OSU Picks Up Two From In-State: Brooke Glesenkamp and Sarah Sperber


Brooke Glesenkamp is a sprint freestyler from Delaware, OH, who swims for the Delaware Ohio Racing Club. A senior at Rutherford B. Hayes High School, Glesenkamp last year touched 5th in the 50 free (23.55), 7th in the 100 free (51.55), and anchored both of Hayes’ scoring free relays (23.06/23.03p and 51.73/51.64p, respectively) at the Ohio HS Division 1 Championships.

photo c/o Brooke Glesenkamp

photo c/o Brooke Glesenkamp


  • 50 free – 23.38/27.49
  • 100 free – 51.44/1:00.34

Glesenkamp has dropped time in both sprint events each year she’s been in high school. Not confined to the pool, she also runs track for Hayes in the spring.


Sarah Sperber is a breaststroker/IM’er who trains with the Dayton Raiders. She is a senior at Beavercreek High School, though she doesn’t swim high school season.


  • 100 breast – 1:03.87/1:12.88
  • 200 breast – 2:17.96/2:38.32
  • 200 IM – 2:06.21/2:21.23


Glesenkamp is not far off of the 23.09 that it took to make the B1G C final last year, though she has some work to do to score in the 100. She’ll at the very least bulk up the OSU sprint group that is led by NCAA power Zhesi Li. Glesenkamp would have been the Buckeyes’ 7th-best 50 freestyler last season, and her best 100 time lands her just outside of last season’s top 10.

Meanwhile, Sperber will be a strong addition to the breaststroke group that loses Taylor Vargo and Amy Bopp after this season. Sperber would’ve been their #4 200 breaststroker and #5 100 breaststroker last season, while she’s a bit outside of B1G scoring range in those events. Additionally, Sperber has potential in the 200 IM, an event in which only one Buckeye scored last season.

Glesenkamp and Sperber join a quickly-growing class of 2021 for OSU. They’ll join the following:

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4 years ago

Actually, the OSU roster hasn’t been accurately updated. Amy Bopp quit the team, as did Cara Norris, and Kaitlyn Cerne. Alex Wittman transferred to FSU and she is still on the roster as well. They did take Christi DiPaolo off, another FSU transfer.

Reply to  allthatglittersisntgold
4 years ago

Why so many girls quitting the team this yr???

Reply to  SUNY Cal
4 years ago

It’s not just this year.

Concerned Citizen
Reply to  allthatglittersisntgold
4 years ago

18 girls have quit or transferred from the Ohio State women’s swim team in the last year and a half.

parent of highly recruited swimmer
Reply to  Concerned Citizen
4 years ago

Why are the girls leaving Ohio state??


See my screen name.


The coaches hold the team to a high standard of work ethic, attitude, and character. If a swimmer is not willing to put in the work to meet these goals, then OSU in not the right program for them. Every program is different and it’s about finding the best fit for each individual 🙂


It is not always even remotely about a kid “not being willing to put in the work to meet the goals”, but you are 100% correct about every program being different. However, unless your child attends or attended a certain school, you cannot talk with knowledge about the realities of being in that program, or the reasons why large numbers of kids quit the sport or leave the school. 🙂

Reply to  Allthatglittersisntgold
4 years ago

Allthatglitters: It appears as though you’re the parent of a swimmer who no longer swims at OSU. Is there a situation there that needs looking into?

Reply to  Allthatglittersisntgold
4 years ago

I happened to stumble across these comments and thought I’d share my perspective. I graduated from OSU five years ago. I can attest to “swim mom-daughter considered OSU” post. This sport is grueling and I witnessed that on a first hand account. Those who quit usually did so for personal reasons- nothing against the team, coaches, or program. Those who transferred simply did not mesh right with the program- which is fine. So yes, I talk with knowledge about the realities of being in this elite program. Yes, in terms of transfers and retirees, it has been an unusual past year for the buckeyes, but that just shows the reality of this sport. The bucks placed 14th at NCAA last… Read more »

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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