No. 18 Buckeyes Prepped for Ohio State Invitational

Nov. 20, 2014




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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 18th-ranked Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team will welcome a field of seven for the annual Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational Friday through Sunday, Nov. 21-23, at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Admission is free of charge for the premier meet, which is run in the order that NCAA and conference championships are contested.

THE BASICS
Name: 2014 Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invitational
Facility: Bill & Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Field (Seven Teams):
Kentucky
Kenyon
Ohio State
Purdue
Wisconsin
Miami (Diving Only)
Virginia (Diving Only)

Order of Events
Friday, Nov. 21
Prelims: 11 a.m.
500 Free
200 IM
50 Free
Men’s 1-Meter Diving
Women’s 3-Meter Diving
Finals: 6 p.m.
200 Free Relay
500 Free
200 IM
50 Free
Men’s 1-Meter Diving
Women’s 3-Meter Diving
400 Medley Relay

Saturday, Nov. 22
Prelims: 8:30 a.m.
400 IM
Men’s 3-Meter Diving
Women’s 1-Meter Diving
100 Fly
200 Free
100 Breast
100 Back
Finals: 6:30 p.m.
200 Medley Relay
400 IM
100 Fly
200 Free
100 Breast
100 Back
Men’s 3-Meter Diving
Women’s 1-Meter Diving
800 Free Relay

Sunday, Nov. 23
Prelims: 9 a.m.
200 Back
100 Free
200 Breast
200 Fly
Platform Diving – Finals
Finals: 3 p.m.
1650 Free
200 Back
100 Free
200 Breast
200 Fly
400 Free Relay

PARKING NOTE
Friday: For prelims, fans can park in the Tuttle Garage, or utilize the Pay-by-Plate option to park in any surface lot around campus. Please note that the Tuttle Garage is a Pay-on-Foot garage, and visitors can only use credit or debit card to pay upon exit. If you wish to pay with cash, you’ll need to pre-pay at one of the machines located inside of the garage on your way back to your car. For finals, the Neil Ave. Garage will be available for fans to park for an event rate of $5.
 
Saturday: For all sessions, fans can utilize football day-of-game lots to park for $15. Any lots marked in RED on the attached map are day-of-game lots and available for public parking.
 
Sunday: For all sessions, fans can park in the Neil Ave. Garage for an event rate of $5.
 
Please visit campusparc.com for any additional information about visitor parking on campus.

IN THE RANKINGS
Ohio State ranks 18th in the nation, according to the latest Top 25 poll of Division I women’s teams conducted by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The Buckeyes are joined in the top-25 by fellow Big Ten teams Minnesota (7), Indiana (10), Michigan (12), Penn State (15), Wisconsin (23) and Purdue (25).

LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State improved to 8-0 on the season by posting decisive wins over Princeton and Denison in a two-day, double dual meet at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion (Nov. 7-8). Sophomore Lindsey Clary, senior Ashley Vance and freshman Zhesi Li each led the Buckeyes with multiple individual wins.

Overall, it’s been a busy start to the 2014-15 campaign for the Buckeyes as planting seeds for future success at the Big Ten and NCAA championship meets has been the mantra.

“The goal in putting together a lot of dual meets early is really to gage where our team was,” head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott said. “We have a young team and wanted to try kids out in a lot of different events, maybe even build up a little toughness. It’s been a good compliment to our training thus far.”

LI NAMED B1G CO-FRESHMEN OF THE WEEK
Following the double dual vs. Princeton and Denison, Zhesi Li was recognized by the Big Ten Conference as Co-Freshmen of the Week. It marked the first conference honor the Shenyang, China, native has received during in her collegiate career, as well as the first claimed by a Buckeye this season.

MAKING THE GRADE
Ohio State has earned three NCAA provisional times so far this season, while three Buckeyes also rank in the top-25 nationally.  

NCAA Provisional Qualifying Times
50 Freestyle
LI (22.67)

200 Breaststroke
Bopp (2:15.72)

400 IM
Clary (4:17.92)

NCAA Rankings
50 Freestyle
7. Li (22.67)

1000 Freestyle
21. Clary (9:54.61)

1650 Freestyle
4. Clary (16:32.96)
18. Wittman (16:58.04)

400 IM
18. Clary (4:17.92)

BUCKEYES VS. THE B1G
The Buckeyes currently hold 15 top-10 times in the Big Ten. Freshman Zhesi Li ranks second in the 50 freestyle, while veterans Amy Bopp, Ashley Vance and Clary each hold top-5 rankings in two events. Three Buckeyes – Clary, Alex Wittman and Kelly Paige – are among the five fastest in conference in the 1650 freestyle.

EMBRACING ELI
Eli Boda, a 13-year old from Columbus, Ohio, was adopted by the Buckeyes through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation (FOJ), a non-profit, charitable organization formed in 2005 that aims to improve the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families.

On May 19, 2014, Eli was diagnosed with a mass on his brain after a seizure caused him to unexpectedly collapse. Since then, a slew of radiation and chemotherapy has followed, taking a toll on both Eli and his loved ones.

Now, Eli has an extended family in the Buckeyes to lean on for support during challenging times. For more information on Eli, his family and his story, visit the following links: Friends of Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, Facebook, Caring Bridge and Go Fund Me.

WELCOME COACH WOLFRUM
In April, Jordan Wolfrum was named an assistant coach by head coach Bill Dorenkott. Wolfrum brings an extensive coaching background to the Buckeyes, including serving last season as a volunteer assistant coach at Stanford University. Under the guidance of Wolfrum, the Cardinals finished as the national runner-up, broke numerous school records and set an American and NCAA record in the 400 medley relay.

“I am so looking forward to joining the Buckeye family,” said Wolfrum. “I have immense respect for Coach Dorenkott as a coach and as a team leader. I am very excited to join him and bring my passion and excitement to the pool deck. I believe that together we can lead the Buckeyes to a Big Ten championship and NCAA honors.”

UP NEXT
The Ohio State Invitational will serve as an end to the first half of the season for the Buckeyes. The squad will train throughout the winter break and return to dual-meet competition Jan. 16 vs. Toledo.