March 6, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nine members of the 15th-ranked Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team will represent the Buckeyes at the 2014 NCAA Championships, held March 20-22 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Ohio State will send seniors Alex Norris and Michelle Williams, junior Ashley Vance and freshmen Lindsey Clary and Taylor Vargo. In addition, Phoebe Cater, Katy Luchansky, Aliena Schmidtke and Annie Jongekrijg will swim as alternates on relays only. Ohio State will be in the 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle and 800 freestyle relays.
“I am very proud of our team’s efforts over the past few seasons,” said head coach Bill Dorenkott. “Having nine young women moving on to the pinnacle of our sport is a testament to their work ethic. We are very much looking forward to representing Ohio State in Minneapolis.”
Norris is a four-time NCAA qualifier who earned All-America honors as a freshman. At this year’s Big Ten Championships, she recorded five top-eight finishes, including third place in the 500 freestyle. She will compete in the 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 1650 freestyle.
Williams will be making her third appearance at the NCAA Championships and will be competing in the 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle.
Vance, a junior from Kingwood, Texas, will be making her NCAA Championship debut coming off a Big Ten title in the 200 individual medley. She will swim in the 200 IM, 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke.
From the Buckeyes’ freshmen class, Vargo and Clary will also represent the Scarlet and Gray. Vargo, who broke her own school record in the 200 breaststroke at last weekend’s Last Chance Meet, will compete in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke while Clary will swim in the 1650 freestyle, 400 individual medley and 500 freestyle.
Cater is a senior from Sydney, Australia and currently holds the varsity record, along with her teammates, in the 200 freestyle relay. Luchansky, a sophomore, scored points at the Big Ten meet in the 200 freestyle and also swam on the 800 freestyle relay squad. Schmidtke has swum the 800, 400 and 200 freestyle relays all season for the Buckeyes while Jongekrijg is also a regular on Ohio State’s relays, specifically the 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle and 200 medley.
Divers have the opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships at the Zone Diving Championships at sites across the nation March 10-16.