SAN FRANCISCO – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team capped its finest season in nearly 20 years Saturday with a 17th-place finish at the 2011 NCAA championships. The Buckeyes totaled 64 points at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the campus of the University of Texas and in the process had its highest team finish in 16 years, or since the 1994-95 team placed 16th overall.
Further adding to the outstanding effort at this championships for swimming coach Bill Dorenkott and assistant Stefanie Williams, and diving coach Vince Panzano, was the fact that six different Buckeyes earned All-America honors, a total that is third-most in school history behind the 15 honorees in 1982 and the seven in 1983.
Saturday, the 400 freestyle relay team of Samantha Cheverton, Megan Detro, Anita Beck and Alex Norris earned honorable mention All-America honors for the second time during this championships by finishing 14th in 3:17.50. The four were also honorable mention All-Americans as part of the 800 free relay that finished 10th Friday.
Senior diver Katie Bell closed out her career with an honorable mention All-American effort on the 10-meter platform, finishing 10th with327.70 points. Bell is the second diver to be so honored this year as junior Bianca Alvarez was All-American on both the 1- and 3-meter springboard events.
In individual swimming events Saturday, two Buckeyes were 22nd: Emily Creran in the 200 backstroke in 1:55.30 and Megan Detro in the 100 free in 49.01. Angela Severn also competed in an individual event Saturday, moving up one spot from her seed time in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:16.00.
California won the NCAA championship with 424 points. Georgia was second with 394.5 and USC (351), Stanford (272) and Arizona (266.6) rounded out the top five. Ohio State was fourth among the eight Big Ten teams that scored points at the championships. Minnesota was ninth, Wisconsin 11th and Indiana 15th.
2011 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships
Final Team Results: 1. California (424); 2. Georga 394.5; 3. USC 351; 4. Stanford 272; 5. Arizona 266; 6. Texas 232; 7. Florida 226; 8. Auburn 202; 9. Minnesota 192; 10. Texas A&M 182. Also: 11. Wisconsin 160; 15. Indiana 86.5; 17. Ohio State 64; 25. Purdue 36; 30. Iowa and Michigan 13; 35. Penn State 10.
Event Winners: 1650 freestyle – Trott, Georgia (15:40.32); 200 backstroke – 1. Meyer, Wisconsin (1:50.76); 22. Creran, Ohio State (1:55.30); 100 freestyle – 1. Vanderpool-Wall, Auburn (47.07); 22. Detro, Ohio State (49.01); 200 breaststroke – 1. Spencer, Minn. (2:06.12); 200 butterfly – Hosszu, USC (1:51.69); 10-meter platform – 1. Viola, Miami (354.25) ; 10. Bell, Ohio State (327.70); 400 freestyle relay – 1. Georgia (3:11.03); 14. Cheverton, Detro, Beck, Norris, Ohio State (3:17.50).