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Sam Campbell of the Dayton Raiders has verbally committed to Ohio State for fall 2022. He’s a junior at Oakwood High School in Dayton, Ohio.

I’m excited to announce my verbal commitment to The Ohio State University! I am grateful for my parents, my club and high school coaches, and the coaches at OSU for putting so much confidence in me as an athlete. It has been a difficult process in this pandemic year, but I am thrilled with my decision and ready to pursue my swimming and academic career with Ohio State. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me and my classmates! #gobucks!


  • 200 free – 1:43.11
  • 500 free – 4:30.98
  • 100 back – 51.56
  • 200 back – 1:48.93
  • 400 IM – 3:58.96

Last season, Campbell finished runner-up in the 500 free at the Ohio HS Division II Championships. After a lifetime best 4:30.98 in prelims, he touched second in finals in a 4:34.15 behind Charlie Clark (4:26.94), a current freshman on the OSU roster. The Buckeyes have only raced at two meets this season, but Clark leads the team in the 500 free (4:28.35) and 1000 free (9:06.42) so far.

Campbell made huge strides from the 2018-19 high school season to the 2019-20 season; at the 2019 state meet, he was only 4:44.79 in the 500 free. Since the pandemic hit, Campbell has dropped time in the 400 IM, going from 4:01.22 in December 2019 to 3:58.96 at the 2020 Winter 18&U Championships.

Campbell will join a distance group led by freshman Clark (4:25/15:07) as well as senior Carson Burt (4:22/15:13) and UConn transfer North Hansen (4:24/15:14).

Campbell joins Everett Oehler and Mason Edmund in OSU’s class of 2026.

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