February 21, 2020

Buckeyes Continue 1st-Place Surge at Big Ten Championships

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team is in first-place after the third day of the 2020 Big Ten Conference swimming and diving championships, being contested on campus at the University of Iowa.

The Buckeyes capped the evening with a win in the 200 freestyle relay to extend their lead to 161 points over Michigan heading into the final day of competition Saturday. The relay team of Taylor Petrak, Freya Rayner, Amy Fulmer and Lucija Jurkovic-Perisa took first in a Campus Recreation and Wellness Center pool record time of 1:27.57. Ohio State reclaimed the title from Michigan after winning the event in 2018 but finishing in second to the Wolverines last year.

Team Standings

  1. Ohio State – 1,016 points
  2. Michigan – 855
  3. Indiana – 680
  4. Northwestern – 580
  5. Minnesota – 473
Ohio State Buckeyes

It was a total team effort on Saturday that propelled the Buckeyes into the lead position as 23 different swimmers and divers scored points, including 20 swimmers, compared to 15 for Michigan and 14 for Indiana. Ohio State’s efforts featured 17 NCAA “B” qualifying swims and two “A” standard diving performances, from Mackenzie Crawford and Genevieve Angerame, who finished third and ninth, respectively, on the three-meter springboard.

Seven point scorers, led by finalists Kathrin Demler and Kristen Romano, led to a huge, 126 points in the 400-yard individual medley that vaulted Ohio State into the lead and the team held onto that lead for the rest of the evening. Michigan was leading 608-570 after the first event of the evening but Ohio State outscored the Wolverines by 98 points in the 400 IM. 

Georgia White, second in the 200 freestyle and Lucija Jurkovic-Perisa, seventh, helped increase Ohio State’s lead to 64 points following the third swimming event of the evening.

Another five swimmers, led by finalists Hannah Bach and Hanna Gresser, helped the Buckeyes score 67 points in the 100-yard backstroke, increasing the team’s lead to 97 points, 816-719.  Devin Landstra and Freya Rayner each contributed “B” final points as well.

After a break for the diving competition, the Buckeyes got back into the water for the 200 freestyle relay. It was the team’s only win of the day after two on Thursday, but it was huge. 

Highlights of the Friday swims also included:

  • Demler and Romano each swimming nearly three seconds faster in the final than they did in the prelims to take second and third, respectively, in the 400 individual medley.
  • Five additional 400 IM teammates scoring points: Molly Kowal, Katherine Trace, Natalia Jaspeado, Georgia Mosher and Veronica Tafuto.
  • White taking second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:44.53 with Jurkovic-Perisa also making the finals and taking seventh in 1:46.35.
  • Hanna Gresser and Hannah Bach finishing seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 100 breaststroke in :59.60 and 1:00.26. 
  • Rebekah Bradley swimming in the final of the 100 backstroke and taking fifth in :52.67.
  • Freshman Mackenzie Crawford captured the bronze medal on the 3-meter springboard after putting up a big 63.00 score on her final dive. She has two podium finishes so far and looks toward the platform competition tomorrow.

The competition concludes Saturday with preliminaries at 11 a.m. (CST) and finals beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Ohio State Individual Results – Saturday 

Team Standings

  1. Ohio State – 1,016
  2. Michigan – 855
  3. Indiana – 680
  4. Northwestern – 580
  5. Minnesota – 473

Ohio State Individual Results – Saturday 

100-yard Butterfly

17. Aislinn Walsh (53.83) 

400-yard Individual Medley

2. Kathrin Demler (4:05.93) NCAA “B” cut

3. Kristen Romano (4:07.72) “B”

9. Molly Kowal (4:09.93) “B”

10. Katherine Trace (4:12.10) “B”

12. Natalia Jaspeado (4:13.51) “B”

15. Georgia Mosher (4:16.97) “B”

17. Veronica Tafuto (4:11.09) “B”

200-yard Freestyle

2. Georgia White (1:44.53) “B”

7. Lucija Jurkovic-Perisa (1:46.35) “B”

23. Kennady Kilger (1:48.56)

100-yard Breaststroke  

7. Hanna Gresser (59.60) “B”

8. Hannah Bach (1:00.26) “B”

11. Josephine Panitz (1:00.35) “B”

21. Sarah Sperber (1:01.25) “B”

100-yard Backstroke

5. Rebekah Bradley (52.67) “B”

11. Amy Fulmer (53.40) “B”

15. Devin Landstra (53.83) “B”

17. Freya Rayner (53.92) “B”

19. Brynna Wolfe (54.02)

Three-Meter Diving

3. Mackenzie Crawford, 334.45 “A”

9. Genevieve Angerame, 325.95 “A”

14. Jackie Brenn, 268.35

17. Lexie Barker, 261.17

200-yard Freestyle Relay

1. Ohio State (Taylor Petrak, Freya Rayner, Amy Fulmer, Lucija Jurkovic-Perisa), 1:27.57