Jan. 21, 2017

Columbus, Ohio— Hosting both Akron and Pittsburgh on Saturday, the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving teams came away victorious against both teams during an undefeated weekend of competition.

The Buckeyes beat Pitt 169-125 and defeated Akron 171-120.

Ohio State had the fastest time in 11 events today, including both relays. To open the meet Elizabeth Auckley, Molly Washko, Liz Li, and Macie McNichols combined for a time of 1:40.33 to outpace the field. Closing out the meet was a Buckeye foursome that won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:23.03.

There were obviously several individual winners on Saturday as well. Freshman Molly Kowal won her third event of the season thanks to a time of 10:00.10 in the 1000 freestyle, and Lindsey Clary followed her up with a win in the 200 freestyle (1:50.11). Clary’s time just edged out teammate Maria Coy in that race (1:50.19). Later on in the meet, Kowal would earn her fourth first place finish of the season, this time in the 500 freestyle (4:53.63).

In addition to contributing to relays, Li won two events on her own: the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Her time of 22.49 was good enough to win the freestyle sprint and she outpaced the other swimmers in the 100 fly with her time of 53.98.

Taylor Vargo had another good day’s worth of breaststroke events, winning the 100 yard race with a mark of 1:02.99 and placing second in the 200 yard race (2:16.55). Meg Bailey outswam the field in the 200 butterfly, registering a time of 2:00.19 in that event. She would go on to win the 200 IM as well (2:02.12). McNichols was a two-time winner today, too; she won the 100 freestyle, touching the wall at 50.86.

Zulal Zeren was the top team finisher in both backstroke events. She posted a time of 56.65 in the 100 backstroke and 2:00.37 in the 200 backstroke. Diving-wise, Haley Allen scored 269.75 on three-meter and freshman Lara Tarvit scored 261.85 on one-meter.

Ohio State’s next meet will be a big one: at the University of Michigan on Jan. 27