June 14, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Lindsey Clary, a rising sophomore on the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team, has earned a spot on the USA Swimming Junior Pan Pac Team as a result of her performance on Friday at the 2014 Open Water National Championships.
Clary finished 13th out of 47 and was the fourth 18-and-under finisher. It was only her second-ever open water race. Her time was 2:01.35.
Clary now moves on to compete in the 10K at the Pan Pac’s in Maui, Hawaii in August. It is the second consecutive summer that she has competed on the national level – last May at the Open Water National Championships, she was named to the U.S. Junior National Team thanks to an 11th place showing (2:04.51).
“Lindsey was a bit disappointed as her goal was to finish top six and make the USA National Team,” said head coach Bill Dorenkott. “That being said, I am very proud of her as it was a stacked field. Additionally, with this being only her second open water experience I think it bodes well for the future. She was in the lead pack of six over half way through the race, fed well but took a couple of bad lines the last two laps. It will be good to race the distance again in Maui. She can be a contender in 2016 and 2020.”
Clary had a strong rookie campaign last winter for the Buckeyes. She was an NCAA qualifier in three events (400 individual medley, 500 freestyle and 1650 freestyle) and had top-five fastest times in five events, including a team-best of 16:17.14 in the 1650 free for sixth place at the Big Ten Championships.
Yesterday’s race took place at Castaic Lake, Calif., which is one hour north of Los Angeles. Clary grew up in Riverside, an hour south of LA. Her grandparents, brother, friends, former teammates and coaches were here to cheer her on. In the lead up to this event, Clary was able to train on swimming and diving alum Steve Skilken’s man-made lake at his home. Clary is the younger sister of Olympic Champion Tyler Clary.
The 2014 10K Open Water National Championships serve as the U.S. Trials for the Open Water Pan Pacific Championships Team, the Open Water Junior Pan Pacific Championships Team, the FINA World Junior Open Water Championships Team, the USA Swimming Open Water National Team, and the USA Swimming Open Water National Junior Team.