March 5, 2018
Southport, Australia – Senior Ohio State swimmer Meg Bailey has been selected to the Australian national team for the Commonwealth Games that will take place from April 4-15 in her homeland.
“I’m absolutely stoked,” the senior medley swimmer said. “It was great to have my family and coach out here to support me and watch me make the team. It’s a dream come true.”
Bailey had excellent swims in the 200 and 400 individual medley this past weekend at the Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Trials. She garnered bronze in both of her medley events while setting two long-course school records.
Her first bronze of the meet came on Friday in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:13.73. In the prelims of the 200 individual medley, Bailey registered the fastest qualifying time in the event with a readout of 2:13.28, which is an Ohio State school record and a personal best by more than two seconds; the time of 2:13.28 is the seventh-best time in the world in 2018. Earlier in the meet, she placed fourth in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:10.64.
Her third-place finish in the 400 individual medley came on Saturday with a school record and personal-best readout of 4:41.78. That time broke Lindsey Clary‘s school record of 4:42.04 that was set it 2016. The time of 4:41.78 is also the 16th fastest time in the world this year.
Bailey along with eight other individual swimmers will don the Scarlet and Gray at the 2018 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships (March 14-17) at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will welcome more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories to the Gold Coast (Australia) and event cities Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville to share in the celebration of sport, entertainment and culture.