Oct. 13, 2017
An All-American in 1982, Nancy Pearson helped put Ohio State women’s swimming on the map. She was a two-time Big Ten Champion as a member of the 800 freestyle relay, helping bring home titles in that event in 1982 and 1983. With her leadership and excellence in the pool, Ohio State rattled off five consecutive Big Ten championships starting in 1982.
Pearson was a model of consistent improvement during her career; she scored for Ohio State in each of her five events at Big Ten Championships in all four years of her career, and she improved upon her times in those events with each successive season. In 1981 she was the Ohio Collegiate Champion in the 1650 freestyle. Upon her departure from the Buckeyes she was the school record holder in the 500, 1000, and 1650 freestyles as well as one of the record-setters in the 800 freestyle relay. A Big Ten Medal of Honor winner in 1983, she was also a four-time scholar athlete and graduated summa cum laude from the College of Education.