COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four senior swimmers on the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team closed out their careers at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on a winning note as the Buckeyes defeated Michigan State, 178-114, for their seventh win of the season against just one defeat. A fifth senior – diver Katie Bell – was also part of the honors for the day but she’ll have one more McCorkle moment as a Buckeye: the NCAA diving zone championships March 11-13.
Less than 24 hours after competing in Ann Arbor, Mich., against No. 15 Michigan the Buckeyes, one could say in honor of the seniors, rode a team effort to the win. Eight different Buckeyes swam to individual event victories and both relays were also victorious.
Sophomore Megan Detro captured both the 50 and 100 freestyle events and was the only double event swimming winner. Junior diver Bianca Alvarez was also a double winner, including setting a new McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion record on 3-meter with a score of 420. She was joined in victory by freshman Beth Defauw, who had a blowout win in the 1000 freestyle in 10:14.36, senior Samantha Cheverton (100 backstroke), sophomore Darcy Fishback (200 fly), freshman Libby Hunsche (200 back), junior Lisa Narum (200 breaststroke), freshman Alex Norris (500 freestyle) and Emily Creran (200 individual medley).
The all-sophomore 200 medley relay team of Kelsey Moran, Angela Severn, Shannon Draves and Detro opened the meet with a win in 1:43.59. And the 200 free relay team of Michelle Williams, Detro, Phoebe Cater and Anita Beck won in 1:23.20.
But let’s get back to the seniors, a group that includes Shelby Gordon and Morgan Menzie in addition to Cheverton, Beck and Bell. The four swimmers were the last remaining swimmers on the team who experienced a coaching change during their careers and even though it may not have always been easy, they handled the change with grace and class and they will always be heroes in the eyes of Dorenkott and his assistant coach, Stefanie Williams.
“This group of seniors has been excellent role models for change, for growth and for leadership,” the third-year coach Dorenkott said. “Twenty-five years from now this group will still see their fingerprints on the program. The swimmers mean a lot to me and I will be forever grateful to them. They had to deal with more changes as a class than any other class I’ve worked with.”
The seniors all thrived through their experiences, and all all have had accomplished careers at Ohio State. Let’s meet them:
Up next: the Buckeyes will take part in the Shamrock Invite next weekend at the University of Notre Dame.
Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
Team Scores: Ohio State 178, Michigan State 114
Ohio State Event Winners: 200 medley relay – Moran, Severn, Draves, Detro, 1:43.59; 1000 freestyle – Defauw, 10:14.36; 200 freestyle – Detro, 1:50.12; 100 backstroke – Cheverton, 57.27; 200 butterfly – Fishback, 2:02.58; 3-meter diving – Alvarez, 420.68; 100 freestyle – Detro (51.07); 1-meter diving – Alvarez, 344.70; 200 backstroke – Hunsche, 2:04.46; 200 breaststroke – Narum, 2:23.77; 500 freestyle – Norris, 4:55.28; 200 individual medley – Creran, 2:07.92; 200 free relay – Williams, Detro, Cater, Beck, 1:23.20.