Several current and former Ohio State athletes participated in Olympic trials this past weekend. It was a mixed bag of success, but there will be a Buckeye presence in London. Thus far, 10 Buckeyes have qualified to represent their respective countries. The most recent batch represent swimming and diving while a few track athletes fell just short of their Olympic dreams.
Swimmer George Markovic will be representing Serbia in the 400 meter freestyle. Markovic will also be a part of the first-ever Serbian relay team, participating in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay. Markovic might be just one of many Buckeye swimmers when all is said and done as 36 swimmers will be participating in US Olympic trials from June 25th through July 2nd. The 36 representatives ties Stanford for the most swimmers from one squad.
Former Ohio State diver Katie Bell will be representing the United States after securing a spot on the 11-member squad with a second-place finish in the women’s 10-meter platform on Sunday afternoon. Bell is a Columbus native and finished with a score of 1024.40 at the Trials.
Christina Manning fell just short on her bid to be a member of Team USA. She finished fifth in the 100m hurdle finals, two spots below the required 3rd place finish. In an unfortunate twist, her time of 12.72 in the semi-finals was actually faster than the eventual first place time of 12.73. In the finals, however, she ran a 12.92. Manning, the 2012 Suzy Favor Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year, had one of the best seasons in OSU women’s track history.
On the men’s side, Michael Hartfield finished in 6th place in the long jump, missing Team USA by three spots. Matt DeChant finished 18th in the shot put on the tail of a fifth place finish in the NCAA championships. Current Buckeye Cory Leslie and former Buckeye Brian Olinger will race in the steeplechase prelims tonight.