Taylor Vargo goes 1:09.1 in 100 breast at Columbus Sectionals Friday

Ohio State Buckeye Taylor Vargo continued to light it up at the Columbus Sectional Friday night, putting up yet another big lifetime-best in a breaststroke race.

After breaking 2:30 for the first time in the 200 Thursday, Vargo crushed a 1:09.17 to win the 100 breast Saturday and make her first foray under 1:10. Vargo’s previous best was 1:11.24, done last month.

It was a great night for the Ohio State Swim Club, which has been ruling this Sectional so far. The Buckeye women went 1-2-3 in the 400 free, with Canadian Samantha Cheverton topping last night’s 400 IM winner Lindsey Clary 4:12.40 to 4:13.75. Alexandra Norris was third for OSU.

A great 100 breast race on the men’s side saw Ohio State’s Jack Barone beat out former Big Ten champ Elliott Keefer. Keefer, who has only competed a few times since making finals of the 200 breast at the 2012 Olympic Trials, was 1:03.59, with Barone winning in 1:03.36.

Southern Michigan Aquatic Club’s Cameron Craig blasted a new lifetime-best to win the 100 back, going 55.86. That’s over a second better than his best time heading into the meet.

Other individual winners:

  • 18-year-old Madison Wright of Kingfish Aquatic Club of Waterford won the women’s 200 fly, going 2:14.24 and just sneaking under the Olympic Trial cut.
  • The men’s event went to Ohio State’s Gregory Nymberg, who went 2:00.98.
  • Ohio State swept the 400 free wins, with Cheverton taking the women’s race and Joseph Long going 3:58.80 for the men’s win.
  • Camey Rabold picked up her second win of the weekend, going 1:02.37 to win the 100 back. Rabold has now swept the backstroke events for the meet.

Full results available on Meet Mobile.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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