April 8, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Just weeks into the summer season, two Buckeyes are already making impacts on the international level after competing at the Canadian World Championship Trials last weekend in Victoria, B.C. The success continues for former Buckeye Samantha Cheverton, who has made the Canadian World Championship Team, while junior Michelle Williams is a Team Canada hopeful at the World University Games.

“What a terrific way to kick off our summer season having both Sam and Michelle step up and perform at a high level,” head coach Bill Dorenkott said. “Sam has become a mainstay on the Canadian National Team and Michelle is knocking on the door. Helping athletes pursue their international goals is one of the best parts of our profession. Ohio State Athletics plays well on the world stage.”

Cheverton, a 2012 Olympian and former member of the of the Ohio State program from 2007-11, earned her spot after finishing second in the 200m freestyle (1:58.80) and fourth in the 100m freestyle (55.67).  A 2011 Big Ten Champion, Cheverton also finished second in the 400m freestyle (4:10.82). After receiving her degree in psychology in 2010, Cheverton has continued to train at Ohio State, earning her third-consecutive National A Team selection.

Williams, a two-time All-Big Ten selection and NCAA qualifier, had a breakout meet last weekend. She finished seventh in the 100m freestyle after qualifying for fifth in the heat with a 55.90 effort. Williams then placed sixth in the 50m freestyle with a personal-best time of 25.90 – marking the first time the Buckeye has cracked 26 seconds. With her performance, Williams is a Team Canada hopeful at the World University Games this summer in Russia.

Results of the 2013 Canadian World Championships Trials can be found here.

2013 Canadian world Championships Trials
Victoria, B.C.
April 3-6, 2013

Finals Results: 200m freestyle – 2. Cheverton (1:58.80); 100m freestyle – 4. Cheverton (55.67), 7. Williams (56.11); 400m freestyle – 2. Cheverton (4:10.82); 50m freestyle ­ – 6. Williams (25.90).