March 17, 2017
Indianapolis, Ind.— Lindsey Clary and Liz Li each added another All-American title to their already lengthy list of career accomplishments. After Friday’s finals session Clary is an All-American in the 400 IM and Li earned that distinction in the 100 butterfly.
For Clary it’s the second year in a row she claimed All-America honors in the 400 IM, and she was also an honorable mention All-American as a sophomore. The senior touched the wall at 4:04.69 during the evening session, besting her prelim time by nearly a full second while finishing in the same spot in both sessions today (sixth). Six is also the amount of All-American performances Clary has turned in during her career as a Buckeye.
Li claimed her eighth All-America distinction with her 100 butterfly race on Friday. The 2016 Big Ten Champion in the 100 fly, Li had a great time today (51.34) in a hotly contested race, seeing as just .74 seconds separated spots one through eight in prelims this morning. The second half of her race is what earned her a spot in the finals; she swam the last 50 yards in 26. 93, which was the fastest among all 53 performers in terms of their second 50-yard splits.
Friday featured the most well-represented event for Ohio State so far. In addition to Clary, three other Buckeyes competed in the 400 IM. Kathrin Demler (4:08.83) and Meg Bailey (4:09.47) both finished inside the Top 20, while Molly Kowal turned in a strong time of 4:16.32 in her first NCAA Championships performance. Demler’s time represents a new personal best, beating her previous PR by nearly a full second. Taylor Vargo, appearing in her fourth NCAA Championships meet in four years, turned in a time of 1:01.93 in the 100 breaststroke as the other Ohio State individual competitor.
Relay-wise, the 200 medley relay was the only race on Friday. Marianne Kahmann and Macie McNichols joined Li and Vargo by posting a time of 1:39.22. Swimming the butterfly leg, Li was among the fastest in the field (22.77).
Saturday is the full day of competition in Indianapolis, with prelims again beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET and finals picking back up at 6:00 p.m. ET. The following events will be contested: 1,650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform, and 400 freestyle relay. Ohio State has six individual swimming performances lined up for tomorrow in addition to the 400 freestyle relay. Freshman Lara Tarvit will also make her NCAA Championships debut on platform.