BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Ohio State women’s swimming & diving team collected its first individual medal on Thursday evening at the Counsilman-Billings Aquatics Center in Bloomington, Ind., as well as setting a number of Top Five times in program history in a Buckeye-filled final session.
After the day’s events, Ohio State gains sole possession of third place in the team race with 434 points, just 2.5 points behind Michigan. Indiana remains in first with 497 points.
• Molly Kowal swam the No. 2 time in program history in the 500 Free, clocking in at a career-best 4:39.48 and placing fifth. Kowal improved on her prelim time of 4:40.02, the best of all entrants in the morning session.
• Mikayla Murphy set a personal record in the B Final, finishing fourth with a time of 4:44.43, followed by Nicole Fye in sixth, also clocking a personal best of 4:46.01.
• Grace Kowal claimed 16th overall after registering a career-best time of 4:45.17 to win the seventh heat in the preliminary.
• Georgia Mosher and Kerrigan Vargo tied for third in the C Final, both finishing with career-best times of 4:46.23.
• Georgia White swam a personal best in the prelims (4:51.17), while Natalia Jaspeado posted a season-best (4:52.04).
• Kathrin Demler earned a sixth-place finish in the 200 IM, setting a career-best time of 1:56.63, also the third-fastest time in program history.
• In the B Final, Kristen Romano improved on her personal best with a time of 1:56.76. Katie Trace followed in third with a new career best of 1:57.32.
• Hanna Gresser finished fifth in the C Final, clocking in at 1:59.54, a new career-best.
• Seven Buckeyes appeared in the final heats for the 50 Free, the most of any Big Ten school.
• Freya Rayner claimed a bronze medal in the event, touching the wall at 21.16 and dropping 0.02 second from her prelim time. Taylor Petrak finished fifth in the A Final (22.40), after setting a career-best of 22.37 in the morning session.
• Maria Coy won the B Final, setting a season-best time of 22.47. Rebekah Bradley placed fourth (22.68) behind a career-best of 22.67 from the preliminary, and Devin Landstra finished sixth with a new personal-best time of 22.79.
• Lucija Jurkovic-Perisa started off the Buckeyes strong with a win in the C Final, clocking a career-best time of 22.80. Amanda Palutsis rounded out the Buckeye effort as the only freshman in the final session, finishing seventh with a time of 23.15.
• In the morning session, Brooke Glesenkamp (23.14) recorded a personal best.
• Genevieve Angerame was the top Buckeye finisher in the 1-Meter final, posting a score of 301.70.
• Lara Tarvit took 13th with a score of 292.75.
• In the prelim, Ali House finished 25th (255.45) and Lexie Barker took 28th (249.50).
400 Medley Relay
• Rebekah Bradley, Hanna Gresser, Katie Trace and Kristen Romano took fifth with a season-best time of 3:33.34.
• That time is also third all-time in program history.
• Bradley (52.57), Gresser (59.84), Trace (52.15) and Romano (48.78) all swam season-best splits.
Competition resumes tomorrow, with a preliminary session beginning at 11 a.m. at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center in Bloomington, Ind. The 100 Fly, 400 IM, 200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back and 3-Meter will be contested.
2019 Big Ten Swimming & Diving Championships
Feb. 21, 2019
Counsilman-Billings Aquatic Center – Bloomington, Ind.
5. Molly Kowal (4:39.48)
12. Mikayla Murphy (4:44.43)
14. Nicole Fye (4:46.01)
16. Grace Kowal (4:46.70)
19. Georgia Mosher (4:46.23)
19. Kerrigan Vargo (4:46.23)
6. Kathrin Demler (1:56.63)
10. Kristen Romano (1:56.76)
11. Katie Trace (1:57.32)
21. Hanna Gresser (1:59.54)
3. Freya Rayner (22.16)
5. Taylor Petrak (22.40)
9. Maria Coy (22.47)
12. Rebekah Bradley (22.68)
14. Devin Landstra (22.79)
17. Lucija Jurkovic-Perisa (22.80
23. Amanda Palutsis (23.15)
10. Genevieve Angerame (301.70)
13. Lara Tarvit (292.75)
400 Medley Relay
5. Bradley, Gresser, Trace, Romano (3:33.34)