COLUMBUS, Ohio – Behind All-American performances from junior diver Bianca Alvarez and senior Samantha Cheverton, Ohio State is positioned in 16th-place after the first day of competition at the 2011 NCAA Swimming and Diving championships. The University of Texas is hosting the event at its Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
Alvarez finished fourth on the 1-meter springboard event to earn All-American honors for the fifth time in her career. She qualified for finals in eighth place and passed three individuals on her way to scoring 325.15 points on the event.
Cheverton, the only Buckeye swimmer with prior experience at the NCAA championships, earned honorable mention All-America honors with a 14th-place finish in the 500 freestyle. Cheverton came close to her school record in the event (4:39.71) set this year at the Big Ten championships by swimming a preliminary time of 4:39.93. She went 4:40.48 in the finals.
Two sophomores had Top 25 performances in their first NCAA championships swims. Megan Detro broke her own school record in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.33, good for a tie for 17th. Her three-week-old record was 22.35, set at the Big Ten championships.
And Angela Severn finished 22nd in the 200 individual medley in 1:59.08, the third time in the last three weeks she has gone under 2:00.00 in the event that she holds the school record of 1:58.54.
Freshman Alex Norris was 31st in the 200 IM with a time of 1:59.80. It marked the first time she has gone under 2:00.00 in the event.
In all, it was a fine day of racing for the Buckeyes as all four individuals improved from their seed times. Cheverton moved from 16th to 14th. Detro moved from 21st to 16th. Severn moved from 28th to 22nd. And Norris went from a seed time of 47th all the way to 31st.
Head coach Bill Dorenkott: “Today was an awesome day for the Buckeyes. We are swimming very well.”
The University of Georgia, the alma mater of Ohio State assistant coach Stefanie Williams, leads the championships with 129 points with USC (122), Stanford (116), California (115) and Arizona (99) in hot pursuit.
Ohio State is third among Big Ten teams with 18 points. Minnesota is in eighth-place with 67 points and Wisconsin is ninth with 56. The championships continue Friday.
2011 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships
Day 1 Team Scores: 1. Georga 129; 2. USC 122; 3. Stanford 116; 4. California 115; 5. Arizona 99; Also 16. Ohio State 18
Event Winners: 500 freestyle – Schmitt, Georgia (4:34.20); 14. Cheverton, Ohio State (4:40.48); 200 individual medley – 1. Hosszu, USC (1:53.39); 22. Severn, Ohio State (1:59.08); 50 freestyle – 1. Vanderpool, Auburn (21.38); T17. Detro, Ohio State (22.33); 1-meter diving – 1. Bryant, Minnesota (349.65); 4. Alvarez, Ohio State (325.15). 200 free relay – California (1:27.36).