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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team will cruise down Route 33 to Athens, Ohio, Friday for its first road meet of the season: a 5 p.m. dual meet against the Ohio Bobcats at the Ohio University Aquatic Center.

The Buckeyes, under the direction of third-year swimming coach Bill Dorenkott and 33rd-year diving coach Vince Panzano, are 3-0 so far this season with wins over Kenyon, Cleveland State and Denison. Dorenkott expects Ohio to provide his squad with a most-competitive opponent.

“Bragging rights are on the line any time you have two conferences competing against each other,” Dorenkott said. “We intend to represent Ohio State and the Big Ten to the best of our ability.”

Ohio, under the direction of 16th-year coach Greg Werner, is 2-1 so far this season. Ohio was third at the 2010 Mid American Conference championships and has won 10 MAC titles, most recently in 2008. Warner is just four wins shy of 200 for his career.

Live Meet Scoring

It was unclear at the time of this writing if Ohio would be utilizing live meet scoring for those interested in viewing results online. Visit OhioBobcats.com and noodle around to their women’s swimming and diving schedule page at the meet start time to see if live scoring is available.   

Nationally Ranked

Ohio State is ranked 21st in the first College Swimming Coaches Association of America Top 25 poll of the season. The Buckeyes are one of six Big Ten Conference schools to be ranked. Ohio University is receiving votes.

Travel Team

Dorenkott, and assistant swimming coach Stefanie Williams, are working with their largest team in terms of numbers (33 swimmers) since arriving, and that means every swimmer won’t be travelling on the road this season. And, oddly enough, that’s a good thing.

“This is our first season since coming to Ohio State where we have had the good fortune of being more selective with our travel squad,” Dorenkott said. “It has made for outstanding competition in workouts, some of the most purposeful training I have seen in 20 years coaching collegiately and a real sense of urgency on the part of our student-athletes.”

So Far This Season

Ohio State has really not been tested in the pool yet this season (from an overall won/loss perspective) and the team’s depth has been a big reason. Ten different swimmers have combined for 17 individual race wins with senior Samantha Cheverton leading the way with three wins and five individuals right behind with a pair of wins apiece.

2010 Multiple Winners:

3 – Samantha Cheverton (200 fly vs. Kenyon; 1,000 free & 200 back vs. CSU and Denison);

2 – Anita Beck (1,000 free and 500 free vs. Kenyon):

2 – Kelly Ann Baird (200 free and 500 free vs. Kenyon);

2 – Catherine Eitel (100 breaststroke vs. Kenyon; 200 breaststroke vs. CSU and Denison);

2 – Phoebe Cater (100 free and 100 fly vs. Kenyon); and

2 – Megan Detro (200 free and 100 free vs. CSU and Denison).

Youthful Enthusiasm

While there is an equal number of multiple event winners among the senior-junior classes and the freshman-sophomore classes, the impact of the two newer classes should not be overlooked. Right now freshmen and/or sophomores hold six of the fastest event times (out of 12 events) and in all six events swimmers from those classes have the top two times.

“The dynamics of our team this year are such that we have a great deal of talent and depth in our underclass,” Dorenkott said. “That being said, there is a learning curve to being a successful collegiate student-athlete. We have purposefully designed a season so that the challenges grow from week to week. And this week: Ohio University represents our biggest challenge to date.”

Divers On Board

Senior Kristen Asman and junior Bianca Alvarez, who went 1-2 on the 1- and 3-meter boards last week with Asman taking first on 1-meter and Alvarez winning on 3-meter, are expected to compete against the Bobcats’ divers. Senior Katy Bell is still recovering from a prior injury and freshman Cheyenne Cousineau will be red-shirting the 2010-11 season.

Five Team Captains

The Buckeyes are captained in the pool by five swimmers: seniors Anita Beck and Samantha Cheverton; junior Lisa Narum; and sophomores Emily Creran and Megan Detro.

Returning Scorers

Ohio State is coming off its best finish at a Big Ten Championships – fifth – in 13 years. Leading returnees for the Buckeyes in the pool will be NCAA qualifiers Samantha Cheverton and Shannon Draves. The team also returns 12 individuals who scored points at the 2010 Big Ten championships, including multiple-event finalists Cheverton (200 back, 200 free and 500 free), Draves (100 and 200 butterfly) and Kelsey Moran (100 and 200 backstroke).  

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