OSU’s Steffen Hillmer Invited to Men’s NCAAs on Last Minute Scratch

According to a coach from Ohio State, due to an unknown scratch, Buckeye junior Steffen Hillmer has been invited to the 2016 Men’s NCAA Championships. OSU’s twitter also made a similar statement, as seen below:

Hillmer, a freestyler, was on the bubble in the 200 free with his time of 1:34.70. Now that he’s in, his time ties him for the 30th seed with NC State freshman Justin Ress. He also boasts season bests of 43.89 in the 100 free and 4:20.83 in the 500 free– both are under their respective NCAA ‘B’ cuts, so he can swim these at NCAAs if he so chooses. He’d be 47th in the 500 free and 55th in the 100 free with his times now.

OSU already has five swimmers invited individually: Ching LimMatt McHughDJ MacDonaldBrayden Seal, and Dustin Tynes. Tynes was invited a couple weeks ago off of the alternate list.

With Hillmer’s addition to the field, the total number of swimmers invited to NCAA’s off of the alternate list due to scratches is now five.

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About Karl Ortegon

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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