Eau Claire, Wisconsin’s Paul DeLakis has committed to swim for The Ohio State University beginning with the 2017-2018 season.
“I chose Ohio State because of the caring coaching staff, the close team, and the academics at Ohio State were the best throughout all the schools I was considering.
“Ohio State stood out to me for many reasons: one of them was how the coaches and team really emphasized the education aspect of being a student-athlete. The opportunities for me at OSU are incomparable. Since I want to be an optometrist like my dad, I can volunteer my time at the Optometry school on campus.
“I have friends that attend OSU from Wisconsin, and they have improved their times, so I believe I can get stronger in my coaching and training. It’s nice knowing I’ll be staying in the Big 10 knowing that it is a very competitive conference and I know I will improve because of it!
DeLakis is a well-rounded IMer, who holds Wisconsin high school records in the 200 free and 200 IM. At the 2016 WIAA Boys Division 1 State Meet, DeLakis won the 200 free, setting the state mark with 1:36.10, and the 100 breast. In the latter event, he missed the record, which belongs to Alex DeLakis, by .25. Paul also anchored Memorial’s 200 free relay (20.10) and 400 free relay (43.43).
DeLakis also swims for the Eau Claire YMCA. His best times include:
DeLakis will add welcomed firepower to the Buckeyes, who finished in third place, only 11.5 points behind Indiana, at 2016 B1G Championships. His 400 IM time would have been right on the A final/B final bubble, his 200 IM on the B/C bubble, his 200 free and 200 breast squarely in B finals, and his 100 breast in the C final.
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