COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 4-0 and 21st-ranked Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team will travel to West Lafayette, Ind. this weekend to compete at the Purdue Invitational. This will be a championship-format meet with prelims and finals each day. The meet will take place Friday through Sunday at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
Five of the eight teams competing this weekend – No. 13 Michigan, No. 17 Arkansas, No. 19 Purdue, No. 20 Louisville and No. 21 Ohio State – are nationally ranked in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America dual meet poll.
“We are very much looking forward to heading out to Purdue and racing,” third-year coach Bill Dorenkott said. “The opportunity to race will be a timely and needed break from training, as we have really been pushing the limits in practice.”
That Championship Feel
The meet will give the Ohio State swimmers – divers will not be competing this week at Purdue – an opportunity to experience the formats under which the NCAA and Big Ten championships are administered.
“The championship format is important with our team because we have such a large group of newcomers,” Dorenkott said. “It is really important to expose these individuals to the championship format.”
This Time Last Year
The Buckeyes had one dual meet win and little experience in their wake coming into the Purdue Invitational last year. The 2010 Buckeyes are more race-tested and Dorenkott expects different results this season.
“During this same meet last year we were not as sharp as we needed to be in prelims so that will most certainly be a focus this year,” Dorenkott said. “Championships are won in prelims.
Success In the Pool
Ohio State’s success so far – four dominant wins in four meets – has to do with the level of training Dorenkott and assistant coach Stefanie Williams have exposed the team to this year.
“So far this season I think we are training at such a higher level than prior years.” Dorenkott said. “That’s a function of depth and it’s a function of talent and also expectations. Stefanie Williams and I take a patient approach to building the team and program and now we are starting to see some of our vision come to fruition.”
Live Meet Scoring
Visit PurdueSports.com or link here for a link to the live results of all the sessions of the Purdue Invitational.
Order of Events
The Purdue invitational will feature a three-day preliminaries (morning) and finals (evening) format. The events will alter between men’s and women’s races.
Ohio State Finalists Last Year
Senior Samantha Cheverton will lead a near-handful of swimmers who were finalists at the Purdue Invite last year. She qualified for finals in three events – 200 and 500 freestyle and 200 back – with a third in the 200 back her top finish. Also advancing to final swims last was sophomore Megan Detro (eighth in the 100 freestyle) and sophomore Shannon Draves (fourth in the 200 butterfly). Junior Natalie Nichols was seventh in the timed final 1650 freestyle.
A little about the seven other teams that will be competing this week at Purdue:
Arkansas – The Razorbacks are under the direction of head coach Jeff Popell and have started the season 5-1. They have compiled a national ranking of No. 17 and finished sixth in the SEC last year.
Cincinnati – The Bearcats are coached by Monty Hopkins and have started the season 1-1 with their win coming vs. West Virginia in Cincinnati. UC finished seventh in the Big East last season.
Louisville – The Cardinals, under the direction of coach Arthur Albiero, have opened the season 2-1. They finished 22nd last year at the NCAA championships and they come into the weekend ranked 20th. Louisville finished second in the Big East last season.
Michigan – The Maize and Blue are coached by Jim Richardson and have stared the 2010-11 campaign with a dual meet record of 2-4. The Wolverines finished 15th at the NCAA championships last season and come into the invite ranked 13th in the country. Michigan finished third last year at the Big Ten championships.
Missouri State – Coached by Jack Stack, the Bears have started the season 2-2 with their wins coming vs. Lindenwood and Truman State. The Bears won the Missouri Valley Conference for the third year in a row in 2010.
Southern Illinois – The Salukis are coached by Rick Walker and have started the season 2-4. They finished third in the Missouri Valley Conference last season.
Purdue – The Boilermakers, coached by former Ohio State men’s assistant John Klinge, have started the 2010 campaign undefeated at 4-0 and with a No. 19 national ranking. The Boilermakers were fourth in the Big Ten last year and 16th at the NCAA championships.
Buckeyes Defeat Ohio University
Ohio State defeated Ohio University, 213-87, in Athens, on Friday, the team’s first road meet of the season. The Buckeyes won 12 of 13 events with Angela Severn touching first in three individual events – 100 and 200 breaststroke events and the 400 IM – and Bianca Alvarez took first on both the 1- and 3-meter diving competitions to spark the Buckeyes.
Senior Samantha Cheverton and Megan Detro, a sophomore, joined Severn and Alvarez as multi-event winners vs. the Bobcats. Cheverton won the 200 freestyle and the 500 free while Detro was king of the sprints with wins in the 50 free and 100 free.
Alvarez Named Big Ten Diver of Week
Bianca Alvarez has been named the Big Ten Conference Diver of the Week. Alvarez swept the one- and three-meter dives against Ohio on Friday. She has won three of the four events she has competed in this year and took second in her other competition.
So Far This Season
Ohio State has really not been tested in the pool yet this season (from an overall won/loss perspective) and the team’s depth has been a big reason. Eleven different swimmers have combined for 27 individual race wins with Samantha Cheverton leading the way with five wins and another six individuals having multiple wins.
2010 Multiple Winners:
5 – Samantha Cheverton (200 fly vs. Kenyon; 1,000 free & 200 back vs. CSU and Denison; 200 and 500 freestyles vs. Ohio);
4 – Megan Detro (200 free and 100 free vs. CSU and Denison; 50 and 100 free vs. Ohio);
3 – Angela Severn (100 & 200 breaststrokes and 400 IM vs. Ohio);
3 – Kelly Ann Baird (200 free and 200 back free vs. Kenyon; 1000 vs. Ohio);
2 – Anita Beck (1,000 free and 500 free vs. Kenyon);
2 – Catherine Eitel (100 breaststroke vs. Kenyon; 200 breaststroke vs. CSU and Denison); and
2 – Phoebe Cater (100 free and 100 fly vs. Kenyon).
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.
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).