COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State swimming’s Hunter Armstrong is a world record holder. He capped off an outstanding day at the Phillips 66 International Team Trials Thursday by winning the 50m backstroke in a world-record time of 23.71.
Armstrong, who finished his junior season for the Buckeyes last month, bested the previous world record by 0.09 seconds and won the event by over two tenths of a second.
“Based on how Hunter was training leading up to the meet we, as a staff, discussed the possibility of him making a run at the world record in the 100 back,” Ohio State director of swimming and diving Bill Dorenkott said. “To make the team in the 100 free, set the world record in the 50 back with the 100 back still to come is pretty surreal”
He set the tone for his finals race by setting American and U.S. Open records in the morning preliminary session. The Dover, Ohio native clocked a time of 24.01 to break the previous records by .2 seconds. Armstrong had not finished under 25 seconds in the event prior to today’s races.
“I told Hunter after the swim to stay humble and stay hungry,” Dorenkott said. “He will always be the small-town kid from Dover, Ohio. Now, he also happens to be a world record holder.
“Ohio State boasts an aquatic legacy in swimming, diving and synchro that rivals any program in the world, and we have one of the finest staffs in the country. We are just getting started.”
The win qualifies him to race the event at this summer’s world championships. The 2022 FINA World Championships will be held in Budapest from June 18 through July 3.