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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team travels to Bloomington, Ind., and the campus of Indiana University this week for the 2011 Big Ten Conference swimming and diving championships. The championships begin Wednesday evening with two relay finals and extend through Saturday evening at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. 

2011 Big Ten Championships

  • Feb. 16-19
  • Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center
  • Indiana University
  • Bloomington, Ind.

Live Results  IUHoosiers.com

Television  Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 (Big Ten Network rebroadcast at 12 noon)

Order of Events

Wednesday Finals

  • 200 Medley Relay
  • 800 Free Relay

Thursday Finals

  • 200 Free Relay
  • 500 Freestyle
  • 200 IM
  • 50 Freestyle
  • 1-Meter Diving

Friday Finals

  • 400 Medley Relay
  • 400 IM
  • 100 Butterfly
  • 200 Freestyle
  • 100 Breaststroke
  • 100 Backstroke
  • 3-Meter Diving

Saturday Finals

  • 1,650 Freestyle
  • 200 Backstroke
  • 100 Freestyle
  • 200 Breaststroke
  • 200 Butterfly
  • 10-Meter Platform
  • 400 Free Relay

2010: 13-Year Best Finish  Ohio State was fifth at the 2010 Big Ten championships with 399.5 points for its best championships finish in 13 years. The 399.5 points was the most for an Ohio State team in 16 years. The Buckeyes held off Wisconsin (384.5) and Penn State (333) on the final day for the Top 5 finish.

Returning Points Scorers  Ten Buckeyes who scored points at the 2010 Big Ten championships return. Leading the way is Samantha Cheverton, a three-event finalist (200 free; 500 free; 200 back). Megan Detro scored in both sprint freestyles and as part of all five relays. Shannon Draves was a finalist in both butterfly events. Diver Bianca Alvarez was second on 1-meter and third on the 3-meter.

More Points Scorers  Divers Katie Bell and Kristen Asman, All-American divers who each missed the Big Ten championship meet last year, give the Buckeyes two additional championships point scorers. Bell was second on the 10-meter platform – her only event – at the 2009 championships while Asman was third on 10-meter in 2009 and seventh on 1-meter.    

A Rich Big Ten History  Ohio State has won five Big Ten championships: consecutively between 1982-86 under coach Jim Montrella. Ohio State also has won 77 Big Ten swimming, diving and relay titles. The breakdown:

  • 44 swimming champions; last was Griet Buelens in 2005 (200 fly);
  • 21 diving champions; last was Julie Brohms in 2005 (3-meter); and
  • 12 relay wins; last came in 1991 (400 and 800 free relays).

2010-11 Update  The Buckeyes, under the direction of third-year swimming coach Bill Dorenkott and 33rd-year diving coach Vince Panzano, are coming off an 11-1 dual meet season that set a school record for wins. The team was third of eight teams at the Purdue Invite and fifth of 15 teams at the U.S. Short Course National Championships.

Ranked All Year  The Buckeyes have been ranked all season in the TYR/ASCAA poll and enter the Big Ten championships ranked 18th.

Fast Times  Buckeyes have reached NCAA provisional qualifying standards 15 times to date as have four relays. Megan Detro (50, 100, 200 freestyles) and Samantha Cheverton (200 & 500 free; 200 back) lead the way with three apiece.

Buckeye Relays  Ohio State will enter the championships with all four of its relays among the Big Ten’s Top 5 and three relays – 200 medley; 400 free; 800 free – are second-fastest in the conference to date. Freshmen and sophomores hold down 17 of the 20 relay legs entering the championships. 

Team’s Top Times  Buckeyes are among the Big Ten Conference’s Top 5 times a total of eight times in seven different events. Leading the way is Samantha Cheverton, who has the fastest 500 free time and the second-fastest 200 free time. Megan Detro has three Top 5 rankings, including the second-fastest 100 free. She is also fourth in the 50 free and fifth in the 200 free. Angela Severn has posted the third- and fourth-fastest times in the 400 individual medley and 200 individual medley, respectively, and Shannon Draves’ 100 fly time is fifth-best in the Big Ten.

The team’s fastest times of the season, to date:

50 free – Megan Detro, 22.86 B

100 free – Megan Detro, *49.22 B

200 free – Samantha Cheverton, *1:45.62 B

500 free – Samantha Cheverton, 4:39.71 B

1000 free – Samantha Cheverton, 9:59.89

1,650 free – Kelly Ann Baird, 16:34.76 B

100 back – Kelsey Moran, 55.12 B

200 back – Emily Creran, 1:58.29 B

100 breast – Catherine Eitel, 1:03.24

200 breast – Angela Severn, 2:17.40

100 fly – Shannon Draves, 54.33 B

200 fly – Shannon Draves, 1:59.36 B

200 IM – Angela Severn, *2:00.22 B

400 IM – Angela Severn, 4:14.26 B

200 free relay – Williams, Detro, Moran, Cater, 1:32.82

400 free relay – Cater, Williams, Detro, Cheverton, *3:18.68 B

800 free relay – Beck, Norris, Cheverton, Detro, 7:11.68 B

200 medley relay – Moran, Severn, Draves, Detro, 1:40.26 B

400 medley relay – Moran, Severn, Williams, Detro, 3:41.11 B

B indicates NCAA provisional qualifying standard

*Indicates school record

More Provisional “B” Cuts  In addition to the NCAA times noted above, Ohio State has additional NCAA provisional times. Individuals with those standards:

  • So. Megan Detro, 200 free
  • Sr. Anita Beck, 500 free
  • Fr. Kelly Ann Baird, 500 free; 1650 free
  • Sr. Samantha Cheverton, 200 back

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.

Click on the attached PDF Release for all kinds of swimming and diving good stuff, including bio updates, school records, all-time Big Ten champions and much, much more.

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