IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team started off the 2020 Big Ten Championships with two second-place finishes and a new school record in the 200 medley relay.
To start the night, the 200 Medley Relay team of Rebekah Bradley (Sr.), Hannah Bach (Fr.), Katie Trace (Jr.) and Freya Rayner (Jr.) claimed second place with a time of 1:35.17 and set a new school record. Bradley opened the event with a 24.51 split in the backstroke, followed by Bach who swam a 26.41 breaststroke and Trace who set a butterfly split of 23.20. In the final 200, Rayner registered the fastest freestyle split of all competitors, setting a personal best of 21.05. Trace’s split was second-best in the field behind Penn State as she set up Rayner who overtook Northwestern in the final stretch to place just 1.04 behind first-place finishers, Michigan.
Next up, the 800 Freestyle Relay squad of Kathrin Demler (Sr.), Lucija Jurkovic Perisa (Sr.), Georgia White (So.), and Katie Trace (Jr.) touched second, clocking an NCAA “A” time of 7:00.30. Demler swam the leadoff leg and put the Buckeyes into second as Jurkovic Perisa took the lead with a split of 1:44.49. White was next and maintained the lead with a 1:44.00 split, the fastest time among the Buckeye relay team. In the final 800, Wisconsin’s All-American swimmer overtook Trace and the Buckeyes clinched second.
With two, second-place finishes, Ohio State finished day one of competition in second place with 112 team points. Michigan tallied 118 points to lead the pack while Wisconsin trails the Buckeyes with 108 points.
200 Medley Relay
800 Freestyle Relay
Competition resumes tomorrow with a preliminary session beginning at 11 a.m. at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in Iowa City.