COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team is in seventh-place after the second of four days of Big Ten championship competition at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind. The Buckeyes have 139.5 points and are only 11 points out of fifth-place in the standings.
Minnesota and Michigan have each overtaken defending Big Ten champion Indiana, which held the Day 1 lead. Minnesota has 204.5 points with Michigan second with 195.5 and IU third with 191 points. Purdue is fourth with 182 points. Wisconsin and Penn State are just ahead of the Buckeyes with 150.5 and 144 points, respectively.
“This was a very good night of racing,” Ohio State coach Bill Dorenkott said. “We had an average morning but a stellar evening. We were pressing in a lot of our morning swims and over-swimming the front half of them. Tonight, though, we swam with more control and confidence and this will set us up very well for tomorrow morning’s preliminaries.
“Success breeds confidence and, in turn, bigger goals. Tomorrow we will have more confidence in our training and the game plan and thereby we won’t press. We’ll just swim our race.”
Two Ohio State individual school records and one relay mark fell Thursday. Junior Samantha Cheverton, who holds five school records in individual events, broke her own 500 freestyle mark with a 4:43.16 time, good for a tie for fifth-place and 13.5 points.
“Sam’s 500 swim was, top-to-bottom, the finest swim so far in my two seasons at Ohio State,” Dorenkott said. “She was poised throughout. She got to the 350-yard mark and then pushed through the pain for one heck of a swim.”
Freshman Megan Detro broke the first of what may be a handful of school records in her career with a 22.73 clocking in the finals of the 50 freestyle. Her time was also good for a fifth-place finish.
“Megan’s swim was a Top 8 effort by a freshman,” Dorenkott said. “You don’t have freshmen step in and make an immediate impact in the Big Ten, but this is simply the beginning for Megan as she will continue to get better.”
The 200 freestyle relay team became the third Ohio State relay in as many tries to set a school mark at this championship. Detro was a part of this all-freshman record-setting bunch for her fourth individual or relay record of the meet. Joining her on the eighth-place finishing team was Jackie Brousseau, Lauren Massey and Kimberly Bowman.
Junior Katelyn Brix just missed breaking her own school record in the 200 individual medley. Her time of 2:00.47 was 12-hundredths off the record she set at this meet last year, but it was good for a 10th place finish, which does establish a personal best finish for her at the championships.
Sophomore diver Bianca Alvarez returned to the championships in style after red-shirting the 2009 season. She finished second on the 1-meter springboard while senior teammate Chelsea Davis was seventh. The diving duo combined to score a big, 29 points for the Buckeyes.
The meet continues with seven more finals Friday. Live, streaming video footage of the competition is being provided by Purdue Athletics. View the meet by clicking here.
Swimming and Diving
Women’s Big Ten Championships
West Lafayette, Ind.
Day 2 Team Scores: 1. Minnesota 204.5; 2. Michigan 195.5; 3. Indiana 191; 4. Purdue 182; 5. Wisconsin 150.5; 6. Penn State 144; 7. Ohio State 139.5; 8. Northwestern 101; 9. Iowa 63; 9. Michigan State 50; 11. Illinois 27.
200 free relay – 1. Wisconsin (1:28.97); 8. Brousseau, Detro, Massey, Bowman, Ohio State (1:32.05); 500 freestyle – 1. Steenvoorden, Minn. (4:39.47); T5. Cheverton, Ohio State (4:43.16); 200 IM – Kelly, Mich. (1:56.01); 10. Brix, Ohio State (2:00.47); 50 free – 1. Thompson, Wisc (22.23); 5. Detro, Ohio State (22.73); 1-meter diving – 1. Bryant, Minn. (348.20); 2. Alvarez, Ohio State (326.75).