July 28, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Samantha Cheverton and Michelle Williams helped add to Canada’s medal total this past weekend at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. Cheverton swam on the silver-medal winning 4×200 freestyle relay while Williams earned a bronze medal as part of the 4×100 freestyle relay.
Cheverton, a 2011 Ohio State alumnus who represented Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, led off the 4×200 free relay. It finished in a time of 7:51.67. She also went a lifetime best in the 200 freestyle (seventh, 1:57.7) for her fastest time, eclipsing her London 2012 effort when she finished 12th.
Williams, a first-time member of the Canadian National Team Team who completed her Buckeye eligibility in 2014, had a 54.6 split in the 4×100 free relay, improving on her time of 54.9 in the prelims. It was the fastest split of any of her teammates on the relay. She also had strong showings in the 50 freestyle and 50 butterfly, earning a ninth place finish in each event.
The Australian team set the world record in the 4×100 free relay in the same heat as Williams.
“We are unbelievably proud of Sam and Michelle for their efforts and successes on the international stage,” said head coach Bill Dorenkott. “When you are a young athlete you dream of representing your country someday. That day is today. And, Sam and Michelle both delivered podium worthy performances for Canada when the lights were the brightest. The best part of this process is that young women will grow up knowing that they can fulfill their academic and athletic goals wearing the Scarlet and Gray.”
Both Cheverton and Williams will be swimming later this summer at the Pan Pac Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.
Incoming freshman Zara Bailey, racing for Jamaica, took 11th in the 400 individual medley and 16th in the 200 breaststroke. She also competed in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke.