COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 1-0 Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team will face in-state foes Denison and Cleveland State Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The meet will be a co-ed, double dual meet with the men’s teams from the respective schools. Admission is free.
Divers On Board
The diving team will be in competition this week at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, its first meet of the 2010-11 season. Expected to be competing on the one- and three-meter boards Friday are seniors Kristen Asman and Katie Bell, junior Bianca Alvarez and freshman Cheyenne Cousineau (Temperance, Mich.)
Live Meet Scoring
Can’t make it to the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion to see the meet live? Visit the home page for the Ohio State women’s swimming team at OhioStateBuckeyes.com for a link to the live results.
Order of Events
The meet will be run with alternating women’s and men’s races with two breaks for 1- and 3-meter diving competitions. The order of events will be:
About the Opponents
Denison is 2-0 this season plus holds a win over an eight-team field at the NCAC relays to open the season. Denison defeated Ohio Wesleyan and Oberlin College last Saturday in a double-dual meet held at Oberlin.
Cleveland State, the alma mater of third-year Ohio State coach Bill Dorenkott (1991), is 6-0 on the season and will be swimming for the first time since defeating Wisconsin-Green Bay Oct. 23. Coach Walley Morton is in his fourth year as coach of the CSU women and he is in his 30th year as Viking men’s coach.
For the Record
Dorenkott, in his third-year at Ohio State and who guided the Buckeyes to its best Big Ten Conference championships finish – fifth – in 13 years last year, was a team captain and multi-event conference champion for Wally Morton while swimming at Cleveland State.
The Buckeyes, Briefly
Ohio State opened its 2010-11 dual meet season with a 169.5-75.5 victory over Kenyon College last Saturday. Freshmen Kelly Ann Baird (200 free and 200 back) and Phoebe Cater (100 free and 100 fly) kicked off their careers as Buckeyes winning two races each, while senior Anita Beck also recorded two wins (1000 and 500 freestyles).
“In the big scheme of things, it’s the first step in a long process; we’re preparing for February and March,” Ohio State head coach Bill Dorenkott said. “We talked about how it’s not the outcome, it’s the process. The more we can practice the process the better prepared we will be going forward.”
Some Good News from Denison
Denison University has broken ground on a $38.5 million renovation and expansion of the Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center. At the center of the project is a new natatorium with an Olympic-size pool, four times larger than the college’s current Mike Gregory Pool.
Five Team Captains
The Buckeyes are captained in the pool by five swimmers: seniors Anita Beck and Samantha Cheverton; junior Lisa Narum; and sophomores Emily Creran and Megan Detro.
Coach Vince Panzano is in his 33rd year as head diving coach at his alma mater. He has a veteran trio of divers back this season in addition to one new freshman. Seniors Katie Bell and Kristen Asman were All-Americans in 2009 with Bell taking fifth on the 10-meter platform at the NCAA championships and Asman placing eighth. Both were injured and did not compete at the 2010 NCAAs. Bianca Alvarez is a fourth-year junior who has four All-American awards to her credit, including a runner-up finish on the 3-meter springboard at the 2008 NCAA championships. The newcomer is a good one: freshman Cheyenne Cousineau, a three-time Michigan state champion from Temperance, Mich.
Ohio State is coming off its best finish at a Big Ten Championships – fifth – in 13 years. Leading returnees for the Buckeyes in the pool will be NCAA qualifiers Samantha Cheverton and Shannon Draves. The team also returns 12 individuals who scored points at the 2010 Big Ten championships, including multiple-event finalists Cheverton (200 back, 200 free and 500 free), Draves (100 and 200 butterfly) and Kelsey Moran (100 and 200 backstroke).