COLUMBUS, Ohio – The first two events of the 2010 Women’s Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships are in the books and the Ohio State Buckeyes have already set three school records and stand in sixth-place. The championships continue Thursday with five more events at the Purdue Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind.
Defending Big Ten champion Indiana holds the first-night lead with 72 points. Minnesota (64) and Purdue, Michigan and Wisconsin (all with 62 points) are the top five teams. Ohio State has 54 points.
“I think our times speak really well in this post-tech-suit era,” second-year coach Bill Dorenkott said. “We went faster than a year ago [when the teams were wearing the high tech suits] and that is significant.”
The Buckeyes opened the meet with a sixth-place effort in the 200 medley relay. The youthful team of freshman Kelsey Moran, sophomore Catherine Eitel, freshman Shannon Draves and freshman Megan Detro set a new school record – for the second time this season – with a time of 1:40.26.
“We were 11th in this event last year,” Dorenkott said, “so I was pleased with our effort but I do believe this relay is faster than what it showed.”
The second event of the evening was the 800 freestyle relay and the team of junior Samantha Cheverton, junior Anita Beck, Detro and sophomore Lisa Narum placed fifth in another school-record time of 7:09.25. Cheverton’s leadoff swim of 1:46.40 also was a new school record.
“We were third through the first 750 yards but then we got passed a couple of times in the last 50,” Dorenkott said. “Still, this time will be on the bubble for the NCAA championships and we’ll just have to wait until the invites come out to see if it gets in.”
Swimming and Diving
Women’s Big Ten Championships
West Lafayette, Ind.
Team Scores: 1. Indiana 72; 2. Minnesota 64; 3. Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan 62; 6. Ohio State 54; 7. Northwestern 50; 8. Penn State 46; 9. Iowa 36; 10. Michigan State 28; 11. Illinois 12.
Results: 200 medley relay – 1. Wisconsin (1:37.34); 6. Moran, Eitel, Draves, Detro, Ohio State (1:40.26); 800 free relay – 1. Indiana (7:06.66); 5. Cheverton, Beck, Detro, Narum (7:09.25).