Nov. 19, 2016
Columbus, Ohio— Just one day of competition remains at the 2016 OSU Invite, but plenty of good performances were had by Buckeyes on Saturday.
One Ohio State swimmer earned an event victory tonight: Taylor Vargo in the 100 breaststroke. After besting her seed time by over four seconds this morning during prelims, Vargo (59.86) won in the A finals heat this evening in exciting fashion, topping Pittsburgh’s Lina Rathsack (59.97). After falling behind during the first 25 yards, Vargo earned superior times over the next 75, culminating in a thrilling final 25 yards during which she overtook her Pitt counterpart.
Overall, including Vargo, Ohio State had six Top 5 finishes during Saturday’s finals session. Both relays fall into that category; OSU’s foursome in the 200 medley relay finished third with a time of 1:39.43, and the team of Meg Bailey, Kathrin Demler, Macie McNichols, and Lindsey Clary took fourth in the final event of the night, the 800 freestyle relay. Those four put up a time of 7:15.80 to close out day two.
The first individual event of the evening- the 400 IM- saw two Buckeyes earn spots in the A finals and both finished in the Top 5. Bailey and Demler took fourth and fifth, respectively, with times of 4:08.10 and 4:11.83. Both surpassed their prelim time by at least two seconds and earned NCAA provisional times to boot.
Next up in the 100 butterfly Ohio State again had two swimmers advance into the final heat: Liz Li and Bailey. Li finished second with her time of 51.57 and Bailey took ninth, clocking in at 54.34. Again, both Buckeyes earned NCAA B cut times for their efforts. Winning the event was Stanford’s Janet Hu with a meet record time of 51.05. Stanford swimmers set four meet records, including two pool records, during competition on Saturday. Olympic gold medalists Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel comprised half of the 800 freestyle relay team that set a pool record, while Manuel’s 200 freestyle time earned that distinction as well.
The Cardinal’s best event of the day was the 200 freestyle, in which they placed the Top 5 swimmers. Clary was the top Ohio State finisher, posting a time of 1:46.57 which is an NCAA provisional time. Vargo’s aforementioned performance followed that, and the 100 backstroke served as the last individual event of the day. Li represented the Buckeyes in the A finals, touching the wall at 54.69, while Zulal Zeren (54.58) and Marianne Kahmann (54.77) gave Ohio State three swimmers in the Top 15 and three NCAA B times.
The final day of the invitational will begin on Sunday at 9 a.m. for prelims and finals will begin at 3 p.m. For all the information you need regarding this weekend, please visit out OSU Invite homepage.
Team scores after day two: