Indiana High School State Champion Matthew Klinge Commits To Ohio State For 2024

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Matthew Klinge has announced his commitment to continue his academic and athletic careers at Ohio State beginning in the 2024-2025 school year.

Klinge was ranked in SwimSwam’s “Best of the Rest” as a sophomore but fell just out of the ranks at the end of his junior year. Primarily a sprinter, Klinge competed for Boilermaker Aquatics out of West Lafayette, Indiana. His dad is the head coach of the Purdue women.

Most recently, Klinge competed at Indianapolis Sectionals at the end of March. There he swam numerous LCM best times. He swam a 52.47 in the 100 freestyle and a 1:00.21 in the 100 backstroke. His highest finish was in the 100 fly as he was 7th in a 55.68.

In February, he competed for Harrison William Henry High School at the Indiana High School State Championships. There he won the state title in the 50 free (19.45) and 100 fly (47.67). His 50 free time was a personal best.

Klinge’s best SCY times are:

  • 50 free: 19.45
  • 100 free: 44.11
  • 100 fly: 47.29
  • 100 back: 49.19

Klinge will travel east to arrive in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio State men finished 2nd at the 2024 Big Ten Championships only behind Indiana.

Based on his best times, Klinge already has the potential to make a huge impact for Ohio State. His best time in the 50 free would have finished t-6th with Ohio State’s own Daniel Baltes at Big Tens. In addition, his 100 free and 100 fly would have made the ‘C’ final.

Klinge arrives at a great time for the Buckeyes. He will overlap for one year with Baltes who enters his senior season. The team graduates Ruslan Gaziev, their top 50 freestyler, and Mario McDonald who was their 4th fastest 50 freestyler.

Klinge will arrive on campus this fall along with Jordi Vilchez, Reid Caswell, Brody Marcet, Krys Gorski, and Luke Vickers as a member of the class of 2028.

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YGBSM
12 days ago

Ray Looze: “Hold my beer!”

Zeph
12 days ago

Seen this guy swim- real UW demon

Shaddy419
12 days ago

Isn’t his dad John Klinge, head coach of the Purdue women?

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Reply to  Shaddy419
12 days ago

According to his profile, John does have a son named Matthew and Boilermaker Aquatics would be the home squad. Good catch! John did coach at OSU and perhaps the boy wants some change. Plus, OSU is a pretty solid program so you can’t blame the choice.

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Anya has been with SwimSwam since June 2021 as both a writer and social media coordinator. She was in attendance at the 2022 and 2023 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Economics and a minor in Government & Law at …

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