COLUMBUS, Ohio – While 11 of their teammates are getting ready to compete this week at the ConocoPhillips U.S. National Championships, seniors-to-be Samantha Cheverton and Anita Beck have wrapped up their competitive week at the Canadian Senior Nationals held in Victoria, British Columbia.
Cheverton, from Lachine, Quebec, capped her week with a third-place, personal-best swim of 4:12.00 in the 400 freestyle that earned her a spot on the Canadian National “A” Team and qualified her for the Pan Pacific Championships Aug. 18-22 in Irvine, Calif. Cheverton, who has been training in Columbus under the direction of coach Bill Dorenkott, had never been below 4:18 in the 400 free and thus carved six seconds off her personal best.
“Stefanie [assistant coach Stefanie Williams] and I could not be more proud of Sam,” Dorenkott said. “Not only was her time a personal best and an Ohio State long course varsity record, but it also ranks her in the Top 40 in the world.”
Dorenkott also thinks Cheverton, a psychology major who shines in the classroom and has twice been named a Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar, may still swim faster this summer.
“The opportunity to train student-athletes who compete at the highest levels of our sport is exactly why Stefanie and I came to Ohio State,” Dorenkott said. “Representing one’s country on the international level is special, indeed. I believe that Sam has faster swims in her this summer and she will continue to shine at Pan Pac’s. Ultimately our goal is to put Sam in a position to go the best swims of her career in London.”
London is the site of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Beck, who is from Cincinnati but has Canadian heritage and thus was able to compete at the Canadian Nationals, chose to compete in British Columbia because of the number of events she would be able to swim vs. the number she would have swam this week at the U.S. National Championships.
With competing as the goal, Beck also had a successful meet. She swam in no less than five individual events: the 100, 200 and 400 freestyle events and the 100 and 200 butterfly.
Way to go Bucks!