May 21, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State incoming freshman women’s swimmer Lindsey Clary has earned a spot on the United States Junior National Team for the 2013-2014 season. Clary, a native Riverside, Calif., recently had a strong showing at the 2013 USA Open Water National Championship in the 10km race, leading the talented field early to help finish 11th overall with a time of 2:04.51.  

By virtue of her high finish, Clary marks the second-consecutive season a member of the Buckeye squad has made the USA National Junior Team. Rising sophomore Annie Lazor earned a spot on the team during the 2012-13 year. This is the first time Clary has made the USA National Team.

“During the 10K I didn’t really know what to expect except that I was going against some amazing open water and distance athletes and I need to go out strong because everyone was going to be fighting for a spot,” Clary, who is the younger sister of Olympic Gold Medalist Tyler Clary, said. “I was with the lead pack the first lap then I lead for about two and a half laps and never fed once during the race because I didn’t want to lose any ground I had made up on the group. At the end of the race I ended up being 11th overall but fourth for 18 and under which placed me on the National Junior Team.”

Clary also competed in the 5km race and finished 8th overall and second in the 18 and under age group.

“Before the 5K I knew it was going to be rough because there was almost twice as many people in it then there were in the 10K so I needed to be more aggressive for a spot. I stayed with the lead pack the entire time and on the last lap they took off and I ended up passing three girls which placed me eight overall.”