Oct. 24, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the home-opener of the 2014-2015 campaign, the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team took down Purdue, 165-134, and Cincinnati, 238-60, Friday evening in Columbus, Ohio. The meet marked the second of three contests this weekend for Ohio State. The Buckeyes will next travel to Athens, Ohio to face the Ohio University Bobcats on Saturday.

With a demanding schedule to kick start the season, the Buckeyes have responded thus far to the challenge.

 “This is what defines a team – when you can get up time after time, session after session,” senior Ashley Vance said. “We’ve put up good races to compete with good teams.”

“I think it is important to have challenges early in the season so you can prepare for Big Tens and NCAAs,” said senior Aliena Schmidtke. “It sets you up well for a big meet.”

Ohio State’s 200 medley relay team of Camey Rabold, Vance, Annelise Sprau and Zhesi Li opened up the meet with an early win for the Buckeyes (1:41.97).

Sophomore Lindsey Clary dominated early on in the evening by setting a personal best in the 1000 freestyle with a mark of 9:54.61. She kept up the momentum to take the win in the 500 freestyle as well (4:50.30).

Ohio State swept the 100 backstroke with strong performances from Rabold (56.32), Erin Dunseith (56.45) and Lauren Davis (56.85). Rabold claimed the victory, while Dunseith and Davis followed in second and third, respectively.

Vance captured her first individual win of the season in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.81. Following a brief break in action, Vance picked up another solid victory with a first-place touch in the 200 individual medley (2:02.94).

In diving action, Taylor Ford posted an overall score of 300.20 on the three-meter apparatus, claiming the top mark in the competition.

Annie Gillig brought the Buckeyes back into swimming action with a victory in the 200 backstroke (2:00.57). Gillig was followed by teammates Amy Bopp and Vance, who claimed the first and second spots in 2:15.72 and 2:16.04, respectively.

The contingent of Rachael Dzierzak, Li, Annie Jongekrijg and Schmidtke closed the meet with a close second place finish to the Boilermakers (3:23.68) in the 400 free relay.

Ohio State Women’s Swimming and Diving
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion – Columbus, Ohio
Oct. 24, 2014

Team Scores:
Ohio State 238, Cincinnati 60
Ohio State 165, Purdue 134
Purdue 246, Cincinnati 53

Top Buckeye Finishes: 200 Medley Relay – 1. Rabold, Sprau, Vance, Li (1:41.97); 1000 Freestyle – 1. Clary (9:54.61); 200 Freestyle – 5. Schmidtke (1:51.64); 100 Backstroke – 1. Rabold (56.32); 100 Breaststroke – 1. Vance (1:02.81); 200 Butterfly – 2. Bopp (2:00.59); 50 Freestyle – 1. Li (23.03); 1-Meter Dive – 1. Ford (281.25); 3-Meter Dive – 1. Ford (300.20); 100 Freestyle – 2. Li (51.01); 200 Backstroke – 1. Gillig (2:00.57); 200 Breaststroke – 1. Bopp (2:15.72); 500 Freestyle – 1. Clary (4:50.30); 100 Butterfly – 2. Schmidtke (55.61); 200 Individual Medley – 1. Vance (2:02.94). 400 Freestyle Relay – 2. Dzierzak, Li, Jongekrijg, Schmidtke (3:24.26).