March 20, 2019

Ohio State Posts Two School Records to Open the NCAA Championships


AUSTIN, Texas – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team opened the 2019 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships in a big way on Wednesday evening, setting two new school records after just one event at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

The 800 Free Relay team of Kristen Romano, Lucija Jurkovic-Perisa, Kathrin Demler and Katie Trace clocked in with a time of 6:59.62 to place 14th overall after being seeded at No. 20. The quartet shaved 3.31 seconds off their season-best time, and bested the school record set in 2011 by over three seconds (7:02.64).

Romano led off the group with a new program-best 200 Free time of 1:44.48 and was followed by Jurkovic-Perisa with a split of 1:45.70. Demler posted a split of 1:45.40 and Trace anchored the group at 1:44.04.

Action resumes tomorrow with a preliminary session at 10 a.m. ET, followed by a final session at 6 p.m. The 200 Free Relay, 500 Free, 200 IM, 50 Free, 400 Medley Relay and 1-Meter are slated for the day’s competition. Preliminaries are available to stream on, and the final session is available on ESPN3.