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.