Kowal Breaks Record
The Ohio State Buckeyes earned their first Women’s Big Ten Conference title in 34 years this weekend and Merchantville's own Molly Kowal a new pool record. After finishing 3rd last year, Ohio State outperformed defending champion Indiana, and 2016-2018 champion Michigan, winning by a margin of by 197 points. The Ohio State senior, Merchantville resident and Woodbine Swim Club alum slowly began to build a dominant lead in the top heat and would close her senior B1G career on top with a new championship and Iowa pool record at 15:43.17. Kowal’s previous lifetime best was 15:44.61 from the 2019 NCAA meet. Her B1G title-winning time makes her the 17th-fastest U.S. performer in event history. She also recorded a career-best in the 500 free of 4:39.35 to take 5th in the event, and took 9th in the 400 IM in 4:09.93.