June 29, 2017
Indianapolis, Ind.– Already having made an impact internationally this summer, Ohio State saw several of its swimmers turn in some excellent performances at the 2017 U.S. Nationals/World Championships Trials in Indianapolis.
Michael Salazar and Andrew Loy combined for three personal bests at IU Natatorium; Salazar did so in the 50 fly (24.16) while Loy did so in both the 100 and 200 freestyle (50.19 and 1:50,89, respectively). Salazar’s time puts him as the 10th-fastest in the nation in that particular event, while both of Loy’s times put him in the Top 40 for each event, great achievements for a pair of student-athletes who were underclassmen in 2016-17. Thursday morning, Salazar also finished 10th in prelims of the 100 fly with a time of 53.24, securing a spot in the consolation finals to take place later in the day.
Both Salazar and Loy have had excellent careers thus far for the Buckeyes. Salazar, a sophomore this past season, has competed at Big Ten Championships in each of the last two years, achieving a career-best finish in the 200 fly. Competing in the A finals he put up a time of 1:45.38, good for seventh place and making him one of three Ohio State underclassmen to finish in the Top 7. As a freshman, Loy made the trip to NCAA Championships as a relay alternate and helped the Buckeyes to a strong performance in the 800 freestyle relay. At his first Big Ten Championships he was fantastic, finishing in the Top 15 in all three events he swam in as well as Top 10 performances in the 200 freestyle and 200 IM.
The World Championship Trials began on June 27 and will continue through July 1. The meet serves as the selection event for the USA National Teams competing at the 2017 FINA World Championships, the 2017 World University Games, and the 2017 FINA World Junior Championships.