Ohio State Dominates Again At Columbus Sectionals

Photo Courtesy: Ohio State Swim Club

Day three of the 2015 Speedo Sectionals in Columbus, Ohio has followed a similar storyline to the previous two nights: a handful of Olympic Trial cuts and domination by the Ohio State Buckeye swimmers. OSU’s swimmers have been riding waves in their home pool to a bevy of best times, wins, and Trial cuts. Tonight was no different.

Ohio State’s Camey Rabold opened up the night with a 1:02.37 win in the women’s 100-meter back. Taylor Garcia placed second in 1:03.29, while Alexis Mitcheltree fell to third with a 1:03.39.

Buckeye Andrew Appleby topped the men’s 100-meter back with a 55.78. He finished ahead of Cameron Craig, who touched to a 56.33. Appleby’s teammate Matt McHugh wound up third in 56.60.

Samantha Cheverton gutted out a win over Lindsey Clary in the women’s 400-meter free. Cheverton, a former Ohio State swimmer, swam a 4:12.40 to beat the current Buckeye’s 4:13.75. Alexandra Norris rounded out the top three with a 4:14.04.

Joseph Long just missed the Olympic Trial cut at finals with his 3:58.80 victory in the men’s 400-meter free. Jackson Higgins took second in 3:59.35, while Eric Knowles ended up third in 4:04.11.

Taylor Vargo added another breaststroke win to her Sectionals résumé this evening. After winning the 200-meter breast on Wednesday, the Ohio State swimmer notched a 1:09.17 in the 100-meter breast en route to a victory. Tori Bagan took second in 1:10.22, while Amy Bopp made the podium with a 1:10.78.

Jack Barone led a tight top three in the men’s 100-meter breast with his 1:03.36. Ohio State alum Elliott Keefer fell to second in 1:03.59, and Dmitry Dolgov wound up third in 1:03.59.

Madison Wright from Kingfish Aquatic Club blasted a 2:14.24 to win the women’s 200-meter fly and achieve an Olympic Trials qualifying time. Amanda McNulty, who also notched the trial cut, finished second in 2:14.90. Cara Norris fell to third with a 2:16.55.

Gregory Nymberg took the men’s 200-meter fly in convincing fashion with a 2:00.98 win. Spencer Carl silvered with a 2:03.12, while the University of Cincinnati’s Ryan DePietro took third in 2:04.47.

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