April 5, 2018

Abeysinghe, Bailey Representing Ohio State at Commonwealth Games


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Matt Abeysinghe and Meg Bailey, members of the Ohio State swimming team, are currently representing their countries at the 2018 Commonwealth Games held April 4-15 in Australia. In addition, Ruslan Gaziev, an incoming freshman in 2018-19, is competing in the 4×100 freestyle and 50 and 100 freestyles for Canada.

Bailey, competing for Australia in the 200 and 400 individual medley, holds the Ohio State record in the 200 individual medley at 2:13.28, set in the prelims at the Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Trials earlier this month. Bailey already finished seventh in 400 individual medley, where she has broke the Ohio State school record twice yesterday, in addition to once last month, and now holds the school record at 4:41.46. Bailey will compete in the 200 individual medley Saturday. A native of Merewether, Australia, Bailey, secured her first Big Ten title in February when she clocked a personal-best 4:04.85 in the 400 individual medley and made her first NCAA A final of her career in the 400 individual medley earlier this month.

Abeysinghe, representing his home country of Sri Lanka, will be competing in the 100 freestyle Saturday and the 50 freestyle Monday in addition to leading off the 4×100 free relay Friday. A native of Dehiwala, Sri Lanka, Abeysinghe was part of Ohio State’s 400 freestyle relay that finished 12th at the NCAA Championships and a part of the 800 freestyle relay that finished 15th. A second team All-Big Ten selection who was part of the 4×200 school record-holding relay team in 2018, Abeysinghe clocked the fourth-fastest 100 free readout in school history at Big Ten Championships in February.