March 17, 2018

Buckeyes Finish 13th at NCAA Championships


Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team finished 13th with 123 points at the 2018 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships hosted at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion this week.

Lara Tarvit and Genevieve Angerame both put forth scoring efforts on the platform on Saturday. Tarvit, a sophomore from Melbourne, Australia, registered the highest individual finish of the day for the Buckeyes with a fifth-place showing on the platform. Tarvit used a finals score of 296.80 to earn her first-career First Team All-America honor. Angerame competed in the consolation finals and placed 15th with a tally of 246.25. Angerame was the second-highest finishing freshman on the platform. Between the duo of platform divers, Ohio State received 16 points.

Molly Kowal used a career-best swim of 15:52.80 in the finals of the 1650 freestyle to place seventh and score 12 points for the Buckeyes. With the seventh-place finish, Kowal earns her first career First Team All-America honor. Kowal’s finish at the 2018 NCAA meet is a 23-spot improvement from her freshman season.

The final collegiate event to be swum at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion this year by the Buckeyes was the 400 freestyle relay. The quartet of Liz Li, Freya Rayner, Macie McNichols and Kristen Romano pieced together the second-fastest time of the season for Ohio State in the event with a readout of 3:13.45 for a 10th-place finish that settled Ohio State into 13th place for good. Li ends her Buckeye career with 10 All-America honors and it was McNichols’ fifth-career All-America award. For Rayner and Romano, it is the second of their careers.

Meg Bailey swam a 1:56.29 in the 200 butterfly to close out her Scarlet and Gray career with a 25th-place showing. Bailey, a senior from Australia, made the first NCAA A final of her career on Friday night in the 400 individual medley with a seventh-place showing. Bailey will represent her home country at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. A pair of underclassmen, Rebekah Bradley and Hanna Gresser, capped off their brilliant years with NCAA swims. Bradley placed 44th in the 200 backstroke (1:56.76) and Gresser finished 47th in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:12.81.