Record-Breaking Summer for the Buckeyes

Sept. 16, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio--The Ohio State women's swimming and diving program broke 13 out of 17 possible long course records during an exciting summer season this year. Records fell continuously over a span of meets occurring from April to August, which only serves to heighten the anticipation for the Buckeye’s upcoming year. 

Rising junior Lindsay Clary got the summer rolling by putting up personal bests and new school records in the 1500m freestyle (16:35.01) and 400m individual medley (4:45.52), which she repeatedly broke each meet and eventually went on to establish a new record in the 800m free (8:39.13) and 200m IM(2:16.73). Buckeye breastroker Taylor Vargo recorded impressive drops in her 100m and 200m breaststroke races (1:09.17 and 2:28.44), which set new long course marks.

Not only did current swimmers rack up outstanding races this summer, but Ohio State graduates Michelle Williams, Alexandra Norris and Samantha Cheverton represented the Buckeyes well by setting new standards in three races. Williams established new bests in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle events (24.84 and 54.21) during her competition at the FINA World Championships and Canadian Trials. To note, Williams’ performance in the 100m free established a new Canadian Trials record as well. Norris and Cheverton competed on the record setting 800 freestyle relay team (8:09.84) at the Speedo Central Zone Sectional Championships along with current Buckeye swimmers Lindsay Clary and Kathleen Cook.  Another relay record fell at the same meet as Cheyenne Meek, Chantel Wynn, Annie Jongekrijg and Macie McNichols posted an Ohio State record in the 200m freestyle relay (1:43.82).

Aliena Smidtke took a step closer to making the German Olympic team this upcoming year, achieving a new personal best and school record in the 100m butterfly (59.05) while at the USA Swimming Nationals. To close the summer season, Zulal Zeren established a new best in the 200 meter backstroke at the FINA World Championships which set not only the Buckeye record, but the Turkish national record as well.

As the Buckeyes near the start of their collegiate season, their impressive summer surely ramps up excitement for the year to come.  The team returns many swimmers along with the addition of an impressive freshman class, which certainly bolsters for the Buckeye’s success.