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Breaststroker Karl Helmuth, a junior at Hoover High School in North Canton, Ohio, has verbally committed to Ohio State. He’s scheduled to join the Buckeyes’ incoming class in the fall of 2021.
I am incredibly excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic careers at The Ohio State University! I would like to thank God, my coaches, my teammates, my friends, my family, and most importantly my parents for being by my side through this process and helping me to get to this point in life. Go Buckeyes!
Helmuth qualified 3rd into finals of the 100 breaststroke at the 2020 Ohio High School State Championship meet, but was banned from racing finals after he posted on social media disputing a disqualification of his team’s 200 medley relay.
A year earlier, as a sophomore, Helmuth finished 4th in the 100 breaststroke at the Ohio State meet.
An equally-accomplished long course swimmer, Helmuth is a Summer Juniors and Winter U.S. Open qualifier. At Juniors in 2019, he finished 19th overall in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.66) and 12th overall in the 200 breaststroke (2:18.42). His 100 breast time is just .37 seconds short of the Olympic Trials standard, while his 200 breast time is about half-a-second shy.
Best Times in Yards:
- 50 free – 20.80
- 100 free – 46.04
- 200 free – 1:46.36
- 100 breast – 55.77
- 200 breast – 2:02.56
- 200 IM – 1:52.03
- 400 IM – 4:08.07
Helmuth will join an Ohio State team that placed 2nd at last year’s Big Ten Championship meet behind arch-rivals Michigan. A strong performance by their breaststroke group saw them score 75 points in the 100 and 67 in the 200 – second only to Michigan in those events. A pair of sophomores, Jason Matthews and Hudson Daniels, placed in the A final of the 100 breaststroke at that meet, and they’ll be seniors when Helmuth arrives.
Helmuth is the 2nd announced commitment for the Buckeyes in the class of 2021, joining fellow Ohio native Luxe Paxton, who is a 48-second 100 butterflier. This small class (so far) follows a big class of at least 12 that are scheduled to arrive in 2020 for the Buckeyes.
In addition to swimming, Helmuth is an accomplished musician. His mom, Amy Glick, played violin in the Akron Symphony Orchestra, and Karl recently served as the current concertmaster of the Canton Youth Symphony.
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