February 15, 2018

Liz Li Wins Third Straight 50 Freestyle Title


Feb. 15, 2018

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Columbus, Ohio Liz Li put on a show in front of the home crowd on day two of the Women’s Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships winning her third straight Big Ten title in the 50 freestyle. After two days of competition, Ohio State sits in second place with 424 points. The time by Li is the sixth-fastest to ever be swam.

Li came out of the blocks and touched the wall at the halfway marker of the race in 10.29; she then closed the final 25 yards of the race in 10.99 seconds for a blistering total time of 21.28. With the win, Li becomes only the third women’s swimmer in the history of the Big Ten to win three straight 50 freestyle conference titles. Her readout of 21.28 bested her previous school record of 21.29 by .01 seconds. The time was also a Big Ten conference record, NCAA A cut and the fastest time in America this season.

Here’s Liz Li‘s masterful 50 freestyle race! Big time swimming out of Macie McNichols and Freya Rayner too! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/pIEV4U6ulV

— Ohio State Swim/Dive (@OhioSt_SwimDive) February 16, 2018

Li’s wonderful swim was not the only highlight of the night. The Buckeyes grabbed a copious amount of points in the finals of the 50 freestyle as a squad. Joining Li on the podium in the A final were Macie McNichols (22.14/PR) and Freya Rayner (22.19/PR) who finished third and fifth, respectively, in the event. Maria Coy registered a massive personal best with a swim of 22.35 to claim the top spot in her B final. Cheyenne Meek finished 12th overall with a time of 22.52. Rebekah Bradley and Marianne Kahmann also scored points for Ohio State in the C final.

Meg Bailey set the school record in the finals of the 200 individual medley with a career-best time of 1:56.05 to garner a fourth-place finish. A trio of freshmen rounded out Ohio State’s competitors in the 200 individual medley – Kristen Romano scored a 14th-place finish with a time of 1:58.50, Katie Trace claimed the top spot in her C final with a career-best readout of 1:58.96, and Hanna Gresser scored in the C final too.

The women’s 400 medley relay of Rebekah Bradley, Hanna Gresser, Liz Li and Freya Rayner combined to earn a fourth-place finish with a school record readout of 3:30.36, which is an NCAA A cut.

In the 500 freestyle, Molly Kowal turned in a time of personal-best time of 4:40.21 to finish in seventh place. Mikayla Murphy (15th place/4:42.52/B final), Kerrigan Vargo (21st place/4:46.63/C final) and Natalia Jaspeado (23rd place/4:48.55/C final) were the other scorers for the Buckeyes in the event.

On the one meter diving board, a trio of Ohio State divers advanced to the consolation finals. Lara Tarvit was the highest place of the consolation finals with 310.30 points for ninth place. Genevieve Angerame scored a 285.70 for 13th place, and Camryn McPherson rounded out the scoring efforts with a 254.25 for 16th place.

Michigan is in the team lead with 430 points.

Day three begins with preliminary action in the 100 butterfly, 400 individual medley, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke at 11 a.m. ET on Friday morning. Diving on the three-meter will begin at 1 p.m.