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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team travels to South Bend, Ind., this weekend to compete in the five-team Shamrock Invitational. The two-day meet, hosted by Notre Dame, will feature five teams that are either ranked or are receiving votes in the latest TYR/Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America poll. The invitational will be swam as a championship format with sessions Friday evening (6 p.m. local time start), Saturday morning (10 a.m.) and Saturday evening (5 p.m.).

Competing at Notre Dame’s Rolfs Aquatics Center (located in the Joyce Center), will be the Buckeyes (7-1 in dual meets this season), Notre Dame, Iowa, Northwestern and Denver. Ohio State is ranked 18th in this week’s TYR/CSCAA poll with Notre Dame (23 points), Northwestern (8), Iowa (3) and Denver (2) each receiving votes.

Versus X 4  The meet is an invitational but it will be scored head-to-head, like a dual meet. At the conclusion of the meet, for instance, Ohio State will have a score vs. Notre Dame, vs. Iowa, vs. Northwestern and vs. Denver.

Last Team Event  The Shamrock Invite will be the final full team swimming event of the 2010-11 season for the Buckeyes. Coach Bill Dorenkott and assistant coach Stefanie Williams will take the entire team to the meet, leaving Thursday afternoon and returning to Columbus late Saturday evening.

And at Stake…  With this being the last team meet prior to the Big Ten championships Feb. 16-19 at the University of Indiana, Dorenkott indicated there are still positions available on the Ohio State roster for the Big Ten championships.

“We have relay spots that are open and will be finalized based on this weekend,” Dorenkott said. “And we have one more spot to fill on the travel roster.”

Live Meet Scoring  Notre Dame’s official athletics web site – www.und.com – will be running Live Stats the two days of the meet. A direct link to the Live Stats is above.

Records  Ohio State enters the invite with a head-to-head record of 7-1 in dual meets. Notre Dame is 2-5, Iowa is 3-4, Denver is also 7-1 and Northwestern is 6-4.

Records Ramifications  Ohio State could potentially establish an all-time school record for single season dual meet wins this weekend, and in the process record the 250th win in 45 years of intercollegiate swimming and diving at Ohio State. The single season best for school wins is nine (2003-04) with eight wins occurring twice. Ohio State enters this weekend with an all-time record of 248-214-1.   

The National Poll  Ohio State, at No. 18, is one of seven Big Ten teams nationally ranked this week in the TYR/College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll. Others from the Big Ten are No. 13 Minnesota, No. 14 Indiana, No. 15 Michigan, No. 16 Wisconsin, No. 20 Purdue and No. 25 Penn State.

What’s Up with the Bucks?  Ohio State’s 7-1 record this season includes a 1-1 mark vs. Big Ten teams. Ohio State dropped its first meet of the season last Friday at Michigan but came back less than 24 hours later to handle Michigan State. Ohio State has also defeated six Ohio opponents in duals so far, winning by an average margin of 74.3 points. Dorenkott’s teams are 14-0 against other Ohio colleges and universities; 18-6 in all dual meets.  

Team’s Top Times  Buckeyes have reached NCAA provisional qualifying standards 15 times to date, and four of five relays have made the cut. The team’s fastest times of the season, to date, with the “B” indicating an NCAA provisional qualifying standard:

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, 1:40.37 B

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

B indicates NCAA provisional qualifying standard

More Provisional Cuts  In addition to the NCAA times noted above, Ohio State has four more individuals with NCAA provisional times. Individuals with those standards:

So. Megan Detro, 200 free

Sr. Anita Beck, 500 free

Fr. Kelly Ann Baird, 500 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.

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