Ben Neff of the Ohio State Swim Club and Lancaster High School in Columbus, Ohio has committed to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio: about 2-and-a-half hours west.
Neff was mostly a backstroker through middle school, including a 1:53.74 in the 200 yard back in 2015 that ranked him among the top 30 American 14-year olds that season (and he was even better in long course, ranking 23rd in 1:01.22 in the 100 back and 25th in the 200 back at 2:12.47).
As of late, though, he’s been more focused on the short freestyles, and in 2018 really started to pop in the 200 IM as well.
Best Times in Yards:
- 50 free – 21.54
- 100 free – 46.13
- 200 free – 1:41.35
- 500 free – 4:45.26
- 100 back – 53.41
- 200 back – 1:53.74
- 100 fly – 52.20
- 200 IM – 1:55.72
As compared to Miami’s current season-best times, Neff would be very close to a spot on both the 400 free relay (.01 seconds behind the team’s current #4) and 800 free relay (5th on the team).
Neff is a week away from the start of his final high school championship season, starting with Sectionals the first weekend of February.