Feb. 19, 2013
No. 20 Ohio State at 2013 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships
Feb. 20-23, 2013
University Aquatic Center
TV: BTN (Tape Delay – March 3 at 10:30 a.m. ET)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After months of preparation, the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team is set to compete at the 2013 Big Ten Conference Championships at University of Minnesota. The four-day meet begins Wednesday evening with two relay finals and extends through Saturday evening at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
“It’s hard for me to believe that it is already the middle of February,” head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott said. “I’ve enjoyed coaching this group as much as any group I’ve ever coached. That being said, they’ve done everything we have asked and I expect us to go to Minnesota and be outstanding. We have high hopes for this squad.”
LAST TIME AT THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Buckeyes finished third at the 2012 Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, Iowa, after compiling and undefeated dual meet record of 10-0. The squad placed third at the conference championships for the second-consecutive season. Highlighting the meet was Shannon Draves, who took the Big Ten crown in the 200 butterfly with a varsity record time of 1:56:35. With her performance, Draves was named a first team All-Big Ten selection. The Buckeyes also return six members that were named second team honorees, including Phoebe Cater, Emily Creran, Megan Detro, Kelsey Moran, Angela Severn and Michelle Williams.
A RICH BIG TEN HISTORY
Ohio State has won five team Big Ten Championships – consecutive between 1982-86 under coach Jim Montrella. The Buckeyes also have won 83 Big Ten swimming, diving and relay titles. The breakdown:
The Buckeyes, under fifth-year swimming coach Bill Dorenkott and 35th-year diving coach Vince Panzano, are coming off a 10-2 dual meet season and a 3-1 Big Ten dual record. The team placed third overall at the Ohio State Invitational Dec. 2 in Columbus, while placing first at the Northwestern Invitational Feb. 2 in Evanston, Ill. Last summer, the Buckeyes sent a program-record 15 swimmers to the U.S Olympic Trials.
RANKED ALL YEAR
The Buckeyes have been ranked all season in the CSCAA Division I Team Rankings and are 20th in the final poll released Monday. Minnesota (10-0, Big Ten 6-0) leads the Big Ten at No. 12 followed by No. 13 Indiana (5-4, 2-1 Big Ten), No. 17 Wisconsin (7-7, 4-3 Big Ten), No. 21 Michigan (5-4, 4-2 Big Ten) and No. 24 Penn State (6-2, 1-0 Big Ten).
Ohio State will enter the championships with all five of its relays among the Big Ten’s Top 5 and two relays – 200 medley and 400 medley – are the fastest in the conference to date. The Buckeyes are third in both the 400 freestyle and 800 freestyle, respectively, and fifth in the 200 freestyle relay.
Ohio State swimmers have achieved an NCAA “B” cut in the following events:
TOP TIME NOTES
COUSINEAU CLAIMS FOURTH WEEKLY AWARD
Redshirt sophomore Ohio State diver Cheyenne Cousineau earned the Big Ten Conference’s Diver of the Week Award for the fourth time in 2012-13, the conference office announced Jan. 22. The award also is Cousineau’s fourth of her career.
Cousineau, a native of Temperance, Mich., claimed first-place finishes in Ohio State’s dual meet at Michigan last weekend. She won the one-meter springboard with a total score of 318.60, while earning first on the three-meter with 304.05 total points. Cousineau becomes the first women’s diver to earn four weekly honors in a single season since Maggie Keefer of Minnesota claimed four laurels in 2011-12.
Buckeye fans, log on to OhioStateBuckeyes.com to read a Q&A story featuring Cousineau.
NORRIS NAMED OHIO STATE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Junior Alex Norris was named Ohio State Athlete of the Week Jan. 29 after she finished first in the 1650 freestyle with an NCAA “B” time of 16.25.61 to help the Buckeyes defeat Cincinnati 171-115 Jan. 26 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The race marked the first time Norris, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, has swam the event in her Buckeye career. Norris, who qualified for her second-consecutive NCAA championship in 2012, competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200 and 400 freestyle events.