Nov. 20, 2016
Complete Weekend Results
Columbus, Ohio— It was a fantastic weekend of swimming and diving at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion for the 2016 Ohio State fall invitational, and the Buckeyes concluded the weekend in third place out of 10 teams.
Those in attendance on the final day were able to witness some swimming history. Stanford’s Katie Ledecky, who had broken the American record in the 500 freestyle on Friday evening, shattered the 1650 freestyle record with her time of 15:03.92. The Olympic gold medalist broke the record by almost 10 seconds and finished over a minute before the runner-up.
For Ohio State, freshman Molly Kowal finished sixth in that event with a time of 16:25.04, and NCAA B time for her. Also producing a good time in the 1650 free was Kathleen Cook, who finished in among the Top 15 with a mark of 16:37.64.
Other individual events held on Sunday were the 100 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 200 butterfly, and 200 breaststroke. Taylor Vargo swept the breaststroke events this weekend thanks to her victory in the 200 breaststroke today. She posted a time of 2:09.43, an NCAA B time, and closed out the last leg of the race nearly a full second faster than second place to pull ahead and win.
In two of those events- 200 fly and 100 free- Ohio State put two swimmers in the A finals. For the 200 fly it was Meg Bailey and Amanda McNulty who swam in the top heat for the Buckeyes; Bailey’s time of 1:56.65 was good for second place, while McNulty finished in eighth with a mark of 2:00.48. For the 100 free Liz Li (48.39) and Macie McNichols (49.86) swam NCAA B cut times in the A finals representing the Scarlet and Gray.
Zulal Zeren, no stranger to backstroke events, earned a spot in the A finals of the 200 yarder during prelims this morning and put up a time of 1:55.70.
The Ohio State divers ended the weekend on a high note; diving on platform rather than the springboards, Lara Tarvit and Haley Allen took two of the top three spots on the Invite’s final day. Tarvit placed first with a score of 266.30, while Allen came in third with her score of 234.60.
The 400 freestyle relay was the final race of the meet and the foursome of Maria Coy, McNichols, Cheyenne Meek, and Li placed second with their time of 3:18.54. They finished behind Stanford’s relay team featuring Ledecky and Simone Manuel, who touched the wall in 3:12.55, a pool record.
The Buckeyes’ next meet will be a January 4 affair with the University of Toledo at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.