Original report was published on January 31st.
Ohio State’s Cameron Craig missed his third consecutive meet Friday evening when the Buckeyes visited Pittsburgh.
The junior last competed on January 4 when OSU battled Kentucky, and has now been absent for their dual with Michigan on January 18 and last weekend’s Shamrock Invitational at Notre Dame in addition to the dual at Pitt.
Update February 1st, 2020
OSU has issued the following statement regarding Craig’s recent absences:
“Cameron is working through some personal matters at this time and that is his focus right now. He has taken a leave of absence from swimming and he remains a valued member of our program. We love him and will continue to support him and we ask that you respect he and his family’s privacy at this time.”
Update #2 February 2nd, 2020
Craig was cited on January 16th, 2020 for 4 traffic offenses, including driving under the influence of alcohol. Franklin County Court Records list a charge under 45.11.19(A)(1)(A) & (D) of the Ohio Revised Code, which reads:
No person shall operate any vehicle, streetcar, or trackless trolley within this state, if, at the time of the operation, any of the following apply:
(a) The person is under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or a combination of them.
(d) The person has a concentration of eight-hundredths of one gram or more but less than seventeen-hundredths of one gram by weight of alcohol per two hundred ten liters of the person’s breath.
The legal limit to operate a motor vehicle in Ohio is .08. The record also includes citations of speeding (75 miles per hour in a 65 zone) and failure to drive in marked lanes. He was arraigned on January 22nd, where he was given an additional $100 fine for distracted driving.
Craig previously competed for Arizona State, completing his freshman and sophomore campaigns there in 2016-17 and 2017-18. As a Sun Devil, the Michigan native was the 2017 Pac-12 champion in the men’s 100 free and won back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018 in the 200 free.
He then took last season off before announcing he was joining the Buckeyes this past August.
This season the 21-year-old ranks 28th in the nation in both the 100 free (43.03) and 100 fly (46.57), and has also been 19.89 in the 50 free. In his last appearance versus Kentucky, Craig won both the 50 free (20.07) and 100 fly (48.39).
The Swimulator currently projects Ohio State to finish 4th at this year’s Big Ten Championship meet based on season-best times, behind Michigan, Indiana, and Iowa. Those projections exclude diving.