COLUMBUS, Ohio – Members of the Ohio State women’s swimming team who are seeking to improve NCAA qualification times will compete Sunday at noon at the Ohio State “last chance” meet at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Swimmers from Michigan and Toledo will also be vying to improve times that will pull them into the NCAA championships field.
The 2011 NCAA championships are March 17-19 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas. Buckeyes looking to make the championships field this weekend and are on the bubble of qualifying include the following.
There will be additional swims by other Buckeyes on Sunday, but four who won’t swim are seniors Samantha Cheverton (Lachine, Quebec) and Anita Beck (Cincinnati, Ohio), sophomore Megan Detro (Carmel, Ind.) and freshman Alex Norris (Cincinnati, Ohio). These four have qualified for the NCAA championships as part of two relays – the 400 freestyle relay and the 800 freestyle relay – that third-year coach Bill Dorenkott is confident will get pulled into the NCAA field.
The four scoffed at the school record in the 800 free relay last weekend at Big Tens, smashing the one-year-old mark by nearly seven seconds to finish second in a time of 7:02.64. The time, the fourth-fastest in the country, was approximately one-half second from the NCAA “A” standard of 7:02.07. Beck led off with Cheverton, Detro and Norris following.
And then they closed out the finest Big Ten championships in 17 years for Ohio State – the team finished third – by demolishing the school 400 free relay record with a time of 3:16.10 that took over four seconds off the old mark. This relay, with Cheverton leading off and followed by Detro, Beck and Norris, also finished second and got to within about two strokes of the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 3:14.93.
This weekend, the four NCAA qualifiers will have to be content to watch and cheer on their teammates as they try to blow by their NCAA “B” times and turn them into “A” times.