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COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State University will be represented by five student-athletes this week at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving championships. The championship meet will take place Thursday through Saturday at Purdue’s Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind. 

Three swimmers and three divers will be competing this week for the Buckeyes. The individuals and the events they will compete in include:

  • Senior Megan Alexander – Worthington, Ohio: 100 & 200 breaststroke;
  • Sophomore Bianca Alvarez – Miami, Fla.: 1- and 3-meter diving;
  • Junior Samantha Cheverton – Lachine Quebec: 500 & 200 freestyle; 200 backstroke;
  • Senior Chelsea Davis – Columbus, Ohio: 1- and 3-meter diving; and
  • Freshman Shannon Draves – Gilbertsville, Pa.: 100 & 200 butterfly.

Follow The Action & More Info  NCAA.com will stream both sessions of competition on Thursday and Friday, and the preliminary session on Saturday. ESPN360.com will stream the finals live on Saturday. To access the live stream, visit www.ESPN360.com. Click on the FAQs link for software and system requirements, etc.  Anyone with a .edu e-mail address is able to obtain access to ESPN360 at no cost. 

ESPN2 Broadcast   Additionally, ESPN2 will air a 90-minute recap show of the championships at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time, Tuesday, April 6.

Championships Web Site  The order of events and additional information is available on the Championships Web site at www.ncaa.com/swimminganddiving.

Competition Dates  While the above web site provides an overall schedule of events at the championships, a quick look at the days Ohio State student-athletes will competed reveals:

Thursday, March 25 – Sam Cheverton swims the 500 freestyle and Bianca Alvarez and Chelsea Davis compete on the 1-meter springboard.

Friday, March 26 – Alvarez and Davis compete on the 3-meter springboard; Cheverton competes in the 200 freestyle; Megan Alexander competes in the 100 breaststroke; and Shannon Draves competes in the 100 butterfly.

Saturday, March 27 – Cheverton swims the 200 backstroke and 200 freestyle; Alexander swims the 200 breaststroke; and Draves swims the 200 butterfly.

Head Coach Bill Dorenkott on…

Having three swimmers at NCAAs: “We, as coaches, are disappointed not get a relay into the meet. But the good thing is the swimmers who didn’t get pulled into the meet with their “B” cuts are also disappointed and they are using this time to put forth energy toward next year.”

Training since Big Tens: “We’ve really trained well. The team has really come together and pushed the three swimmers who are going to NCAAs. They provided an excellent training environment. They are practicing for the day we have a full squad going to nationals.”

Team goals: “We have no desire to just make the NCAA championships. We want to get things done and we have a sincere desire to have a bigger squad at the meet. There are numerous other individuals on this team who didn’t make NCAAs this year, but who will in the future. And they really helped set our three swimmers this year up for success. They pushed them through workouts. They were attentive to their needs and they continued to swim as if their season was not over.”

The Ohio State Competitors                                       

Megan Alexander – Megan, a senior majoring in education/human ecology, is competing at the NCAA championships for the first time. She was invited based on 100 and 200 breaststroke “B” cut times of 1:01.04 and 2:11.79. Both times represent Ohio State school records. She swam in the finals in both events at the 2010 Big Ten championships, finishing fifth in the 200 and sixth in the 100. Megan is one of the team’s co-captains and a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten selection. She also is a Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar, being named for having a GPA last year of over 3.70 for the year.

Bianca Alvarez – The junior academically and sophomore eligibility-wise makes a return to the NCAA championships after red-shirting the 2009 season. Two years ago Alvarez earned All-America honors on both boards, finishing second on 3-meter and fifth on 1-meter. A molecular genetics major and an OSU Scholar-Athlete, Alvarez qualified for NCAAs by winning the 3-meter springboard event at the Zone C NCAA Regionals, held at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. She was also third on 1-meter. At the Big Ten championships last month at Purdue, Alvarez was runner-up on both the 1- and 3-meter springboard events. She was also a runner-up on 3-meter two years ago at Big Tens.

Samantha Cheverton – Sam is making her second NCAA championships appearance. Two years ago she swam an NCAA “A” cut in the 200 backstroke and she also swam in the 100 and 200 butterfly events. She will duplicate her trio of swims at this year’s championships, only her events will be the 500 & 200 freestyles and the 200 backstroke. A five-time individual event school record-holder, Sam was the team’s high-point scorer at the 2010 Big Tens with a third-place swim in the 200 free (in school-record time of 1:45.78), a fourth in the 200 backstroke in record time of 1:55.52, and a tie for fifth in the 500 free in another school record time of 4:45.16. She is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and an Academic all-Big Ten honoree.

Chelsea Davis – Chelsea was the 2008 NCAA champion on the 3-meter springboard and was named tri-Diver of the Year. She also earned All-America honors on the 1-meter springboard with an eighth-place finish. She returns to the NCAA championships after red-shirting the 2009 season. She is a Big Ten champion on the three-meter board (2006 while a freshman at Northwestern). Chelsea is in the school of Allied Medical Professions and will be attending Washington University in St. Louis next year to study physical therapy in graduate school. She is a three-time OSU Scholar Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and just last week she was named one of two recipients conference-wide of the Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award.

Shannon Draves – Shannon is a true freshman who has already set a school record in the 200 butterfly – 1:57.33 – and has swam the second-fastest 100 butterfly time – 53.87 – in school history. She will swim both of those events in her first appearance at an NCAA championships. She swam in the championship finals in both events at the 2010 Big Ten championships, finishing third in the 200 – a place that ties for the highest individual event finish by an Ohio State swimmer at this year’s meet – and a sixth-place effort in the 100.

13-Year Best at Big Tens 

Sparked by an avalanche of strong swims, every swimmer embracing her role and building upon every swim, Ohio State finished in fifth-place at the 2010 Big Ten championships with 399.5 points. The Top 5 championships effort represents the highest finish for the team in 13 years, or since the 1997 team finished fifth. The 399 points was the most scored by Ohio State in 16 years. The 1994 team scored 440 points and finished third.

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