Columbus, Ohio – For the second time in as many weeks, a swimmer from the Ohio State swimming program has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week. Freya Rayner, a member of the women’s team, earned the honor this week, the Big Ten office announced Wednesday afternoon.
Rayner won a total of three races at last Friday’s triangular meet against Akron and Denison. She won her only individual race of the meet in fine fashion matching her season best in the 50 freestyle with a readout of 22.87 for gold. The clocking of 22.87 is the third fastest time in the Big Ten this year and it is the fastest by a freshman.
She opened up the meet at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion as the third leg of Ohio State’s 200 medley relay team that claimed gold with the fourth-fastest time in the Big Ten this season (1:40.48). Swimming the butterfly portion of the relay, Rayner threw down a 24.23 split to maintain the Buckeyes’ lead.
Rayner returned as the anchor of the women’s 400 freestyle relay to close out the meet. Diving into the pool with the lead, the speedster left no doubt and swam to the finish line with a split of 49.88, the only sub-50 split of the race, to register the first-place for the relay of Macie McNichols, Maria Coy, Kristen Romano and herself with a team time of 3:22.33.
In addition to her three wins, Rayner also collected a third-place finish in the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.39. Rayner’s career in the Scarlet and Gray is off to a hot start having won seven of the first eight races she has swam in.