COLUMBUS, Ohio –Ohio State junior Elliott Keefer broke the school long course – meters – record in the 200 breaststroke twice Friday at the McCorkle Grand Prix.
The 2010 Big Ten champion in the 100-yard breaststroke, Keefer broke his own long-course mark by winning the preliminaries in 2:14.08. He trailed the 2008 Olympian Eric Shanteau for the first 150-meters of the race but passed him in the final 50 meters.
Shanteau came back to win the final with a blistering 2:10.84 with Keefer taking second with another new school-record time of 2:13.90.
Keefer did beat Indiana’s Aaron Opell, who out-touched Keefer to win the 200-yard breaststroke Big Ten championship, in both the prelim and finals races.
Keefer went on to have an outstanding NCAA championships after Big Tens, earning three honorable mention All-America awards in the 200 breaststroke (12th) and as part of the 200 and 400 medley relay teams that finished 10th and ninth, respectively.
Keefer is a junior at Ohio State studying history. He is an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and an OSU Scholar-Athlete and is from Loveland, Ohio.