COLUMBUS, OH, January 12. THE No. 25 Indiana women's swimming and diving squad improved to 5-2 and 1-1 in Big Ten action after extending its win streak to four meets with a 130-111 conquest of Ohio State on Jan. 8 at the Peppe Aquatic Center in Columbus, Ohio, pr IU reports.
While the IU men lost to the Buckeyes, the women won six out of the 13 events, while sophomore Leila Vaziri paced IU with two event crowns.
"Basically, I thought we swam pretty tough today," Head Coach Dorsey Tierney said. "It has been a long week. We raced pretty well. Leila Vaziri had a real nice day. Lauren Torpey had a good day coming off some fantastic training the last few weeks. She put together some solid races today."
In the initial event of the meet, Ohio State jumped out to an early 11-4 lead in an odd 400-yard medley relay event in which three separate squads were disqualified. OSU's quartet of senior Katie Kolles, sophomore Rebekah Rychvalsky, freshman Kati Wall and freshman Annie Rennebohm won the event in 4:00.37, while IU's squad of sophomore Michelle Parent, freshman Angela Calvert, junior Lauren Lubus and freshman Lauren Schrader finished in second in 4:14.80.
Ohio State stretched its lead to 21-13 in the 1,000-yard freestyle as junior Nicole Maglich claimed the title in 10:04.82. IU junior Lauren Torpey finished in second in 10:09.91, while freshman Christie Fuchs placed third in 10:30.34.
Indiana countered in the 200-yard freestyle to take a 28-25 lead with a top-two sweep. Sophomore Leila Vaziri finished in first in 1:50.93, while junior Doherty Colgin took second in 1:51.47. OSU freshman Griet Buelens rounded out the top three with a 1:51.89 time.
In the 50-yard freestyle, IU pushed its lead to 40-32 when sophomore Annica Lofstedt snared the title in 23.75. OSU freshman Linda Lund placed second in 24.47, while sophomore Clarissa Wentworth took third for IU in 24.61.
Indiana extended the margin to 55-36 in the 400-yard IM as junior Kristen Bradley cleared the NCAA provisional standard with a first-place 4:23.55. Lubus came in second for IU in 4:33.26, while OSU sophomore Gulsah Gunenc finished in third in 4:34.53.
The Cream and Crimson vaulted out to a 71-39 lead during the diving break as returning Olympic diver Cassandra Cardinell punched her ticket to NCAA Zone Diving with a 283.12 tally to claim the one-meter title for IU. Sophomore Lindsay Weigle came in second for IU with a 262.12 total, while freshman Christina Loukas closed out a top-three sweep with a 248.54 string of dives.
In the 200-yard butterfly, OSU bounced back a bit with the top-two spots to cut the gap to 76-53. Buelens claimed the crown in 2:02.54, while Gunenc finished in second in 2:04.35. Junior Sarah Bugden touched in 2:07.27 for third place for the Hoosiers.
Indiana responded in the 100-yard freestyle to move its lead to 88-66 as senior Erin Smith won the event in 52.87. OSU's Lund placed second in 53.10, while Wentworth took third for IU in 53.37.
In the 200-yard backstroke, Vaziri notched her second win with a 2:04.34 effort to help Indiana to a 102-65 margin. OSU senior Kylie Lancken took second in 2:08.08, while Bugden placed third for IU in 2:08.58.
In the 500-yard freestyle, the Cream and Crimson maintained a 111-75 lead even though Maglich won the event for OSU in 4:55.48. Colgin took second for IU in 4:59.17 and Torpey swam to third place in 4:59.66.
In the final diving break, Ohio State sophomore Julie Broms took the title with a zone-qualifying 315.23 total to move OSU to within 120-85. Weigle (274.95) and Cardinell (264.61) finished in second and third, respectively, for the Hoosiers.
"It is always a tough place to dive," Head Diving Coach Dr. Jeff Huber said. "We did a terrific job. It is probably one of our better finishes there in a long time. Cassie (Cardinell) did a good job after sitting out with foot surgery last semester."
Ohio State trimmed the margin to 126-98 in the 200-yard breaststroke when Rychvalsky claimed the crown in 2:21.12. Bradley took second for IU in 2:26.83, while OSU freshman Samantha Johnson placed third in 2:28.27.
Indiana held off the Buckeyes in the 200-yard freestyle relay to vanquish Ohio State, 130-111. OSU's team of Buelens, Maglich, senior Ashley Barnes and Lund came in first in 1:36.31, while IU's squad of Lofstedt, Bugden, Wentworth and Smith came in second in 1:36.37.
Next up, the Hoosiers travel to West Lafayette, Ind., on Jan. 22 for a Crimson and Gold Cup showdown with Purdue at 1 p.m.