Columbus, Ohio – Three student-athletes from the Ohio State swimming and diving program have been named Big Ten Athletes of the Week. Meg Bailey (swimming), Camryn McPherson (freshman) and Michael Salazar (swimming) earned the accolades after last weekend’s triangular meet against Kentucky and Toledo.
Bailey picked up two individual wins over the weekend in Lexington, Ky., in the 200 butterfly and 400 individual medley. She was dominant in both races, clocking times of 1:58.37 in the butterfly and 4:14.85 in the individual medley, to finish more than two and a half seconds ahead of the next closest competitor in each event. The senior from Australia all claimed a silver in the 200 individual medley with a readout of 2:00.72.
McPherson was brilliant on the one-meter and three-meter diving boards in Kentucky. The freshman of the week scored a total of 305.60 on the one-meter board to get the meet started with a win; her score of 305.60 was 13.40 points better than the runner-up tally. She then returned shortly after to the three-meter and scored a 302.00 for her second gold of the meet. McPherson has won three diving titles during her freshman campaign.
Salazar specialized in the butterfly over the weekend and placed first and second in his only two individual races. The California native collected his second 100 butterfly gold of the season when he clocked a time of 47.62 to edge the rest of the field; he was the only swimmer to go sub-48 seconds. In the 200 butterfly, Salazar registered a time of 1:48.82 to come in second place.