Buckeye Michelle Williams Goes Gold at 2015 Toronto Pan American Games
It was a big night at the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games for Ohio State women’s swimming and diving. Buckeye alum Michelle Williams was part of a headline earning performance in the 4x100 freestyle relay, leading Team Canada to gold.
Facing a fierce American contingent of Natalie Coughlin, Madison Kennedy, Allison Schmitt and Amanda Weir, Williams and her teammates Sandrine Mainville, Katerine Savard and Chantal Van Landeghem were more than up for the challenge. Team Canada posted a first-place time of 3:36.80, which was not only a Pan Am Games record, but also a Canadian national record.
The premier international event is essentially a home meet for Williams, who is a native of North York, a suburb of Toronto. Swimming on the second leg of the relay, she handed off a lead to the third swimmer in the event final, registering a split of 54.4.
Going gold in the 4x100 freestyle relay wasn’t the only accomplishment so far for Williams at the Pan Am Games. She also placed fourth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 54.55.
The Ohio State women’s swimming program has a longstanding tradition of preparing athletes to compete with the Canadian international team. A Buckeye swimmer has represented Team Canada at every international event the past six years, including Pan Pac’s, Commonwealth Games, Pan Am’s and the Olympic Games.
The 2015 Toronto Pan American Games will continue through July 26th. Williams is scheduled to compliment her 100 freestyle and 4x100 freestyle relay lineup with the 50 freestyle event.