COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team picked up its fifth win of the season, and its first in the Big Ten Conference, with a 152-91 win Friday over Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. The win improved the nation’s 28th-ranked team in the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association Poll to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes return home to face Michigan at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Admission is free.
Eight different Buckeyes won individual events Friday, including divers Bianca Alvarez and Chelsea Davis, who won on the 3-meter and 1-meter springboard events, respectively. Ohio State also took first in the 400 medley relay to open the meet with Samantha Cheverton, Colleen Schweitzer, Shannon Draves and Lauren Massey posting a winning time of 3:49.30.
Freshman Angela Severn staked the Buckeyes to a quick early lead by winning the 1000 freestyle in 10:22.93. The win was the second for Severn as a collegian and her first since winning the 200 freestyle Oct. 30 vs. Kenyon.
Buckeye juniors won three of the next four races to put the Scarlet and Gray in command of the meet. Anita Beck won the 200 freestyle in 1:51.99. Katelyn Brix was first in the 200 individual medley in 2:06.80. And Samantha Cheverton won her team-best 11th race of the season with a first-place effort in the 100 butterfly in 55.72.
Freshman Megan Detro and sophomore Catherine Eitel closed out the Buckeye wins. Detro won the 100 backstroke in 57.99 while Eitel won the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.09.
Friday, Jan. 22, 2010
East Lansing, Mich.
Team Scores: 1. Ohio State 152; 2. Michigan State 91
Ohio State Event Winners: 400 medley relay – Cheverton, Schweitzer, Draves, Massey (3:49.30); 1000 freestyle – Angela Severn (10:22.93); 200 freestyle – Anita Beck (1:51.99); 200 individual medley – Katelyn Brix (2:06.80); 100 butterfly – Samantha Cheverton (55.72); 100 backstroke – Megan Detro (57.99); 100 breaststroke – Catherine Eitel (1:05.09); 1-meter diving – Chelsea Davis (307.94); 3-meter diving – Bianca Alvarez (366.97).