Nov. 1, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2-0 Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team faces in-state foe Denison at 6 p.m. Friday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The meet will be a co-ed event with the men’s teams from each respective school also competing. The Buckeyes are returning to action after defeating Kenyon and Cleveland last week to begin the 2012 campaign.  

“I think the meets this time of year are a nice compliment to our training and we are trying to build on what we are doing in the practice pool every day,” head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott said. “Denison is a program we respect a lot and several of their swimmers come over and train with us during the summer. Gregg had done a terrific job there and this will be a good opportunity for us.”

Can’t make it to the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion to see the meets live? Visit the home page for the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team at for a link to the live results. Admission, as always, is free if interested in attending the meets.

The meet will be run with alternating women’s and men’s races with breaks for 1- and 3-meter diving competitions. The order events will be:

  1. 200 medley relay
  2. 1000 free
  3. 200 free
  4. 100 back
  5. 100 breast
  6. 200 fly
  7. 50 free
  8. 1-meter diving
  9. 100 free
  10. 200 back
  11. 200 breast
  12. 500 free
  13. 100 fly
  14. 3-meter diving
  15. 200 IM
  16. 400 free relay
  17. Platform diving

Junior Ohio State diver Cheyenne Cousineau earned the Big Ten Conference’s Co-Diver of the Week award after her performance in Ohio State’s two wins over Cleveland State and Kenyon this past Friday. The award is Cousineau’s first of her career.

Cousineau, a native of Temperance, Mich., took first on the one-meter springboard with a score 317.05 and she followed with another winning score of 297.50 on the three-meter springboard. Both event scores were NCAA Zone Diving qualifying marks.

The Scarlet and Gray improved to 2-0 to begin the season with a pair of wins over in-state foes Cleveland State and Kenyon at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion last Friday. The Buckeyes defeated the Vikings, 179.00-110.00, and the Ladies, 168.00-119.00, respectively.

Here are some notes from the team’s two dual wins:

  • Under fifth-year head coach Bill Dorenkott, the Buckeyes have now won 21-consecutive dual meets vs. Ohio schools.
  • Eight different Buckeyes posted event wins (two seniors, four juniors, one sophomore and one freshman)
  • Senior Angela Severn claimed two event wins in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.95) and 200 breaststroke (2:18.89), while junior Alex Norris notched victories in the 200 freestyle (1:50.29) and the 200 individual medley relay (2:06.63).
  • The team of Kelly Ann Baird, freshman Annie Lazor, juniorPhoebe Cater and senior Shannon Draves opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay (1:45.94). In her first individual event as a Buckeye, freshman Erin Dunseith continued the winning trend with a first-place finish in the 1000 freestyle.
  • Sophomore transfer Aliena Schmidtke also earned her first career victory as a Buckeye with a solid time of 24.27 in the 50 freestyle.  

The Denison women’s swimming and diving team posted a third-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championship, marking the 16th Top 3 finish in program history.  The Big Red are also defending NCAC champions for the fourth-consecutive year. 

Denison is currently 1-1 on the season, with a win over Malone and a loss to Toledo. The team also took second place at the Kenyon Swimming Relays, finishing just six points behind rival Kenyon with 112 points.

Last season, the Buckeyes powered their way to a win over the Big Red, 234-64. Ohio State hosted the group in a quad meet at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, which also featured Virginia Tech and Cleveland State.

The Buckeyes return to action next weekend with two road duals in a 24-hour period. Ohio State faces Tennessee at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 before facing Ohio at 1 p.m. Nov. 10 in Athens.