Columbus, Ohio— Seven swimmers and one coach from Ohio State’s men’s and women’s swimming programs will represent the Big Ten Conference at next month’s inaugural USA College Challenge, presented by arena.
Lindsey Clary, Liz Li, and Taylor Vargo are representing the Buckeyes from the women’s side, while Josh Fleagle, Ching Lim, Matt McHugh, and Thomas Trace will be there from the men’s side. Ohio State’s Bill Wadley will serve as an assistant coach for the Big Ten men’s squad during this event as well. The seven swimmers give OSU the third-highest total of any Big Ten school in the competition.
The event will take place on Nov. 12-13 at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI in Indianapolis. It will pit members of the USA Swimming National Team against the best swimmers the Big Ten has to offer. The competition will have 16 men’s and 16 women’s events, which will include 13 individual races and three relays for each gender. A running score will be kept combining the points earned by both women and men. The winning team will be the team with the most combined team points at the end of the competition. As there are 262 points available in the 30 total events, the first team to 131.5 points will be the winner. Each athlete may be entered in up to six events during the meet.
Per the Big Ten’s release, The two-day, short-course yards dual meet consists of two sessions – Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. ET and Sunday, Nov. 13 at 11:30 a.m. All-session tickets cost $35 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Single-day tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children. Click here to purchase tickets.
The Big Ten Network will televise both sessions of the meet on Sunday, Nov. 13. The Nov. 12 session will air on delay at 10 a.m. ET, followed by a live broadcast of the Nov. 13 session from noon-2 p.m. Both sessions also will stream live online and via the BTN2GO app.