Photo Credit: Mike Lewis/USA Swimming
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With a silver medal result on the final day of pool swimming at the 2022 FINA World Championships, Hunter Armstrong led the contingent of Buckeyes in Budapest with five medals at the meet. Over a week of competition, four Buckeyes took the pool for their respective countries at the world championships, earning six medal finishes.
In the 50 backstroke, world record holder Armstrong earned his best individual result at the world championships on Saturday afternoon with a second-place result. The Dover, Ohio finished in a time of 24.14 for silver. Later in the day, the United States’ 4×100 medley relay, which Armstrong helped qualify for the finals, also won silver.
Armstrong picked up his second individual medal in the 100 backstroke on Monday. After posting the best time (52.81) in the heats, he took third (52.37) in the semifinal for a ticket to the final race. Armstrong went on to earn the bronze medal in a personal-best time of 51.98.
Armstrong also won gold with the mixed 4×100 medley relay. He led off the relay and helped propel the team to finish in 3:38.79 for the United States’ first gold in the event since 2017. On the first day of the world championships, Armstrong raced in the 4×100 free relay heats, helping qualify the American relay for the finals. The team went on to win gold.
Ruslan Gaziev swam in six events at the world championships for Canada. He took silver in the mixed 4×100 freestyle relay after swimming in the heats to qualify the team for the finals. He and the 4×100 free relay team took sixth in the finals. He also raced the 4×200 freestyle relay and 4×100 medley relay, finishing 11th overall in the heats with both relays.
In the 100 freestyle, Gaziev advanced to the semifinals by finishing 14th overall in the heats. He went on to finish in a time of 49.00 in the first semifinal heat. His first race of the world championships was the 200 freestyle, finishing in 1:48.10 for 25th overall in the heats.
Charlie Clark raced the 800 and 1500 freestyle for the United States in Budapest. He took 10th overall in the 1500 freestyle heats in a time of 15:00.33, just four seconds shy of the finals. In the 800, he finished 12th overall in the 800 freestyle in 7:51.59.
Kristen Romano competed in the 200 backstroke and 200 and 400 medley. She earned her best finish in the 400 medley, finishing 16th overall in the heats in a time of 4:56.39. Romano was the first Buckeye to race in Budapest, finishing 29th overall in the 200 medley in 2:18.89.
Three members of the Ohio State swimming and diving program are yet to compete in Budapest. Divers Ciara McGing and Lena Hentschel begin competition tomorrow, Sunday, June 26. McGing will compete in the women’s 10m being contested June 26-27 and Hentschel will compete in the 3m springboard contested July1-2 and 3m synchro held July 3. Open water racing also starts on the June 26 with Alex Axon racing the 5km on the 27th.