June 12, 2021

Wave Cool! 12 Buckeyes at Wave II Olympic Swimming Trials


CHI Health Center Photo Credit: Jack Spitser/Spitser Photography

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University men’s and women’s swimming teams will be well represented this week at the Wave II United States Olympic Swimming Trials, which will take place at the CHI Health Center, in Omaha, Neb. Twelve Buckeyes, past and present, will be competing at the meet, which starts Sunday, June 13 and runs through next Sunday, June 20.

Wave II is THE meet that will determine who makes the U.S. Olympic swimming team that will compete in Tokyo. The top two finishers in each event, in addition to the top six finishers in the 100 and 200 freestyle events, respectively, will represent the United States at the Olympics.

Prelims start at 10 a.m. each day with finals scheduled for 7 p.m. Links to cover the action:

Ohio State Buckeyes at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials

Wave II

  • Hunter Armstrong, Dover, Ohio – 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 50 freestyle
  • Hannah Bach, Brecksville, Ohio – 100 breaststroke
  • Alex Dillman, Naperville, Ill. – 200 butterfly
  • Charlie Clark, Sandusky, Ohio – 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle, 1,500 freestyle
  • Daniel Gloude, Ladera Ranch, Calif. – 400 individual medley
  • Andrew Loy, Normal, Ill. – 100 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly
  • Jason Mathews, Westerville, Ohio – 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke
  • Hudson McDaniel, Ashland, Ohio – 100 breaststroke
  • Evan McFadden, Oreland, Pa. – 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke
  • Malia Rausch, Austin, Texas – 400 freestyle, 400 individual medley, 200 freestyle
  • Sally Tafuto, Hummelstown, Pa. – 400 freestyle
  • Katie Trace, Upper Arlington, Ohio – 400 individual medley, 200 individual medley, 200 butterfly

Wave I Results

The trials were split into a Wave I and a Wave II trials this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Ohio State had 14 swimmers compete last week at Wave I who were seeking a Wave II time standard. Two current Buckeyes – Katie Trace from nearby Upper Arlington and Sally Tafuto, from Hummelstown, Pa. – did just that and are among those who had previously achieved the Wave II cuts and are vying this week for the Olympic team. A third swimmer – incoming freshman Malia Rausch, from Austin, Texas – also qualified out of Wave I into the Wave II trials.

A heartfelt congratulations on swims well done during the Wave I trials go out to:

Katie Trace 

200 Fly, 1st Place (2:12.57)

400 IM, 2nd Place (4:48.76)

200 IM, 11th Place (2:18.20)

Sally Tafuto

400 Free, 1st Place (4:13.98)

800 Free, 4th Place (8:49.18)

Kyra Sommerstad 

100 Back, 20th Place (1:03.43)

Nicole Fye

400 Free, 14th Place (4:19.70)

Amy Fulmer

100 Free, 9th Place (55.91…second fastest time overall)

Josie Panitz

100 Breast, 33rd Place (1:12.00)

Janessa Mathews

100 Breast, 23rd Place (1:11.62)

200 Breast, 21st Place (2:37.93)

KitKat Zenick

100 Fly, 19th Place (1:01.17)

Catherine Russo

100 Fly, 25th Place (1:01.70)

Taylor Petrak

50 Free, 4th Place (25.59)

Malia Rausch (Incoming freshman) 

200 Free, 1st Place (2:00.93)

400 Free, 2nd Place (4:15.04)

200 IM, 3rd Place (2:16.42)

Mia Rankin (Incoming freshman) 

400 IM, 10th Place (4:51.13)

RJ Kondalski

100 Back, 3rd Place (55.40)

Colin McDermott 

100 Back, 31st Place (56.97)

Omaha is hosting the U.S. Olympic swimming trials for a fourth consecutive time. The event will be held in long course meters.