3x Summer Jrs Champ and OT Qualifier Hunter Armstrong Transfers to Ohio State

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Dover, Ohio-native Hunter Armstrong (Joseph Armstrong in SWIMS database) has announced his plans to leave West Virginia University after one year and transfer to The Ohio State University. Armstrong will have three years of eligibility left with the Buckeyes.

“I am excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Ohio State University. I have full faith in Coach Dorenkott and his absolutely amazing staff. I think I finally found my home.”

Armstrong graduated from Dover High School in 2019 and went to West Virginia, where his older brother Jake Armstrong, a two-time Big 12 Champion and NCAA All-American Honorable Mention in the 100 breast, had spent his collegiate career. Their parents were both student-athletes (father played football; mother, basketball) at Ferrum College in Virginia.

At the time of his commitment, Armstrong was still a somewhat recent convert to full-time swimming and was dropping tons of time right and left. Swimming with Canton City Schools, he capped off the 2019 long course season with three individual titles at Summer Junior Nationals: 50 free (22.57 – Olympic Trials cut), 100 free (49.80 – Olympic Trials cut), and 100 back (54.97 – Olympic Trials cut and Meet Record). Now, the 6’6” Armstrong is a member of the 2019-20 USA Swimming National Junior Team and finished last year with FINA 18U World Rankings of 8 in the 50 free and 50 back, 13 in the 100 back, and 14 in the 100 free. As a freshman at West Virginia, he placed 3rd in the 100 back (46.22) and 4th in the 50 free (19.78) and 100 free (42.91) at 2020 Big 12 Championships.

Updating his LCM times progression, his PBs include:

LCM EVENT PB 2017 PB 2018 PB 2019
50 free 25.89 23.69 22.57
100 free 57.59 52.28 49.74
200 free 2:12.63 2:00.91 1:53.26
50 back 27.11 26.76 25.51
100 back 1:06.17 57.83 54.74
200 back 2:26.46 2:11.86 2:03.60

Comparison of SCY PBs, October 2018 vs today:

SCY EVENT PB 2018 PB 2019-20
50 free 21.07 19.75
100 free 47.15 42.78
200 free 1:35.80
50 back 24.36 22.60
100 back 51.32 46.22
200 back 1:48.22

The Buckeyes were runners-up to Michigan at the 2020 B1G Men’s Championships. Armstrong’s best times would have scored in the A finals of the 100 free and 100 back and the B final of the 50 free. He will overlap with Sem Andreis, Colin McDermott, Jonah Cooper, Thomas Watkins, and Robert Kondalski.

He will suit up with incoming freshmen Brandon Day, Charlie Clark, Ian Van Gorp, Jack Herczeg, Jean-Pierre Khouzam, Jonathan Edwards, Justin Fleagle, Mario McDonald, Nathan Holty, Owen Conley, and Pete Krusinski in the fall of 2020.

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joe

Will he not have to sit out 2020-21?

thezwimmer

In swimming, in-conference transfers are the only ones who have to sit out a year

MSwims

O-H

Kel

I-O

Bruh

That’s a B1g recruiting class

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