Nov. 18, 2016


Columbus, Ohio— Day one of the OSU Invite is in the books and several swimmers across the board broke all kinds of records at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

Most notably for Ohio State, Liz Li set a new meet record in the 50 freestyle (21.70), earning a spot at the 2017 NCAA Championships. She bested her time of 21.72 from last weekend at the USA College Challenge, in the process setting a new high watermark for the 50 free in the NCAA this season. Tonight in the A finals she beat out 2016 Olympic silver medalist and Stanford sophomore Simone Manuel (21.82).

The evening session started off with a bang, courtesy of the Cardinal. Their top relay foursome set a new meet record in the 200 freestyle relay (1:27.72) while posting an NCAA A time to kick off the events, and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky broke her own American record in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:26.46. During the prelim session in the morning, she broke the previous NCAA record with her mark of 4:27.54 before besting herself in the first individual finals event.

For the Buckeyes, Kathrin Demler advanced to the A finals in the 500 free and posted a time of 4:48.73, while fellow freshman Molly Kowal earned an NCAA provisional time at 4:47.05. Seven Buckeyes overall advanced to the evening portion in the 500 free: Demler, Kowal, Mikayla Murphy, Zulal Zeren, Kaitlyn Ferrara, Kathleen Cook, and Kerrigan Vargo.

Prior to that in the 200 freestyle relay it was Macie McNichols, Li, Cheyenne Meek, and Chantel Wynn who placed second overall with a time of 1:30.02.

The 200 IM was the third event of the night and Ohio State placed two swimmers in the Top 6: Meg Bailey (3rd, 1:57.20) and Lindsey Clary (6th, 1:58.33) both earned NCAA B times for their performances. Taylor Vargo and Maria Coy also advanced to finals heats in the 200 IM, giving OSU four total. Ella Eastin of Stanford won the event with a meet record time of 1:54.06.

Li’s performance in the 50 free was next, and she was joined in the A finals by Macie McNichols; she would finish fifth with a time of 22.73. Also competing in finals heats for OSU were Wynn (23.36), Meek (23.47), and Coy (23.16). Closing out the swimming portion was the 400 medley relay, and the Buckeye team of Zeren, Vargo, Li, and McNichols finished fourth with a time of 3:36.02. Stanford won the event, setting a new meet record (3:29.63) in the process.

On the diving boards, Haley Allen placed first one 3-meter with a score of 298.45. The sophomore came out on top by a narrow margin, with Utah’s Amanda Casillas coming in second with 294.45.

Day two of the invitational will begin at 10 a.m. with prelims and continue at 5 p.m. with finals. For all the information you need regarding this weekend, please visit out OSU Invite homepage.

Team scores after day one:

  1. Stanford 323 
  2. Kentucky 174
  3. Ohio State 156 
  4. Yale 111
  5. Iowa 84 
  6. Washington State 68
  7. Penn State 61 
  8. Pittsburgh 52
  9. Utah 52 
  10. Kenyon 4