COLUMBUS, Ohio – Following his world-record performance in the 50 backstroke Thursday evening, Ohio State’s Hunter Armstrong won the 100 backstroke in a school-record time of 52.20 on Friday at the Phillips 66 International Team Trials. Four Buckeyes raced in A finals on the third day of competition from the Greensboro Aquatic Center as Ohio State records fell in both the 100 backstroke and 400 freestyle.
Armstrong, who has now officially qualified in two events for the 2022 FINA World Championship set for this summer, raced the fastest 100 backstroke time in the world this year. He bested the world record holder in the event, Ryan Murphy, by .26 seconds to win the event and clinch the automatic qualification to Budapest.
Both Amy Fulmer (100 backstroke) and Charlie Clark (400 freestyle) lowered Buckeye school records twice on Friday. Fulmer finished in a time of 1:00.63 in the prelims and went on to touch the wall in 1:00.48 to take eighth in the A final. Clark swam a 3:51.62 in the morning session and then took fourth in the A final with a 3:49.36. Both were the previous Ohio State record holders for their respective races.
Hannah Bach also raced in the A final on Friday, finishing in a time of 1:09.36 for eighth overall in the 100 breaststroke. Josie Panitz qualified for the B final, stopping the clock at 1:09.36.
The International Team Trials finish Saturday as Hunter Armstrong (50 freestyle), Charlie Clark (800 freestyle) and Amy Fulmer (50 freestyle) are set to race for the Buckeyes. Prelims begin at 9 a.m. and finals are set for 6 p.m.