Nov. 8, 2013


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 19 Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team split its Big Ten opener on Friday evening, defeating Northwestern, 211-89, but falling to host Purdue, 157-143.

The Buckeyes (6-1) continue to get strong efforts from all four classes and were led by Kelly Ann Baird, Lindsey Clary and Alex Norris, who each had first-place performances. In addition, Michelle Williams finished second in three events. The 400 yard individual medley relay team of Williams, Annie Jongekrijg, Katy Luchansky and Alex Norris also registered a first-place finish and Ohio State swept the 100 and 200 backstroke against the Boilermakers.

“I could not be prouder of our ladies efforts,” said head coach Bill Dorenkott.  “It was a tough and gutty performance. There is no doubt our team is making positive steps forward in the area of grit.”

Ohio State started out the night when the 200 yard medley relay team of Reanna Dona, Rachael Dzierzak, Ashley Vance and Jongekrijg had a second-place showing (1:44.22). In the next event, however, Baird edged out Lauren Abruzzo of Northwestern to take first-place honors in the 1000 yard freestyle. The time is the fastest in her Ohio State career with an even split 9:53 effort.

Continuing the momentum, Norris registered a second-place finish in the 200 yard freestyle (1:48.60), which is an in-season best for her. Erin Dunseith followed by placing second in the 100 yard backstroke and Kristyn Fulcher was second in the 200 backstroke (2:02.21). Taylor Vargo continued the trend with a second-place showing in the 100 yard breaststroke.

Norris kept up with her strong performance by registering another in-season best of 4:49 in the 500 freestyle.

In the 50 yard freestyle, Williams turned out a second-place showing (23.26), followed by another second-place finish in the 100 yard freestyle (50.28).

The Buckeyes dominated the 500 yard freestyle as Norris and Baird finished one-two in 4:49.22 and 4:51.28, respectively. Next up, Williams had another second-place finish, this time in the 100 yard butterfly (55.08). Clary closed out the night with a first-place showing in the 400 yard individual medley and the 400 free relay team of Williams, Jongekrjig, Luchansky and Norris finished in second place.

After getting outscored in diving 29-9 by Purdue, the Buckeyes were able to rally and take the meet to the last relay where they needed a 1-2 to win or a 1-3 to tie the meet. The staff chose to split the relays and go for the win.

Next on the Buckeye agenda, the squad will return to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion to face in-state foe Ohio tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Ohio State Women’s Swimming and Diving
Friday, Nov. 8, 2013
West Lafayette, Ind.

Team Scores:
Purdue 157, No. 19 Ohio State 143; Purdue 202, Northwestern 97; No. 19 Ohio State 211, Northwestern 89

Top Buckeye Finishes: 200 yard medley relay – 2. Dona, Dzierzak, Vance, jongekrijg (1:44.22); 1000 freestyle – 1. Baird (9:53.40); 200 yard freestyle – 2. Norris (1:48.60); 100 backstroke – 2. Dunseith (56.49); 100 breaststroke – 2. Vargo (1:04.80); 200 yard butterfly 3. Norris (2:02.10); 50 yard freestyle – 2. Williams (23.26); 1-meter diving – 7. Ford (235.50); 100 yard freestyle – 2. Williams (50.28); 200 yard backstroke – 2. Fulcher (2:02.21); 200 yard breaststroke – 2. Bopp (2:18.08); 500 yard freestyle – 1. Norris (4:49.22); 100 yard butterfly – 2. Williams (55.08); 3-meter diving – 3. Ford (297.60); 400 yard IM – 1. Clary (4:21.74); 400 freestyle relay – 2. Williams, Jongekrijg, Luchansky, Norris (2:23.18).