Ohio State Wins First Women’s Big Ten Conference Title in 34 Years



  1. Ohio State – 1503.5
  2. Michigan – 1306.5
  3. Indiana – 964
  4. Northwestern – 907.5
  5. Wisconsin – 734
  6. Minnesota – 617
  7. Purdue – 602
  8. Penn State – 517.5
  9. Iowa – 430
  10. Nebraska – 385
  11. Rutgers – 291
  12. Michigan State – 203
  13. Illinois – 193

The Ohio State Buckeyes earned their first Women’s Big Ten Conference title in 34 years this weekend. After finishing 3rd last year, Ohio State outperformed defending champion Indiana, and 2016-2018 champion Michigan, winning by a margin of by 197 points. They scored 1,162.5 points for 3rd last year, marking a 341 point increase over last year. The last time Ohio State won the women’s Big ten meet was in 1986, which capped off 5 straight victories from 1982-1986. At that time, Nebraska, Penn State, and Rutgers were not members of the Big ten conference.

Under head coach Bill Dorenkott, the Buckeyes posted dominant performances in the number of events over the course of the meet. One such event was the 100 freestyle on day 4, where Ohio State managed to outperform their seeding, and advance 5 swimmers the the A final. They ended up finishing 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th in finals, racking up 122 points on that race alone. Ohio State also put on a show in the mile, where Molly Kowal led a 1-6-9-10-14 finish. All 5 of the Buckeyes who swam the mile finished in the top 16. Ohio State also scored the most points as a team in the 500 free, 200 IM, 400 IM, 1 meter diving, and 3 meter diving.

It was the 400 IM, which has historically been a great event for Ohio State, where the Buckeyes scored the most points. They finished 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 12th, 15th, and 17th in the 400 IM for a total of 126 points, which is just under 10% of their total points.

Ohio State took 4 event titles:

Ohio State now has a few weeks to prepare for the NCAA Championships, where they came in 25th with 43 points last year. If the Buckeyes can build on their momentum from this Big Ten title, they should be able to significantly outscore what they did last year.

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OG Swimmer
2 years ago

What an about turn for Ohio State. A few weeks ago I was reading on the Pitt Panther’s website how they totally dominated OSU in a non scored dual meet. Great job Bill and John, what happened to the Panthers.

Reply to  OG Swimmer
2 years ago

I think the
Buckeyes left all their whole Big Ten team home to train when they traveled to Pittsburgh.

OG Swimmer
Reply to  Mike
2 years ago

You mean Pittsburgh did FAKE NEWS on reporting how they dominated Ohio State. Wonder if AD Heather knows that Pittsburgh swam the JV Team.

2 years ago


Go Bucks
Reply to  MMswims
2 years ago


Lane 8
2 years ago

Congrats Bucks! Well deserved. Definitely a very deep team, can totally swim awesome at conference. However I feel like they won’t be as good at NCAA’s where star power matters too.

B1G fan
Reply to  Lane 8
2 years ago

O-H-I-O is building some stars

2 years ago

What a performance, top to bottom.