Oct. 23, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the opening dual meet of the season, the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team took down Miami by a score of 172-115 Thursday evening in Oxford, Ohio. The meet served as the first of three busy days of competition for the Buckeyes. The Scarlet and Gray will return to Columbus for a double-dual vs. Purdue and Cincinnati on Friday, and travel to Athens, Ohio to face the Ohio Bobcats on Saturday.

The Buckeyes set the tone early, recording a one-two finish in the 200 medley relay. Finishing first, the contingent of Camey Rabold, Rachael Dzierzak, Aliena Schmidtke and Zhesi Li touched in a time of 1:45.79. They were followed by teammates Lauren Davis, Katie Antal, Amanda McNulty and Cheyenne Meek, who took the runner-up spot.

Junior Annie Gillig had a solid evening, posting wins in the 1000 freestyle and 500 freestyle events. The Simpsonville, S.C., native took the 1000 freestyle in a time of 10:08.75, while earning a mark of 4:57.10 in the 500.

In the 200 freestyle, Rabold picked up her second victory of the meet with a time of 1:52.82. Li, who will certainly be a rookie to watch this season, recorded a first-place finish in the 100 backstroke in 58.00.

Sophomore standout Lindsey Clary earned a time of 2:04.85 in the 200 butterfly for first place, while Schmidtke, a senior from Magdeburg, Germany, captured the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.04.

In diving, veteran Taylor Ford earned a score of 281.25 in the 1-meter competition to place first. Newcomer Brittany Menninger took second with a 267.97 total.

Another freshman, Macie McNichols, made waves for the Buckeyes with a first-place showing in the 100 freestyle (52.16). Sophomore Kaitlyn Ferrara recorded yet another win for the Scarlet and Gray, this time in the 200 backstroke (2:02.95). Ferrara’s classmate, Amy Bopp, capped OSU’s individual event wins with a time of 57.33 in the 100 butterfly.

Ohio State rounded out the meet with a dominating performance in the 400 freestyle relay, behind swims from Dunseith, Dzierzak, Vance and Jongekrijg (3:29.81).

The Buckeyes will compete Friday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion with races beginning at 4 p.m. (ET).

Ohio State Women’s Swimming and Diving
Miami University – Oxford, Ohio
Oct. 23, 2014

Team Scores:
Ohio State 172, Miami 115

Top Buckeye Finishes: 200 Medley Relay – 1. Rabold, Dzierzak, Schmidtke, Li (1:45.79); 1000 Freestyle – 1. Gillig (10:08.75); 200 Freestyle – 1. Rabold (1:52.82); 100 Backstroke – Li (58.00); 100 Breaststroke – 1. Bopp (1:04.27); 200 Butterfly – 1. Clary (2:04.85); 50 Freestyle –1. Schmidtke (24.04); 1-Meter Dive – 1. Ford (281.25); 100 Freestyle – 1. McNichols (52.16); 200 Backstroke – 1. Ferrara (2:02.95); 500 Freestyle – 1. Gillig (4:57.10); 100 Butterfly – 1. Bopp (57.33); 400 Freestyle Relay – 1. Dunseith, Dzierzak, Vance, Jongekrijg (3:29.81).