SAN FRANCISCO – Another fine day in the water at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Texas has Ohio State retaining 16th-place after the second day of competition with 51 points.
Friday featured six more All-American performances by Ohio State swimmers and divers, giving the team eight total All-American honorees with another day of swimming and diving left at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
Junior diver Bianca Alvarez duplicated her fourth-place performance on 1-meter Thursday with another fourth-place finish on 3-meter Friday. She totaled 351.65 points and earned All-America honors for the sixth time in her career.
Senior Samantha Cheverton picked up a second honorable mention All-America honor at this meet. The Lachine, Quebec native and 2012 Canadian Olympic hopeful placed 13th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:44.97.
And the 800 freestyle relay team of Cheverton, senior Anita Beck, freshman Alex Norris and sophomore Megan Detro picked up honorable mention All-America honors by finishing 10th in 6:55.40. The fabulous four members of this relay obliterated the school record for the second time in three weeks. They lowered the mark from 7:09-plus to 7:02.64 in finishing second at the Big Ten championships, and Friday they lowered yet again by over seven seconds. That’s 14 seconds off a relay record in two swims over three weeks. Wow!
There were other terrific moments Friday. Beck swam a personal best in the 200 freestyle with the third-fastest swim in school history of 1:46.61 while Norris swam a personal best time of 1:46.96.
Sophomore Emily Creran had an awe-inspiring first swim in the NCAA championships. Not only did she place 26th in the 400 individual medley, but she broke Angela Severn’s three-week-old school record with a time of 4:14.15. Severn, who broke Janelle Bosse’s 24-year-old school record three weeks ago at Big Tens with a time of 4:14.26, had another fine swim in the event with a time of 4:14.37, good for 28th place.
The Buckeye swimmers have now improved on their seed times in nine of their 11 swims at this NCAA championships. Norris, the only freshman a these championships for Ohio State, has some of the biggest jumps. She improved 22 places in the 200 freestyle Friday (from 54th to 32nd) after improving 16 places in the 200 individual medley Thursday.
California has taken over the team lead at this championships. The Golden Bears have 295 poitns with Georgia (274.5), USC (253), Stanford (192) and Arizona (184) rounding out the top five.
2011 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships
Day 2 Team Scores: 1. California (295); 2. Georga 274.5; 3. USC 253; 4. Stanford 192; 5. Arizona 184.
Event Winners: 200 medley relay – California (1:35.03); 400 individual medley – 1. Hosszu, USC (3:59.75); 26. Creran, Ohio State (4:14.15); 100 butterfly – 1. Sims, Cal (50.49); 200 freestyle – 1. Schmitt, Georgia (1:42.08); 13. Cheverton (1:44.97); 100 breaststroke – 1. Tyler, Minnesota (58.39); 100 backstroke – 1. Tran, Cal (51.30); 3-meter diving – 1. Johnston, Duke (409.35); 4. Alvarez, Ohio State (351.65); 800 free relay – 1. Georgia (6:55.40); 10. Cheverton, Beck, Norris, Detro, Ohio State (7:04.75).