Nov. 8, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team will hit the road for the first time in 2012, competing in back-to-back away duals in a 24-hour period. The Buckeyes (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to face No. 8 Tennessee at 2 p.m. Friday in a co-ed meet before traveling to compete at Ohio at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Fifth-year head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott is excited to see his team in action on the road highlighted Friday with a meet against a Top 10 opponent, while seeing where the team is at on a conditional basis.

“I think we have a lot of depth this season,” head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott said. “We expect it to be competitive and a great opportunity to see where we are as a team this weekend. To be successful in the postseason, it’s important to be consistent and to have to go back-to-back meets this weekend was very purposeful for us setting a schedule.”

The Scarlet and Gray improved to 3-0 overall in 2012 after defeating Denison, 178.5-110.5, last Friday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

Junior Kelly Titus led the way in the 200 freestyle, posting a win in a time of 1:52.01. Ohio State also took the 100 backstroke event with senior Lauren Massey and junior Kelly Ann Baird taking the Top 2 spots. Lauren Massey dropped a time of 57.59, while Baird touched in 58.33. With her second win of the night, Titus posted a win in the 200 breaststroke in 2:19.57. Senior Alex Norris also added to her win total with a first-place showing in the 100 butterfly (57.13). In the 200 individual medley, senior Shannon Draves touched first in 2:06.83.

In diving, last week’s Big Ten Diver of the Week Cheyenne Cousineau recorded a win on the 1-meter springboard with 315.90 points.


Junior Ohio State diver Cheyenne Cousineau earned the Big Ten Conference’s Diver of the Week Award for the second-consecutive week, the conference office announced Tuesday. The award also is Cousineau’s second of her career.

Cousineau, a native of Temperance, Mich., took first on the one-meter springboard with a score 315.90. The event score was a NCAA Zone Diving qualifying mark. Her wins helped the Buckeyes cruise to a 178.5-110.50 win over Denison to improve to 3-0 in 2012.

Ranked eighth in the first CSCAA Division I women’s swimming and diving poll, the Tennessee women have started the season 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the SEC.

Two of the group’s wins came recorded over ranked opponents – No. 13 Indiana and No. 19 Louisville. Last season, Tennessee finished second in the SEC, as well as seventh at the NCAA championships.

With a new class of six freshmen, the Ohio University women’s swimming and diving team was topped by Eastern Michigan, 168-132, in its opening meet. The Bobcats lead through the first 10 events of the day but Eastern Michigan won the final six to earn a comeback victory.

The Buckeyes took down Ohio last season in a dual meet at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. At the meet, seven different Buckeyes won at least one individual race. Ohio State was also strong in the diving competition, with Cheyenne Cousineau placing first on the 1-meter dive.

The Buckeyes will take the next two weeks off to prepare for