BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Ohio State women’s swimming & diving team started off the 2019 Big Ten Swimming & Diving Championships with a strong performance on Wednesday evening at the Counsilman-Billings Aquatics Center in Bloomington, Ind. The team set a new school record in the 200 Medley Relay and collected two Top Four finishes, sitting in a tie for third in the team race.
To start off the night, the 200 Medley Relay team of Rebekah Bradley, Hanna Gresser, Katie Trace and Freya Rayner claimed third with a time of 1:35.85, edging out Wisconsin by .02 second to take the bronze medal and secure 54 points for the Buckeyes. Bradley started off the race with a backstroke split of 24.45, her fastest of the season. Gresser followed up with a 27.08 breaststroke split, and Katie Trace posted a butterfly split of 22.98. The anchor, Rayner registered the fastest freestyle split of all competitors, setting a personal record at 21.34. The quartet broke the school record in the event, bettering the previous best time of 1:36.68 set in 2018.
Next up, the 800 Free Relay squad of Kristen Romano, Georgia White, Kathrin Demler and Katie Trace took fourth, clocking at 7:02.93 – the second-fastest time in program history. All four swam season-best times for their splits, led by a 1:44.70 third-leg split for Demler and a 1:44.90 leadoff leg for Romano. White posted a split of 1:47.05 and Trace anchored the squad with a time of 1:46.28. The finish added 52 more points for Ohio State in the team score.
After just two events, OSU is in a tie for third with Wisconsin and Minnesota, totaling 106 points.
Competition resumes tomorrow, with a preliminary session beginning at 11 a.m. at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center in Bloomington, Ind.
2019 Big Ten Swimming & Diving Championships
Feb. 20, 2019
Counsilman-Billings Aquatic Center – Bloomington, Ind.
200 Medley Relay
3. Bradley, Gresser, Trace, Rayner (1:35.85)
800 Freestyle Relay
4. Romano, White, Demler, Trace (7:02.93)