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Gwen Woodbury, a two-time Michigan high school state champion individually, has verbally committed to Ohio State University. Woodbury was the 2017 Michigan Division III (small schools) champion in the 100 and 200 yard freestyles as a freshman, though last season junior Sophie Housey beat her out in both events. The 2019 championship will take place next weekend at Oakland University.
So excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at The Ohio State University! The beautiful campus, the team dynamic and all that the university has to offer made me feel right at home. Thankful for my friends, family and coaches that have supported me through the years. Go bucks!!!
Woodbury attends Cranbrook Kingswood High School and does her club training with Motor City Aquatics. While her high school focus has been on the 100 and 200 yard freestyles, which are her two bests events, she has shown a lot of versatility across distances and strokes, even with most of her best times in other events coming at in-season invites.
Best Times in Yards:
- 50 free – 23.84
- 100 free – 51.25
- 200 free – 1:49.68
- 500 free – 5:00.21
- 1650 free – 17:28.61
- 100 back – 58.96
- 200 back – 2:07.59
- 100 fly – 56.65
- 200 fly – 2:05.88
- 200 IM – 2:07.92
- 400 IM – 4:29.01
Woodbury, when she verbally committed in late October, was the Buckeyes’ first commitment in the high school class of 2021. She has since been joined in the class by Paige Hall from Virginia, who is also a very good 100 and 200 freestyler, along with a 55-second backstroker.
Ohio State, en route to a 3rd-place finish at last year’s Big Ten Championships, did well in the short freestyles. The 50, 100, and 200 frees represented 3 of their 4 best-scoring events, behind only the 400 IM. While Ohio State returns most of their big names for the 2019-2020 season, the next 2 years will see them lose a ton of points to graduations, so this 2021 class is crucial to the team sustaining that success.
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