COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team is set for the 2019 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, hosted by the University of Texas at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. The nation’s best swimmers and divers will compete on Wednesday-Friday, March 20-23.
WAYS TO FOLLOW
All preliminaries and diving consolations will be streamed on texassports.com. Final sessions on Wednesday and Thursday are available on ESPN3, while Friday and Saturday will be on ESPNU.
The meet will comprise of seven sessions – four final sessions and three preliminary sessions. A final session at 6 p.m. ET kicks off the meet on Wednesday, followed by 10 a.m. ET preliminaries and 6 p.m. ET finals Thursday-Saturday.
OHIO STATE REPRESENTATIVES
Fourteen Buckeyes will represent Ohio State at the NCAA Championships, including 11 swimmers and three divers.
Junior Molly Kowal is the highest-seeded Buckeye in the swimming events, coming in at No. 3 in the 1650 Free with a time of 15:49.53. Kowal also received invites in the 500 Free (No. 28, 4:39.48) and the 400 IM (No. 34, 4:09.00). Junior Kathrin Demler is also qualified in three events – the 200 IM (No. 35, 1:56.63), the 400 IM (No. 21, 4:07.06) and the 200 Fly (No. 23, 1:55.23). Sophomore Kristen Romano will make two individual appearances for OSU – in the 200 IM (No. 37, 1:56.76) and the 400 IM (No. 19, 4:07.01).
Four additional Buckeyes will compete individually: junior Rebekah Bradley (100 Back, No. 20/51.99), sophomore Hanna Gresser (100 Breast, No. 35/59.88), sophomore Freya Rayner (50 Free, No. 39/22.16) and sophomore Katie Trace (400 IM, No. 26/4:08.16).
Ohio State will also make appearances in all five relays, with sophomore Taylor Petrak, junior Lucija Jurkovic-Perisa, senior Maria Coy and freshman Georgia White on the alternate roster. The highest relay seed for OSU comes at No. 11 in the 200 Free Relay (1:28.12) and No. 12 in the 200 Medley Relay (1:35.85).
Last week, Ohio State added three divers to its NCAA contingent after the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships. Junior Lara Tarvit qualified on 1-Meter and Platform for her third appearance at the NCAA Championships. Sophomore Genevieve Angerame makes her second trip to the NCAA Meet, competing on 3-Meter. Sophomore Lexie Barker rounds out the Buckeye diving squad, competing at her first NCAA Championships on 3-Meter and Platform.
LAST YEAR AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
At last year’s NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, Ohio State placed 13th with a team score of 123 points. Top returning individual finishers were Kowal in the 1650 Free at seventh place and Tarvit on the platform with a fifth-place finish. The 400 Free Relay claimed 10th, while the 200 Medley Relay was 13th.