IRVINE, Calif. – Members of the Ohio State swimming & diving team began competition at the elite USA Swimming Philips 66 National Championships on Wednesday, held at the William Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif. Molly Kowal placed in the Top 15 of the 800 Free and Andrew Loy claimed a Top 20 finish in the 100 Free, highlighting the opening day efforts from Ohio State.
Rising junior Molly Kowal garnered a 14th place finish in the 800 Free final, finishing first in the third heat with a time of 8:35.94. Kowal’s time was 9.77 seconds better than her personal best, putting her at the 44th best time in the world and just five seconds away from the Top 25.
Upcoming junior Andrew Loy posted a 100 Free time of 49.65, good for 19th in the final. Loy improved on his entry seed of 35th and his prelim place of 24th, shaving a half a second off his career-best.
Competition continues today with preliminaries beginning at 12 p.m.
Phillips 66 National Championships
William Woollett Aquatic Center – Irvine Calif.
Wednesday, July 25
Women 800 Free
14. Molly Kowal – 8:35.94 (final)
Men 200 Fly
45. Noah Lense – 2:01.56 (prelim)
62. Michael Salazar – 2:03.90 (prelim)
Men 100 Free
19. Andrew Loy – 49.65 (final)
35. Paul Delakis – 50.11 (prelim)