who earned second in 2:17.86.

Rising senior Camey Rabold put up a very strong 1:03.54 for a win in the 100 backstroke. The time cleared the meet record, which was previously 1:03.59 and set by former Buckeye Kelsey Moran.