COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team has successfully defended its Big Ten Conference title. After four days of competition from the Soderholm Family Aquatic Center in Madison, Wis., the team earned 1,303 points to win the 2022 conference championship for its third title in as many years. The Buckeyes took their seat at the top of the conference with six event wins and 12 individual medals at this year’s meet.
“I could not be more proud of our swimmers and divers for putting together a remarkable Big Ten Championship. Three and a half days and seven sessions of laying it on the line for each other,” Ohio State director of swimming and diving Bill Dorenkott said. “This team is special because of their willingness to lean into the hard stuff. To be an uncommon team requires risking going all in without the promise of success. That level of vulnerability set the table for a heck of a meet. The good news for this team and program is that the best is yet to come. We are just getting started.”
With the win, the program is now alone in second with eight Big Ten team championships (1982-83-84-85-86-2020-21-22). Dorenkott has coached teams to six Big Ten Conference championships and has moved into sole possession of second place in women’s Big Ten titles.
“We are blessed with a staff and resources that are second to none,” Dorenkott said. Our coaches and support staff are fully invested in our student-athletes. They understand how darn tough it is to be elite and they are fully committed to providing our team with the best student-athlete experience of any swimming and diving team in the NCAA.”
Buckeyes Emily Crane, Hannah Bach, Katherine Zenick, Teresa Ivan, Amy Fulmer, Paige Hall, Kristen Romano and Katie Trace earned first team All-Big Ten honors. Trace was named Ohio State’s Sportsmanship Award winner.
The Buckeyes started off the fourth evening of finals with the 1650 freestyle and Maya Geringer finishing fourth in 16:01.30 for a career-best race. Along with 26 team points from Geringer, Gwen Woodbury (16:19.37) took 12th, Sally Tafuto (16:19.60) finished 14th and Mia Rankin (16:20.46) went 15th to add a total of 66 points for the Buckeyes to begin the last session of the championships. All four Buckeyes recorded NCAA B qualifying times.
Next up was the 200 backstroke as Tristan Harrison (1:54.92) and Paige Hall (1:54.94) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the A final. Morgan Kraus took first in the consolation final in a time of 1:54.27 as the trio of Buckeyes combined for 75 team points and all reached NCAA provisional standards. Both Harrison and Kraus raced career-best marks.
The Buckeyes’ first medals of the day were won by Amy Fulmer and Katherine Zenick in the 100 freestyle. Fulmer picked up her third individual medal of the championships in a career-best time of 47.46 for silver while Zenick took bronze in a personal-best time of 47.57. Teresa Ivan (48.48) finished 11th overall and Catherine Russo (49.55) also scored for Ohio State as the team earned 76 points in the event.
Juniors Hannah Bach and Josie Panitz represented Ohio State in the A final of the 200 breaststroke, taking third and fourth place, respectively. Both raced NCAA B cuts and personal-best times with Bach finishing in 2:07.40 for her second individual medal of the championships and Panitz touching the wall in a time of 2:07.97.
Ohio State finished three-four in the 200 butterfly with graduates Katie Trace (1:55.12) and Kristen Romano (1:55.22) taking third and fourth, respectively. Kyra Sommerstad followed in 10th, racing a time of 1:57.30. All three earned career-best finishes and NCAA B standards.
Ciara McGing and Mackenzie Crawford advanced to the finals of the platform dive on Saturday, with McGing making it to the A final while Crawford competed in the consolation finals. McGing finished fourth overall with a final score of 319.25. Crawford took 13th after earning 245.25 points on her final dives.
Ohio State closed out the conference championships with a silver medal in the 400 free relay in a school record time of 3:10.32. The relay of Zenick, Ivan, Romano and Fulmer swam an NCAA qualifying time as well to cap off the team’s impressive performance at this year’s Big Ten Championships.
2022 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Results
Feb. 16-19 | Soderholm Family Aquatic Center
2022 Ohio State Big Ten Champions
All Ohio State point scorers listed
1650 Free – 4. Maya Geringer, 16:01.30; 12. Gwen Woodbury, 16:19.37; 14. Sally Tafuto, 16:19.60; 15. Mia Rankin, 16:20.26
200 Back – 7. Tristan Harrison, 1:54.92; 8. Paige Hall, 1:54.94; 9. Morgan Kraus, 1:54.27
100 Free – 2. Fulmer, 47.46; 3. Katherine Zenick, 48.11; 11. Teresa Ivan, 48.48
200 Breast – 3. Hannah Bach, 2:07.40; 4. Josie Panitz, 2:07.92
200 Fly – 3. Katie Trace, 1:55.12; 4. Kristen Romano, 1:55.22; 10. Krya Sommerstad, 1:57.30
Platform Dive – 4. Ciara McGing, 319.25; 13. Mackenzie Crawford, 245.25
400 Free Relay – 2. Zenick, Ivan, Romano, Fulmer, 3:10.32*
*Ohio State school record