One day after Lindsey Clary won a national title in the 500 freestyle, former Buckeye Aliena Schmidtke won a championship in the 100 butterfly. Her time of 51.87 outpaced the rest of the field to give her gold.
Schmidtke actually trailed after the first 50 yards, albeit by just .01 seconds, but she pulled ahead of Claire Donahue to secure her championship.
Last competing as a Buckeye in 2014-15, she made two NCAA Championships appearances and she also made a trip while a member of the New Mexico State swimming program, becoming the second swimmer ever from that university to earn a spot at NCAA’s. She also held the 100 fly record before Liz Li broke it last season.
Several current Ohio State swimmers competed on Friday as well. Clary (4:06.10) and Meg Bailey (4:08.29) both did exceptionally well in the 400 IM and finished second and third, respectively, after coming out of prelims in the same spots. This is the second top-three finish for both swimmers at nationals this week.
Saturday will be the final day of competition. Live results and a psyche sheet are linked at the top of this release.