July 24, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State swimmers won eight of nine events during the third night of finals at the Central Zone Section 3 Championships, held on the campus of Miami University. The Buckeyes’ performance on Wednesday was preceded by impressive times in both Monday and Tuesday finals.

“This meet has served us well the past few years as a terrific opportunity to prepare for USA Nationals, qualify kids for Nationals or use as an end-of-the-season meet for our up-and-coming athletes,” said head coach Bill Dorenkott. “I am very proud of the girls who have put in the work for eight, 12 or up to 16 months and are now starting to see the pay off.”

Wednesday night opened in thrilling fashion, as rising sophomore Zulal Zeren took first place in the 100 backstroke. Overall, five swimmers touched the wall within .65 of one another. Zeren also won the 200 backstroke on the first night of competition with a time of 2:14.98. Teammate Kaitlyn Ferrara came in .06 behind Zeren.

After claiming victory in the 400 individual medley earlier in the meet, rising senior Lindsey Clary earned another win, this one coming in the 400 freestyle (4:19.39). Clary’s win the 400 IM came by nine seconds (4:52.35). Teammate Annie Gillig was second (5:01.12).

In the 100 breaststroke, Ohio State swept the top three spots with rising sophomores Taylor Vargo (first, 1:11.31), Amy Bopp (second, 1:11.95) and rising junior Rachael Dzierzak (third, 1:12.22) topping the field.

The 200 breaststroke final was dominated by Ohio State, as Vargo won in 2:34.95. Bopp was second (2:35.26).

Immediately after finishing the 200 breaststroke, Bopp returned to the pool for the 100 butterfly and clocked a 2:14.77 to win the event.

“Kaitlyn Ferrara and Amy Bopp are two young ladies who picked up their National cuts this weekend and have done nothing but work their tails off since coming in last August,” said Dorenkott. “It is nice to see their commitment rewarded.”

The Buckeyes also excelled in relay events. The 200 medley team of Zeran, Bopp, Annelise Sprau and Annie Jongekrijg took first place with a time of 1:57.11, just .56 faster than the second place team. Ohio State’s 800 free relay of Katy Luchansky, Zeren, Ferrara and Aliena Schmidtke won the event by 10 seconds in 8:24.54. 

In the 200 freestyle, Luchansky was the Buckeyes’ top performer, moving up from a seventh-seed showing in the prelims to finish third with a 2:05.71. Schmidtke then followed with a victory in the 100 butterfly, dropped a 59.90, more than two seconds better than her closest competitor.