March 23, 2019

Buckeyes Close Out NCAA’s with Silver Medal, Two School Records


AUSTIN, Texas – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up the 2019 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships in thrilling fashion, with a national runner-up in the 1650 Free and two new school records. Junior Molly Kowal finished second in the mile, setting a record along with junior Kathrin Demler in the 200 Fly.

1650 Free
• Kowal claimed second overall in the 1650 Free, clocking in at a new personal-best and school-record time of 15:44.61, dropping 4.92 seconds from her previous best.
• She is now a two-time First Team All-American in the 1650 Free.

200 Fly
• Demler took 15th in 200 Fly preliminary, advancing to the final session. Improving on her time in the morning session, Demler placed 12th overall with a new school record time of 1:55.06.

200 Back
• Junior Rebekah Bradley took 41st, clocking in at 1:55.67.

200 Breast
• Sophomore Hanna Gresser posted a time of 2:13.21 for 54th overall.

400 Free Relay
• The Buckeye group of sophomore Taylor Petrak, sophomore Katie Trace, sophomore Freya Rayner and sophomore Kristen Romano claimed 17th with a time of 3:15.36.

Platform Diving
• Sophomore Lexie Barker led the way for the Buckeyes in her first appearance at the NCAA Championships, finishing 23rd with a score of 243.50.
• Junior Lara Tarvit was 39th with a total of 205.05

Up next, the men will take a turn at the NCAA Championships hosted by Texas yet again on March 27-30.