Nov. 1, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 19 Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team took down Virginia Tech 191-109, Denison 251.50-48.50 and Cleveland State 252.00-48.00. Twelve of 16 events held went to the Scarlet and Gray, while eight different team members earned first-place finishes.

Ohio State was fast out of the gate behind swims from Reanna Dona, Rachael Dzierzak, Annelise Sprau and Michelle Williams in the 200 medley relay. With a time of 1:43.43, the crew took first-place in the event.

Next, it was Kelly Ann Baird’s opportunity to shine. The Buckeye senior notched a victory in the 1000 freestyle in a time of 10:01.01, a McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion record. Touching exactly a second later was freshman Lindsey Clary, who continued gaining experience with a time of 10:02.01 for the runner-up spot.

The 200 freestyle followed, which also resulted in a one, two Buckeye finish. Senior Alex Norris picked up her first win of the evening with a 1:49.37 showing. Norris’ classmate Phoebe Cater finished second in 1:50.06. In the 100 backstroke, sophomore standout Annie Gillig touched first in 55.85, which was the fastest time she has recorded in the event thus far this season.

The squad followed it up with another win from Norris, this time in the 200 butterfly (2:02.65). Ohio State also finished one, two in the 50 freestyle. Williams, a senior this season, placed first with a time of 23.11, while junior Aliena Schmidtke claimed second in 23.72.

Following a brief break, Williams represented the Scarlet and Gray with yet another win. In a time of 50.41, Williams took home the 100 freestyle. Mirroring the 50 freestyle, Schmidtke touched second for the Buckeyes.

Keeping up with the trend, Gillig then recorded her second win of the meet. Posting a 1:59.90, the Simpsonville, S.C. native led teammates Baird and Kristyn Fulcher who took second and third, respectively.

Baird became the fourth Buckeye to claim multiple individual wins with her top time in the 500 freestyle. A distance specialist for Ohio State, Baird posted a 4:51.63 in the event.

The 100 butterfly went to Aliena Schmidtke, who picked up her first top time of the meet with a 55.47 showing.

Moving on to the 200 individual medley, the domination of Gillig continued when she recorded a 2:04.60 to again place first.

Also in action for the Buckeyes, freshman Taylor Vargo earned a pair of Top 3 finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events.

Swimming concluded with the 400 freestyle relay, where Ohio State won the event in 3:22.89. Representing the Buckeyes were Williams, Cater, Norris and Schmidtke.

On the diving side, junior Taylor Ford placed fourth on the 3-meter apparatus with 277.10 points.

Next on the Buckeye agenda, the squad will open Big Ten competition on the road Nov. 8 in West Lafayette, Ind. Ohio State will take on Purdue and Northwestern in a double-dual meet format. The following day the group will return to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion to face in-state foe Ohio at 1 p.m.

Ohio State Women’s Swimming and Diving
Friday, Nov. 1, 2013
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion – Columbus, Ohio

Team Scores:
Ohio State vs. Virginia Tech – 191.00-109.00
Ohio State vs. CSU – 251.50-48.50
Ohio State vs. Denison – 252.00-48.00

Top Buckeye Finishes: 200 medley relay – 1. Dona, Dzierzak, Sprau, Williams (1:43.43); 1000 freestyle – 1. Baird (10:01.01); 200 freestyle – 1. Norris (1:49.37); 100 backstroke – 1. Gillig (55.84); 100 breaststroke – 3. Vargo (1:04.36); 200 butterfly – 1. Norris (2:02.65); 50 freestyle – 1. Williams (23.11); 100 freestyle – 1. Williams (50.41); 200 backstroke – 1. Gillig (1:59.90); 200 breaststroke – 2. Vargo (2:17.16); 500 freestyle – 1. Baird (4:51.63); 100 butterfly – 1. Schmidtke (55.47); 3-meter dive – 4. Ford (293.30); 200 IM – 1. Gillig (2:04.60); 400 freestyle relay – 1. Williams, Cater, Norris, Schmidtke (3:22.89); 1-meter dive – 4. Ford (256.20).