IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving program claimed the 2020 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center at the University of Iowa. The title marks the Buckeyes’ sixth in program history and the first since 1986. After taking the lead on the first full day of competition, the Buckeyes maintained a steady advantage all the way through Saturday evening and won the title by a margin of 197 points. Ohio State director of swimming and diving Bill Dorenkott earned his fourth Big Ten Championship, having claimed three prior titles as the head coach at Penn State.
“I’m so proud of our team and our coaches for the work that they’ve put into this,” said head coach Bill Dorenkott. “This has been a long time coming and what an outstanding performance our kids had. This wasn’t just one season of work, it was three and four years building up to this point. It’s a lot of belief, a lot of faith and a heck of a lot of hard work.”
Overall, the Ohio State women finished with three individual Big Ten Champions and a 200 Freestyle Relay Big Ten Championship. Kathrin Demler finished first in the 500 Free, Molly Kowal won gold in the 1,650 Free and Mackenzie Crawford was crowned a Big Ten Champion on the 1-Meter springboard.
An additional three relay squads took home silver including the 200 Medley Relay, 800 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay teams. Freya Rayner was a silver medalist in the 100 Free while Georgia White was a Big Ten runner-up in the 200 Free and Kathrin Demler finished second in the 400 IM.
Rounding out the podium finishes, Rayner claimed third in the 50 Free, Kristen Romano won bronze in the 400 IM and Crawford secured her second podium spot of the weekend in the 3-Meter competition.
Seven Buckeyes earned First Team honors, including Mackenzie Crawford, Kathrin Demler, Amy Fulmer, Lucija Jurkovic-Perisa, Molly Kowal, Taylor Petrak and Freya Rayner. Hannah Bach, Rebekah Bradley, Katie Trace and Georgia White all earned Second Team honors. Junior Laura Banks was Ohio State’s Sportsmanship award recipient.
400 Freestyle Relay