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Claire Pophal of the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins is staying in-state with a verbal dedication to OSU for fall 2022. Pophal is a junior at Hawken Excessive Faculty in Gates Mills, Ohio.
I’m THRILLED to announce my verbal dedication to swim at The Ohio State College! A HUGE thanks to my distance girls and Coach Rick❤️ GO BUCKS!
TOP TIMES (SCY)
- 200 free – 1:51.72
- 500 free – 4:53.25
- 1000 free – 10:07.10
- 1650 free – 16:57.94
On the 2020 Ohio HS Division II State Championships, Pophal raced to 3rd within the 500 free (4:56.17), and he or she was the 500 free runner-up in 2019. In 2019, she was additionally fourth within the 200 free, and he or she went her present lifetime bests in each at that meet.
The Buckeyes’ prime distance returner this season is junior Sally Tafuto (4:41.2/16:13). OSU was extremely deep final season; they’d 9 ladies below 4:50 within the 500 free, although they graduated sub-4:40 500 freestylers Molly Kowal and Kathrin Demler in 2020.
There’s a ton of distance free expertise incoming for the Buckeyes. Aside from Pophal, Malys (4:47/16:29) and Peterson (4:48/16:52) within the 2026 class, there’s additionally Malia Rausch (1:45.9/4:40.2/16:19) and Mia Rankin (4:48.9/16:30) within the 2025 class.
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