Nov. 20, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 19th-ranked Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team (7-1, 1-1 Big Ten) is set for a weekend of competitive action at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Taking place Friday-Sunday, the eighth-annual Ohio State Invitational will feature No. 5 Florida, Kentucky, No. 12 Virginia, No. 16 Purdue, as well as the Buckeyes. Offering a close to the first-half of the season, the NCAA championship-style format will act as preparation for Ohio State’s post-season ambitions.
Competition will begin Friday, Nov. 22 with preliminary races held at 11 a.m., while finals will follow beginning at 6 p.m. Live times, results and invitational information for the meet are available on the Invitational Central page on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Name: 2013 Ohio State Invitational
Facility: Bill & Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Field (five teams):
Ohio State (19)
Friday, Nov. 22
Saturday, Nov. 23
Sunday, Nov. 24
A note from CampusParc:
“When parking in Tuttle Garage, please remember to take your entry ticket with you and pay the parking fee prior to returning to your vehicle. Payment machines are located at the ground floor elevator lobbies.”
The Ohio State Invitational will observe the NCAA three-day Championship Meet Format from the 2013-14 NCAA Swimming and Diving Rule Book. There will be no preliminary heats of the relays, Relays will compete during finals only.
EARNING THEIR LEAVES
Ohio State has positioned itself among the nation’s elite both individually and as a team just a month into the 2013-14 season.
In the 200 freestyle relay, Michelle Williams, Phoebe Cater, Aliena Schmidtke and Annie Jongekrijg finished in 1:34.43 against Virginia Tech, Cleveland State and Denison on Nov. 1, which is currently nationally the 13th-fastest time this season.
Williams also has two highly-ranked times in freestyle events – against Virginia Tech, Cleveland State and Denison, she clocked a 23.11 in the 50 freestyle (24th nationally) and a 50.08 in the 100 freestyle (26th nationally). Other Buckeyes joining the Top 20 include, senior Alex Norris (500 freestyle) and Kelly Ann Baird (1000 freestyle)
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio State split its Big Ten road opener Nov. 8, defeating Northwestern but falling to host Purdue. Building on a season of well-rounded, team-dominated performances, the Buckeyes were led by Kelly Ann Baird, Lindsey Clary and Alex Norris, who each had first-place performances. In addition, Michelle Williams finished second in three events.
The Buckeyes rebounded the next day with an afternoon meet against in-state foe Ohio. Ohio State posted a 193-106 victory over the Bobcats at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The win marked the seventh the squad has earned thus far this season.
SCOUTING THE SWIMMERS
The Florida Gators, ranked fifth, currently hold a 2-2 record for the season. The team’s record, however, should be taken with a grain of salt as the Gators have faced some of the toughest opponents in the nation. Florida has dropped close contests with No. 1 California and No. 2 Georgia. In turn, the Gators have defeated Missouri and No. 18 Alabama. Last season, the team ranked sixth in the final NCAA standings.
Ohio State and Kentucky have already faced once this season. In front of a capacity crowd at Lancaster Aquatics Center, the Buckeyes opened the season in Lexington with a 195-104 victory. Ohio State posted wins in 13 swimming events vs. the Wildcats. Since the meeting, Kentucky has recorded wins over Southern Illinois and Missouri.
Along with the Wildcats, the Buckeyes have also already competed against Purdue. The Boilermakers handed Ohio State its first, and only, loss of the season on their own turf Nov. 8. Undefeated on the season, Purdue has recorded dual wins over Miami (Ohio), Notre Dame and Northwestern. Last season, the squad earned 16th-place at NCAAs.
Twelfth-ranked Virginia is yet another strong program making an appearance in Columbus this weekend. The Cavaliers are hot off a quad-meet sweep of Penn State, Texas and West Virginia. Undefeated thus far this season, Virginia has added victories over Navy and Yale to its winning total. Last season, Virginia placed 18th at NCAAs.
Ohio State maintained a four-year run of top-five Big Ten finishes with a fourth-place effort last season. Adding to that effort were point scorers Kelly Ann Baird, Phoebe Cater, Rachael Dzierzak, Taylor Ford, Kristyn Fulcher, Annie Gillig, Annie Jongekrijg, Katy Luchansky, Alex Norris, Aliena Schmidtke, Ashley Vance and Michelle Williams.
The Buckeyes also bring back four NCAA qualifiers. Cater, Jongekrijg, Norris and Williams will all bring back the experience they gained at the premier national meet.
“We’re a very young team from an experience standpoint,” Dorenkott said. “The girls have done a good job this summer to get a good start from a training perspective, and that I’m very excited about. We have a couple freshmen who are going to end up being pretty darn good and that’s always a positive thing.”
WELCOME COACH SOCHOR
Justin Sochor was named head coach of the Ohio State diving team. Sochor, who was head coach for Team USA at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, this past summer is no stranger to the remarkable Buckeye diving program.
The 2010 USA Diving Junior National Coach of the Year, Sochor transitioned from a three-year stint at the helm of the U.S. Elite Diving Academy to the program manager and head coach of the Ohio State Diving Club in 2010. Sochor, who was a volunteer assistant coach for the Buckeyes from 2007-10, worked closely with former coach Vince Panzano and considers his predecessor as his coaching mentor.
“Mike Peppe, Ron O’Brien and Vince Panzano. For more than 80 years, these three men have created the finest diving community for student-athletes to achieve their highest level of success personally, competitively and academically,” Sochor said. “These coaches have inspired me to continue the tradition of excellence at this great university. I am truly honored and humbled to step forward as the fourth head diving coach of the Buckeyes.”
Most recently, Sochor led the Ohio State Diving Club to back-to-back overall national titles at the 2013 USA Diving Junior National Championships Aug. 10 in Minneapolis, Minn. The OSU boys club also claimed a national championship.
DORENKOTT ACCEPTS FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION
After five years at the helm of the Ohio State women’s swimming program, Bill Dorenkott accepted a five-year contract extension this summer. Announced in late July, the revamped deal will run through 2018.
Under the steady leadership of Dorenkott, the women’s swimming program has solidified a foundation for future success. In just his second season in Columbus, the team finished fifth at the Big Ten championships. The top-five effort represents the highest finish for the program in 13 years. In 2011 and 2012, the progression of the program only continued as the Scarlet and Gray concluded each season in the Top 3 in the conference.
On hiatus for the month of December, Ohio State will not return to competition until a meeting at Toledo on Jan. 11. McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion will welcome back the Buckeyes for a tri-meet with Big Ten foes Michigan and Nebraska Jan. 31.