Buckeyes Conclude USA Swimming Speedo Sectionals in Style

Lindsey Clary
Lindsey Clary
July 26, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2015 USA Swimming Speedo Sectional Meet, hosted by the Ohio State Swim Club (OSSC), concluded Saturday with the Ohio State women’s swimming team again putting forth an impressive effort. Overall, the Buckeyes won 16 of 19 events contested with 16 different individuals under U.S. Olympic Trial time standards. The OSSC won the Sectional title with 2651.5 points, outdistancing the Cincinnati Marlins (1016) and Club Wolverine (965.5).

On the final day of competition, Buckeye standout Lindsey Clary broke an Ohio State long course record in the 200 individual medley, claiming first in a time of 2:16.73. The previous record was registered by Buckeye All-American and recent graduate Ashley Vance. Ohio State swept the Top 3 spots in the event, with rising sophomore Meg Bailey earning second and incoming freshman Kerrigan Vargo taking third.

Just 20 minutes after her victory in the 200 individual medley, Clary followed it up with a dominant performance in the 1500 freestyle. With a time of 16:35.01, Clary distanced herself from the competition by more than 35 seconds. The time also ranks her Top 8 in the United States and Top 50 in the world. 

The 100 freestyle finished with the OSSC taking five of the Top 10 spots. Buckeye Macie McNichols led the way with a 56.85 for third. 

Of the 16 event titles won by the Buckeyes, 11 were Sectional records – 800 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, 800 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 400 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay and 1500 freestyle. Ohio State long course records were achieved in the 800 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, 400 individual medley, 100 breaststroke, 200 individual medley and 1500 freestyle. U.S. Olympic Trail time standards were set 25 times by Buckeyes in 11 different events throughout the meet. 

Ohio State currently has 17 swimmers pursing their Olympic dreams of Rio 2016, spanning the following nations: America (12), Canada (1), Germany (1), China (1), Turkey (1) and Australia (1). The group is comprised of 14 undergrads and three post-grads. 

Also to note, this week Buckeyes Zulal Zeren and Michelle Williams head to Kazan, Russia to represent their countries at the FINA World Championships. Zeren will compete for Turkey, while Williams is on Team Canada.