Oct. 17, 2014


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team hosted its opening home contest Friday evening, with the annual Scarlet vs. Gray exhibition. Competition remained fierce throughout the evening, yet the victory was awarded to Team Scarlet.

Team Scarlet started the meet with a victory in the 200 Medley Relay with the help of veterans Camey Rabold, Rachael Dzierzak, Annelise Sprau and newcomer Macie McNichols.

Sophomore and distance specialist, Lindsey Clary broke Scarlet’s streak when she touched the wall first, recording Gray’s opening win of the night in the 1000 freestyle.

Junior Annie Gillig pulled Team Gray ahead after a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle, only to be combatted by Scarlet’s Rabold in the 100 backstroke.

Ashley Vance, a senior this season, made her first appearance during the 100 breaststroke when she touched the wall first, continuing Team Scarlet’s winning streak.

Sophomore Amy Bopp took command when she dominated the 200 butterfly, giving Gray another solid win. Zhesi Li then made her debut as a Buckeye, recording a victory for Gray in the 50 freestyle.

After a brief break in action, Sprau entered the water looking for another meet victory for Scarlet in the 100 freestyle. Gillig commanded attention again as she claimed another Gray win, keeping them within a single point of Scarlet.

Vance looked to prove herself once more in the 200 breaststroke, sneaking ahead for the win. Clary took to the pool for the 500 freestyle and commanded a second personal win, while maintaining momentum for Team Gray.

Senior Aliena Schmidtke brought home a win in her favored event, the 100 butterfly. Bopp finished her evening with the 200 individual medley, finishing first to bring Gray within seven points before the final event.

Although the Gray relay team of Zhesi, Annie Jongekrijg, Gillig and Clary claimed the 400 freestyle relay, it was the Scarlet who held on to claim the top team score.

Ohio State returns to action at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion next Friday, Oct. 24 to take on Purdue and Cincinnati. The meet is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. On Thursday, the squad will send team members to Oxford, Ohio for a dual with Miami.

Final score:
Scarlet – 131, Gray – 129