March 7, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio –A total of nine Ohio State swimmers have been invited to the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships March 21-23 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. The Indiana Sports Corporation and IUPUI will serve as the co-hosts.

“Our goal is to compete on an annual basis with the best athletes in the world at the NCAA Championships,” head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott said “We are grateful for the opportunity to represent Ohio State in Indianapolis.”

Representing the Buckeyes will be:  Alex Norris: 500 freestyle, 800 freestyle relay;  Emily Creran: 200 backstroke; Shannon Draves: 200 butterfly, 200 medley relay,400 medley relay; Kelsey Moran: 100 backstroke, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay; Angela Severn: 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay; Phoebe Cater: 800 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay ; Annie Jongekrijg: 400 freestyle relay, 200 freestyle relay, 800 freestyle relay;  Michelle Williams: 200 freestyle relay,400 freestyle relay, 400 medley relay; and Kelly Ann Baird is listed as an alternate in the 1650 freestyle.

Creran, a native of Haddonfield, N.J., posted an OSU varsity record time of 1:53.62 in the 200 backstroke at the team’s Last Chance Meet March 3 to punch her ticket to Indianapolis, while Draves, a native of Gilbertsville, Pa., defended her Big Ten title in the 200 butterfly with an OSU varsity record time of 1:55.12 to earn her spot in the NCAA championships. Overall, the breakdown is four seniors, four juniors and one sophomore for the Scarlet and Gray. Ohio State has now sent 24 swimmers under Dorenkott.

A total of 322 participants (281 swimmers and 41 divers) will compete in the championships. Student-athletes qualified for the swimming portion of the championships by meeting the established minimum time for the events in which they entered. Divers will be determined by performances achieved at the Zone Diving meets March 11-17. The complete list of all swimmers competing in the championships is available at Selected divers will be added to the website on Sunday, March 17. will stream finals sessions on Friday and Saturday live. Additionally, ESPNU will air a 90-minute show at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 27.