March 30, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Samantha Cheverton, a former member of the Ohio State women’s swimming team, secured a spot on the Canadian Olympic team with a second-place finish in the 200m free Thursday night at the 2012 Canadian Olympic Trials held in Montreal. Cheverton and Team Canada will compete at the 2012 London Olympics, July 27-August 12.

After opening the meet with a fifth-place finish in the 400m free Tuesday, Cheverton rebounded Wednesday and qualified second for the 200m finals with a preliminary time of 1:59.37. She returned to the pool Thursday and clocked an Ohio State long course record time of 1:57.98 to finish second and grab a place on the national team.

“Samantha swam a brilliant race in the 200 free and was tough as nails from start to finish,” Bill Dorenkott, head women’s swimming coach, said. “Her ability to rebound quickly following the 400 free and put it together for the 200 free is a hallmark of a champion. No, it is the hallmark of an Olympian.”

With her second-place finish, Cheverton will represent Canada in the 200m free and will also swim as a member of the 800m free relay. Cheverton, a member of the Ohio State program from 2007-11, finished her degree in psychology in December of 2010 and is training with the Buckeyes at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

The Lacine, Quebec, product becomes the program’s ninth Olympian on the swimming portion of the pool events and joins the 102 former Buckeyes that have represented Ohio State Aquatics at the Olympics. Former Buckeye Gulsah Gunenc (2003-07) was the most recent Ohio State Olympian, representing Turkey at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“This is a significant step in our program’s evolution,” Dorenkott said. “It does not happen without the amazing resources provided by The Ohio State University for our student-athletes. It does not happen without the support, encouragement and training partners from her team over the past five years at Ohio State. We celebrate one of our own today as she is both a Buckeye and an Olympian for life.”

Also competing at the Canadian Olympic Trials is current sophomore Michelle Williams. The Toronto native is set to swim in the 100m free Saturday and 50m free Sunday. Williams is looking for a top 4 finish in the 100 free to lock up one of four spots on the 400m free relay team.

Fifteen Buckeyes will compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, June 25-July 2. The eight-day event will be held at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

Ohio State Aquatic Olympians: By The Numbers
103 – Total Olympians
52 – Men’s Swimming Olympians
23 – Diving Olympians
19 – Synchronized Swimming Olympians
9 – Women’s Swimming Olympians

U.S. Olympic Team Trial Participants
Kelly Ann Baird (Sophomore) – 400 free, 800 free, 200 back
Jackie Brousseau (Senior) – 100 breast, 200 breast
Emily Creran (Junior) – 100 back, 200 back, 200 IM
Mary Sarah Cruzan (Sophomore) – 200 Back
Megan Detro (Junior) – 50 free, 100 free
Shannon Draves (Junior) – 100 fly, 200 fly
Catherine Eitel (Senior) – 100 breast
Kristyn Fulcher (Sophomore) – 400 IM, 200 Back
Lauren Massey (Junior) – 100 back, 200 Back
Kelsey Moran (Junior) – 100 back, 200 back, 100 fly
Natalie Nichols (Senior) – 400 free
Alex Norris (Sophomore) – 200 free, 400 free
Angela Severn (Junior) – 400 IM, 200 IM
Kelly Titus (Sophomore) – 400 IM, 400 free
Ashley Vance (Freshman) – 200 IM