March 16, 2018

Buckeyes Chasing Best Finish in School History at NCAA Championships


Columbus, Ohio – Amassing 41 points on day three of the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team sits in 13th place with 81 points following three days of competition at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

The biggest point grab of the day came from the 400 individual medley duo of Meg Bailey and Kristen Romano. At opposite ends of their careers, Bailey, a senior, led the way with a seventh-place finish in the A final, and Romano, a freshman, made the most of her first-career individual NCAA meet swim with 10th-place showing. For Bailey, it is her first time scoring points for the Buckeyes at the NCAA Championships in an individual event; she clocked a time of 4:04.26 for seventh place. Romano used a massive career-best time of 4:04.56 to drop her personal-best time by more than 2.5 seconds in the B final to place 10th overall, second in her B final. The seventh and 10th place showing by Bailey and Romano racked up 19 points for Ohio State.

Senior Liz Li kept up her brilliant swimming in her final meet in the Scarlet and Gray. Li registered a time of 50.94 in the A final of the 100 butterfly to finish fifth and score 14 points for Ohio State. It’s her second-straight First Team All-America honor in the 100 butterfly and she bettered her seventh-place finish from the 2017 NCAA meet. Li now has eight All-America honors for her career.

The 200 medley relay foursome of Rebekah Bradley, Hanna Gresser, Li and Freya Rayner combined for a time of 1:37.58 for to place 13th and earn eight points for Ohio State. Bradley, Gresser and Rayner are all underclassmen and will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.

Genevieve Angerame performed splendidly in her first-career NCAA meet on the three-meter board with a 17th-place finish with a score of 314.95 to place 17th and narrowly miss scoring points for the Buckeyes. Kathrin Demler (400 IM) took 28th place with a time of 4:11.99, and Gresser placed 33rd in the 100 breaststroke with a readout of 1:00.66.

The final day of the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships begins with prelims on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. ET and finals will begin at 6 p.m. ET. Diving on the platform will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET. The final session will be aired live on WatchESPN, and Buckeye Vision will have coverage of the prelims and diving on three meter.