Jan. 16, 2016
Columbus, Ohio — Ohio State hosted Big Ten rival Michigan State and after starting off the weekend with outstanding marks four women’s team swimmers qualified to the Olympic Trials this summer and after winning every event were able to seal a 182-104 win over the Spartans.
Liz Li, Zulal Zeren, Meg Bailey, and Taylor Vargo set the tone for the weekend as their performances surpassed the benchmarks and they will all head to the Olympic Trials. Li qualified in the 50 meter freestyle (25.15) as well as 100 meter freestyle (57.04). Zulal met the standards for the 100 meter backstroke (1:03.08) and 200 meter backstroke (2:15.59).
Bailey qualified in the 200 meter IM (2:17.47) and 400 meter IM (4:50.32). Vargo with a win in the 200 meter breaststroke (2:31.30) will also join teammates at the Olympic Trials. In addition to this weekend’s qualifiers, Carney Rabold and Lindsey Clary previously met the standards to qualify to the trials.
The Buckeyes take first place in every event Saturday morning and defeat the Spartans 182-104. The day kicked off with the Scarlet and Grey as the winner of the 200 yard medley relay (1:42.82). Lindsey Clary won the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:58.87 in addition to the 500 freestyle (4:56.14). Luchanksy crosses first to win the 200 freestyle (1:50.82).
Annie Kongekrijg continues the winning streak with a head to head battle in the 50 yard freestyle and her 23.52 mark is just enough to defeat Michigan State’s Rachel Bukowski (23.66). In the diving competition, Hannah Thek wins both the 1 meter diving (285.83) and 3 meter diving (354.75).
All of that added up to a 182-104 victory for Ohio State. They’ll look to carry that momentum for their face off against the University of Kentucky on January 29. More information on that to follow.