Jan. 15, 2016
Columbus, Ohio— The Buckeyes return to the pool this weekend to face Big Ten foe Michigan State at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. This is the first action for Ohio State since late November, when it hosted the OSU Invite.
In that Invite, both teams placed second behind the visiting Florida Gators, though outstanding performances were had from both the men and women OSU swimmers. On the women’s side, Liz Li (21.83) set a meet record in the 50 free with a time that automatically qualifies her for this season’s NCAA Championships. Tayor Vargo and Meg Bailey were among swimmers to earn NCAA B times, both in the 200 IM, and Vargo joined Katie Antal, Lindsey Clary, and Camey Rabold punched tickets to Olympic Trials.
Matt McHugh had an excellent week, earning NCAA B standard times in every single individual event he swam in, while Joey Long and D.J. MacDonald both qualified for Olympic Trials later this year. On the diving boards, Colin Zeng had perhaps the best weekend of anyone in the Scarlet and Gray. The sophomore broke meet records in all three diving events- one-meter, three-meter, and platform- in yet another spectacular performance by the OSU divers.
Though the Spartans are in town for two days, the actual dual meet will take place on Saturday morning at 10 am, with Friday evening’s activities being strictly long course time trials that will not count in any scoring.
Saturday’s schedule will be that of a standard dual meet, with the events listed below:
1. 200 MEDLEY RELAY 8. 100 FREE
2. 1000 FREE 9. 200 BACK
3. 200 FREE 10. 200 BREAST
4. 100 BACK 11. 500 FREE
5. 100 BREAST 12. 100 FLY
6. 200 FLY BREAK
7. 50 FREE 13. 200 IM
BREAK 14. 400 FREE RELAY
Racing to Rio
A big reason why long course time trials are taking place on Friday is for swimmers to get the opportunity to qualify for 2016 Olympic Trials. Though there’s still time to qualify, a number of Buckeye swimmers have already done so since qualifying began in the summer of 2014:
Alex Norris (post grad)
Sam Cheverton* (post grad)
Aliena Schmidtke* (post grad)
*represents another country, ineligible to
compete at US Olympic Team Trials. Most
will try out for their home Olympic teams.
Weekly Award Winners
For her efforts at the OSU Invite, Liz Li was named the Big Ten’s Swimmer of the
Week, the third Buckeye to earn that honor this season. At that time, Li was one of
just 21 swimmers to automatically qualify for the 2016 NCAA Women’s Swimming
Championships. Her mark of 21.83 in the 50 free is currently the second-fastest in the
country. The two other Ohio State swimmers to earn this weekly distinction are Amy
Bopp and Lindsey Clary.
After their performances during the OSU Invite, Zeng and Matt McHugh earned Big Ten
weekly honors. McHugh, who had earned CollegeSwimming.com’s National Swimmer of
the Week honor the week before, was named the Big Ten’s Swimmer of the Week after
posting NCAA provisional (B) times in every event he participated in at the Invite.
Zeng was named the Big Ten’s Diver of the Week for the second week in a row, capping
of an outstanding first half of the season for the sophomore. In addition to setting meet
records in all three diving categories at the Invite, he has posted NCAA Zone Diving
qualifying marks in all three categories as well.