COLUMBUS, Ohio – Displaying versatility as well as speed during a three-win meet last week vs. Michigan State, Ohio State senior Justin Farra has been named the Big Ten Conference’s swimmer of the week for his efforts.
The Clarksville, Ohio, native and graduate of Cincinnati Hills Academy won the 100 breaststroke (55.50), 200 backstroke (1:47.91), and 200 individual medley (1:51.21). The three wins helped carry the Buckeyes to their first Big Ten win and seventh win of the year against no defeats.
Farra, a political science major from Clarksville, Ohio, increased his wins total to seven this season and to 20 total in his career as a Buckeye.
“Justin can swim so many different events,” Ohio State coach Bill Wadley said. “He is definitely one of our go-to-guys.”
Wadley said this a little over a month ago when Justin was the second highest point scorer and the US Short Course Nationals. Swimming against a stacked field of competitors that included Olympians, NCAA champions and other big time competitors from major colleges and top professional teams from around the country, Farra was the second-highest collegiate scorer at the meet with 50 points to trail only Thomas Shields of California, who scored 64.
Farra earned his first Big Ten Swimmer of the week honor after his efforts at the short course nationals in Columbus, Ohio.
As great as he is in the pool, he might be even better in the classroom. Farra is also a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. As a sophomore, he was honored as the team’s top scholar and received the John Westman Award, and he was also named an honorable mention Scholar All-American by the National Swimming Coaches Association of America
Farra and the Buckeyes will take on Penn State, Michigan and Northwestern in a quad meet this weekend, Jan. 28-29, in Ann Arbor, Mich.