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Columbus North senior Olivia Morlok announced she has committed to Ohio University for women’s swimming.
Morlok, who competes in swimming, cross country and track, placed eighth in the 500-yard freestyle at the 2019 IHSAA girls swimming State Finals en route to being named team MVP as a junior. She also finished 15th in the 200 free and helped the Bull Frogs’ 200 medley relay to a 28th-place finish at state. Her 500 time was 5 minutes, 0.35 seconds. She was clocked in 1:56.05 in the 200 free. The medley relay posted a time of 1:42.81.
She also was team MVP in swimming as a sophomore.
“I kind of went back and forth (on whether to pursue swimming or running in college) during my high school career,” Morlok told The Republic. “I’ve been swimming for longer than I have been running.”
Morlok started swimming when she was 9 years old; she began running in the seventh grade. She intends to pursue studies in a medical-related field at Ohio University such as exercise science or physical therapy. She is expected to finalize her commitment by signing a national letter of intent with the Bobcats in November.
As a freshman, Morlok helped the 400 free relay to 11th place and the 200 free relay to 19th place at state. As a sophomore, she was 10th in the 500 free while also helping the 400 free relay to 24th place and the 200 free relay to 25th place at state.
In cross country, Morlok was 83rd at state as a freshman, missed the state meet as a sophomore because of injury and finished 46th at state as a junior. In track, Morlok was 16th at state in the 3,200 meters as a freshman, placed fourth in the regional in the 3,200 as a sophomore and placed 21st at state in the 3,200 as a junior.
Part of Morlok’s decision came down to the chances of staying healthy.
“I’ve spent a lot of my cross country career sidelined by injuries,” she told the newspaper. “It will be nice not to have to worry about that all the time.”
At Ohio University, Morlok will join a swimming program that placed fifth in the Mid-American Conference in 2019. Columbus North graduate Maddie Wyke was a senior on that team, placing fifth in the MAC 200 butterfly with a time of 2:01.42. That time was OU’s seventh best in program annals in the event.
Morlok is the fifth Columbus North athlete in the class of 2020 to make a commitment for college athletics. Others previously committing were Casper Clark (baseball, Indiana University), Mitchel Collier (football, Central Michigan), Sierra Norman (softball, Marian University) and Grant Trinkle (baseball, University of Kentucky).
PHOTO: Olivia Morlok