Buckeyes Lead FGCU Eagle Swimming Classic Heading Into Saturday
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Ohio State made its competitive debut for the 2015-16 season on Friday, sending 12 swimmers to compete in the FGCU Eagle Swimming Classic. After an afternoon's-worth of events, the Buckeyes will enter Saturday in first place among the six teams competing this weekend.
With 191 points, Ohio State holds a slim margin over fellow 2015 NCAA Qualifier Florida Gulf Coast; the Eagles are just one point behind with 190. Rounding out the top three is South Carolina with 169 points.
Eight events took place on Friday with each consisting of a consolation (B) final and a championship (A) final. The Buckeyes placed first in seven of the possible 16 heats, with Meg Bailey earning two of those.
The meet began with the 200 medley relay, and Ohio State claimed a victory in the B heat while placing second in the A heat. In the next event, the 400 IM, Bailey and Lindsey Clary both claimed victories, putting the Buckeyes in the driver's seat. Bailey's dominance of the breaststroke portion sealed the deal en route to her win.
The next Buckeye sweep came in the 50 free, with Liz Li and Annie Jongekrijg placing first in their respective heats. Camey Rabold's win in the 200 backstroke rounded out the day in terms of victories for Ohio State
Competition will resume tomorrow at 10:30 ET. A live feed of the meet can be found on the schedule page.
Ohio State, 191 Florida Gulf Coast, 190
South Carolina, 169 Rutgers, 141
Buffalo, 122 Grand Canyon, 117
Ohio State's Top Finishes: 200 Medley Relay B - 1. Zeren, Vargo, McNulty, Meek (1:44.85); 400 IM A - 1. Clary (4:18.64); 400 IM B - 1. Bailey (4:23.68); 50 Free A - 1. Li (22.97); 50 Free B - 1. Jongekrijg (23.80); 100 Butterfly - 1. Bailey (56.54); 200 Backstroke - 1. Camey Rabold (2:01.94)