Paul DeLakis

FR/BR/IM

Player profile

  • Year Junior
  • Height 6-6
  • Hometown Eau Claire, Wisc.
  • Last School Eau Claire Memorial
  • Club Team Eau Claire YMCA

Career Bests

Career Honors

  • CSCAA First Team All-American
    • 200 Free (2019)
    • 200 Breast (2019)
    • 400 Free Relay (2019)
  • CSCAA Honorable Mention All-American
    • 200 Free (2018)
    • 400 Free Relay (2018)
    • 800 Free Relay (2018, 2019)
  • Second Team All-Big Ten (2019)
  • CSCAA First Team Scholar All-American (2019, 2020)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2019)
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete (2018, 2019)

School Records

  • 200 Breast – 1:51.65 (2020)
  • 400 Free Relay – 2:48.75 (2019)
  • 800 Free Relay – 6:13.44 (2019)

2018-19 (Sophomore)

  • Earned individual CSCAA First Team All-America distinction with a fifth-place finish in the 200 Free (1:32.01) and a sixth-place finish in the 200 Breast (1:52.05) at the NCAA Championships, both new school records.
  • Second leg of the 400 Free Relay that placed seventh at the NCAA Championships, also claiming First Team All-America honors; Claimed CSCAA Honorable Mention All-America honors with a 10th-place finish on the 800 Free Relay squad, finishing with a time of 6:14.99.
  • Posted a silver-medal finish in the 200 Free (1:33.15) and as part of the 400 Free Relay (2:48.75) at the Big Ten Championships; earned a bronze medal on the 800 Free Relay team with a time of 6:13.44.
  • Took fourth in the 200 IM Final at the Big Ten Championships, clocking in at 1:42.67 for a new personal best and the No. 2 time for the team.
  • Represented Ohio State at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, finishing fourth in the 200 Free with a time of 1:36.87.

2017-18 (Freshman)

  • NCAA Qualifier in the 200 Free, 200 IM, 400 Free Relay and 800 Free Relay.
  • Placed 11th in the 200 Free final with a time of 1:33.17 at the NCAA Championships.
  • Third leg of the 12th-place 400 Free Relay team with a readout of 2:49.42 at the NCAA Championships.
  • Swam the second leg of the 800 Free Relay at the NCAA Championships, helping the squad to a 15th-place finish.
  • Bronze medalist in the 200 Free with a school-record time of 1:32.86 at the Big Ten Championships, and followed up with another bronze in the 200 IM with a time of 1:42.83, also a school record.
  • First leg of the silver-medal 400 Free Relay team (2:50.12) and second leg of the bronze-medal 800 Free Relay team (6:16.92 – school record) at the Big Ten Championships.
  • Recorded the fastest 200 Breast time of the season at 1:55.06, good for ninth at the Big Ten Championships.

Prior to Ohio State

  • Lettered four years in swimming at Memorial High School under the direction of Dylan Leonard.
  • Ranked the eighth best recruit in the nation by collegeswimming.com.
  • Ten-time state champion in Wisconsin.
  • Won back-to-back YMCA Short Course national titles in the 200 and 400 individual medley in 2016 and 2017.
  • Won a total of 46 races during his high-school career
  • 2015 YMCA Short Course national champion in the 200-yard breaststroke (1:58.58)
  • Won four Wisconsin Boys Division State individual titles in the 200 free (2016), 100 breaststroke (2016), 100 breaststroke (2017) and 200 individual medley (2017)

Personal

  • Son of Jaci and Paul DeLakis
  • Has two siblings (Tina and Alex)
  • Majoring in biology
  • Chose Ohio State for the team, coaches and academics
  • Has dreams of going to optometry school after graduation