Colin McDermott


Player profile

  • Year Senior
  • Height 6-4
  • Hometown Granville, Ohio
  • Last School Granville HS
  • Club Team Ohio State Swim Club

Career Bests

Career Honors

  • Academic All-Big Ten (2019, 2021)
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • CSCAA First Team Scholar All-American (2019)
  • CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-American (2018)
  • Second Team All-Big Ten (2021)

2020-21 (Senior)

  • Helped contribute 154 points towards the Buckeyes’ third place finish at the Big Ten Championships as a member of the second place 200 Medley Relay and third place 200 Free Relay and competing in the 50 Free, 100 Back and 200 Back
  • Swam career best times in the 100 and 200 Back at the conference championships in times of 46.19 and 1:41.81, respectively

2018-19 (Sophomore)

  • First leg of the 200 Medley Relay team at the NCAA Championships, finishing 25th with a time of 1:25.83
  • Took eighth in the 100 Back at the Big Ten Championships, setting a personal record of 47.00 in the preliminary; also recorded career-best times in the 50 Free (20.05) and the 200 Back (1:44.86)
  • Earned a bronze medal as the leadoff leg on the 200 Medley Relay, posting the No. 2 time in school history of 1:24.16; also helped the 400 Medley Relay to a fourth-place finish as the first leg, finishing with a time of 3:06.20 for the No. 2 time in program history
  • Finished second in the 100 Back (47.47) and third in the 200 Back (1:47.08) at the Shamrock Invitational
  • Placed sixth in the 100 Back with a time of 49.06 at the Ohio State Invitational
  • Opened the season with a third-place finish in the 100 Back vs. Alabama
  • Led the team in the 200 Back and No. 2 on the team in the 100 Back

2017-18 (Freshman)

  • Recorded four career-best times at the Ohio State Winter Invite: 50 Free (20.87), 50 Back (22.38), 100 Back (48.43) and the 200 Back (1:48.62)
  • 100 Back time was good for first at the Winter Invite and 200 Back time earned fourth-place
  • Finished seventh in the 100 Back with a time of 49.77 at the Shamrock Invitational; also swam in the 50 Free, 50 Back and 200 Back
  • Posted a fourth-place finish in the 50 Free vs. Akron and Denison
  • Claimed second in the 100 Back (53.47) to open the season vs. Kenyon

Prior to Ohio State

  • Swam for two years under head coach Kelly Doner at Granville High School
  • Has swam as member of the Ohio State swim club for past two years
  • Team captain as a senior in high school
  • Placed fourth in the 100 L breaststroke at the 2017 Speedo Champions Series in Columbus with a time of 1:15.45
  • Claimed gold in the 50 freestyle (21.16) at the 2017 NASA Junior National Cup
  • Captured a pair of golds at the 2016 Speedo East Winter Junior National time trials in the 50 and 100 free


  • Son of Maria and Jim McDermott
  • Has three siblings
  • Most memorable swimming moment is being given the chance to compete at the Division I level
  • Has dreams of working in an emergency room