Preview: Stanford Women Highlight 2018 Ohio State Invitational

2018 Ohio State Invitational

We saw some incredibly fast swimming last weekend at the ACC vs Big Ten College Challenge in West Lafayette, and it will continue this weekend as the first set of mid-season invites will go off.

The Ohio State Invite will be missing last year’s men’s winner in NC State, who will be at the IU Invitational, but will get back the 2016 women’s champs (and two-time defending NCAA champs) in Stanford, who competed at the Art Adamson Invite in 2017.

In addition to the Stanford women, the meet will include hosts Ohio State, Kentucky (whose women won the meet last year), and West Virginia. Check out all teams competing below:


  • Ohio State (M/W)
  • Kentucky (M/W)
  • Kenyon (M/W)
  • Notre Dame (M/W)
  • Pittsburgh (M/W)
  • West Virginia (M/W)
  • Yale (M/W)
  • Stanford (W)
  • Ohio (W)


The Stanford women’s team has yet to rest for a meet so far this season, and while we obviously don’t expect a full taper, they should be fast. None of their swimmers have hit a time this year that would’ve qualified for last year’s NCAAs (32 women have done so), and we certainly won’t be able to say the same thing next week.

Taylor Ruck will be making her invitational debut here, along with the rest of Stanford’s stacked freshman class. What Ruck’s event lineup would be come championship season was a big question coming into this year, and she really hasn’t made things any clearer this weekend with six individual entries. The two-time Olympic medalist is set to compete in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 freestyle, and the 100 and 200 backstroke (her 500 entry is listed as exhibition).

Other Cardinal freshman in action include breaststroker Zoe Bartel, freestyler Morgan Tankersley, sprinter Anya Goeders, and the well rounded Amalie Fackenthal and Lucie Nordmann.

In terms of their veterans, Ella Eastin will swim the three events in which she is the defending NCAA champion (200 fly, 200/400 IM), along with the 200 back, Katie Drabot will take on the 100/200 fly and 200/500 free, and Brooke Forde will swim five events: 500 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and the 200/400 IM. Others to keep an eye on include Allie Szekely, Grace ZhaoMegan Byrnes and Erin Voss.


Notre Dame sophomore Zach Yeadon is one of a number of swimmers (many of them at the IU Invite) swimming in back-to-back multi-day meets shortly after swimming the ACC/Big Ten College Challenge last weekend. He had a very impressive performance there, putting up the #2 time in the nation in both the 500 (4:13.68) and 1000 freestyle (8:51.97). Both swims were within a second of his personal best (4:12.74, 8:51.16), and his 500 performance made him one of just eleven men to hit a time that would’ve qualified for last season’s NCAA Championships.

In Columbus he’ll swim the 500 once again, along with the 1650 and the 400 IM. He also holds the 3rd-fastest time in the country in the mile, having been 15:17.10 at Notre Dame’s meet against Georgia Tech. The NCAA-leading time so far this year is a 15:08.35 from Louisville’s Marcelo Acosta.


Leading the charge for the Kentucky women will be the backstroking trio of Asia SeidtBridgette Alexander and Ali Galyer, who all scored in the 200 at NCAAs last year. Seidt, who was 2nd in that event, also scored in the 200 IM (7th) and 100 back (9th). Also highlighting their team will be sophomore breaststroker Bailey Bonnett, who comes in seeded 2nd and 3rd overall in the 100 and 200 respectively.

Others expected to make an impact include Ohio State’s Kristen Romano and Molly Kowal, and Notre Dame’s Abbie Dolan. All three are coming off very solid showings at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The field also includes Meg Bailey and Aliena Schmidtke, who are swimming unattached. Both are OSU post-grads, with Bailey finishing up her senior year in February with a 7th place finish in the 400 IM at NCAAs.

Men to keep an eye on include Ruslan Gaziev and Nick Hogsed of Ohio State, Marci Barta and Jack Montesi of Notre Dame, and Samy Helmbacher of Pittsburgh. All five of them are coming off the ACC/Big Ten College Challenge as well. Another swimmer on the radar is WVU freshman David Dixon, who produced a very impressive 1:43.8 200 fly in October.

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3 years ago

Here come the Irish!!

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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