By Jill Lockhart, two-time Ohio State swimming team captain
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior butterflyer Anita Beck, senior freestyler Samantha Cheverton, junior freestyler Lisa Narum, sophomore backstroker Emily Creran and sophomore freestyler Megan Detro have been named captains of the 2010-11women’s swimming team. The group was selected by a team vote and with the final input from third-year head coach Bill Dorenkott. The five will lead a team of 35 swimmers and divers and all are first-year captains.
“We place a great deal of value in the leadership of our program by those within the program,” Dorenkott said. “We are confident that these young ladies will embrace the responsibility of serving their teammates in their leadership roles. Our staff is committed to providing these young ladies and future team leaders with the tools to succeed both now and in the future.”
Beck is from Cincinnati, Ohio and is a graduate of Anderson High School. She has scored points at the last three Big Ten championships and was a member of the school-record breaking 400 and 800 freestyle relays at the 2010 Big Ten championships.
Cheverton, coming off a terrific summer of swimming that included her competing for Canada at the Pan Pacific championships, is from Lachine, Quebec. She has scored points at the last two Big Ten championships and was a 2010 NCAA qualifier. She is a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, two-time Academic All-Big Ten Honoree, and three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Creran is from Haddonfield, N.J., and is a graduate of Haddonfield Memorial High School. She scored points at the 2010 Big Ten championships and is an OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Detro is from Carmel, Ind., and is a graduate of Carmel High School. She scored points in five events at the 2010 Big Ten championships and is an OSU Scholar-Athlete. She set school records in the 50 and 100 freestyle events last year as a freshman.
Narum is from Plesanton, Calif., and is a graduate of Foothill High School. She was a member of the record-breaking 800 free relay at the 2010 Big Ten championships. She was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree in 2010 and she is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
This group of student-athletes represents the diversity of the women’s swim team. Dorenkott has split the team into five different training groups in this early part of the season – sprint, long-sprint, mid-distance, mid-long, and distance – and these training groups are almost all represented by the captains. Having this diversity will help the captains lead their team to success.
“Together we make one mega-leader,” Creran said. “Each of us brings something to the table that another might lack, which is perfect for the team members because they will get all aspects of leadership from us.”
The five captains also represent the diversity of the team outside the water. The team has an assortment of personalities that range from the quiet laid-back style of Beck and Cheverton to the loud techno-pumping style of Narum and Detro. This feature of the group of captains will help them lead the team in many ways.
“With this group of captains, there is a lot of diversity in personality and the way of leading which will make for an awesome year,” Detro said. “Some of the captains are vocal leaders, others lead by examples, and some are enforcers, encourages, and so on. I think this will help our team succeed this year because everyone has a leader that can help them,” Detro said.
It may still be early in the swimming and diving season, however, the five captains are looking at the whole season for setting goals for the team.
“We want to have a strong representation at the Big Ten Conference meet,” Creran said. “We also hope to have many of our swimmers represent Ohio State at the NCAA level.”