1:34.8/42.5/19.3 freestyler Ruslan Gaziev will return to the active roster for the Ohio State Buckeyes this season after an Olympic gap year.
The school confirmed this week that Gaziev will return to Columbus to take classes and compete for the Buckeyes in the coming NCAA season. Gaziev was an impact swimmer for Ohio State as a freshman in 2019, qualifying for NCAAs and splitting 18.9 on the team’s 200 free relay. He was a three-event Big Ten finalist that year, swimming the 50, 100 and 200 frees.
Gaziev should have three years of collegiate eligibility remaining. He’s one of Canada’s top sprinters and should still be in the mix for an Olympic bid, with the Tokyo Olympics now postponed until the summer of 2021.
GAZIEV’S TOP TIMES
- 50y free: 19.34
- 100y free: 42.51
- 200y free: 1:34.83
- 50m free: 22.46
- 100m free: 49.56
- 200m free: 1:49.33
His return comes at a great time for the Buckeyes, who just graduated star sprinters Andrew Loy and Matthew Abeysinghe. Ohio State still has do-everything star Paul DeLakis, and also brings in our #7-ranked recruiting class nationally, headed by West Virginia transfer Hunter Armstrong.
Armstrong (career-bests of 19.7/42.7/1:35.8 in free) and Gaziev should both be sophomores this year, eligibility-wise, and will help cover for Loy’s and Abeysinghe’s absences on the freestyle relays.