COLUMBUS, Ohio, November 9. SENIOR Kelly Ann Baird recorded wins in the 100 and 200 free to lead the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team to a convincing win over in-state rival Ohio this afternoon, 193-106.
Ohio State Press Release
The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team (7-1) returned to The Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on Saturday afternoon in a meet against in-state foe Ohio, defeating the Bobcats 193-106.
“Our girls have done a really nice job this season reaching out to the freshman, as well as encouraging and challenging them. It has been a seamless transition,” said head coach Bill Dorenkott. “Coming off of a great fall training, we’re now looking forward to our invitational here in two weeks.”
Ohio State set the tone of the meet with a solid first-place finish in the 400 medley relay from the team of Lauren Davis, Taylor Vargo, Aliena Schmidtke, and Alex Norris with a time of 3:50.73.
The Buckeyes answered this victory with another win. This time, sophomore Erin Dunseith scored her first points of the day when she touched the wall first in the 1000 freestyle in 10:14.27 to set a personal best.
Ohio State swept the podium in the 200 freestyle, led by senior Kelly Ann Baird (1:50.80) followed by Camey Rabold, Schmidtke, Lindsey Clary and Kaitlyn Ferrara. Another senior, Michelle Williams, continued her successful season with a top finish in the 50 backstroke with a time of 26.37.
Annie Jongekrijg, a native of Lake Orion, Mich., snagged a first place position in the 50 freestyle just before a brief break in competition with a time of 24.04, followed by senior Phoebe Cater and Ashley Vance, respectively.
As for the diving team, the Scarlet and Gray outscored Ohio 14-5, lead by junior Taylor Ford, who dominated the 3-meter with a total score of 304.80. She also scored a 265.88 in the 1-meter diving to gain a total of 13 points for the Buckeyes.
Baird resumed the contest when she swam for her second victory of the day in the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.39. This success was followed by an exciting finish in the 100 backstroke, when Williams tied for first at 56.38.
Next, it was the freshman duo of Amy Bopp and Clary who prevailed in the next two events. Bopp triumphed in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.54 and Clary in the 500 freestyle in 4:58.17.
In the 100 individual medley, Vance registered a first-place showing with a time of 58.15. The resilient team of Williams, Cater, Jongekrijg and Schmidtke conquered yet again in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:34.18 to close out the meet.
The Buckeyes return to action the weekend of Nov. 22-24 as they host the Ohio State Invitational at The Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Participating teams include Florida, Kentucky, Purdue and Virginia.