COLUMBUS, Ohio The competing teams are in Columbus and practices are taking place at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in preparation for the Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invite, set for Friday through Sunday. Here’s a quick look at the competing teams. Admission is free all weekend.
Ohio State Men
Head Coach Bill Wadley’s 11th-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming team is 5-0 so far this season and has claimed wins against Kenyon, Cincinnati, Miami, Notre Dame and Cleveland State. Senior standout Felipe Travesso, who is unbeaten this season in the 100-yard breaststroke, was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week for his wins against Cleveland State. Ohio State’s divers include 2008 NCAA platform champion Sean Moore and 2007 Big Ten champion Burkley Showe.
Ohio State Women
In his first year as head coach, Bill Dorenkott has led Ohio State to a 3-0 start this season. Leading the Buckeyes is Samantha Cheverton, who picked up four wins in the Buckeyes’ 178-82 win over Cleveland State. The sophomore earned first in the 50-yard backstroke and butterfly, while contributed to the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. Her efforts won her Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honors. The Buckeye divers feature a pair outstanding sophomores: Kristen Asman and Katie Bell.
Bowling Green Women
Bowling Green enters the weekend with a 1-3 record. The Falcons defeated Ball State 160-140, but have lost to Eastern Michigan, Ohio and Miami. Senior Alisha Yee and freshman Vicky Yu have seven and six wins, respectively, for Bowling Green.
Cleveland State Men
The Cleveland State Vikings are currently 7-3 in the dual meet season and are coming off of a 169-86 loss to Ohio State. Freshman Mark deSwardt has already began to make a name for himself as a Viking. He already holds the program’s third-fastest time in the 1000-yard freestyle of 9:18.19 and has a top-10 time of 4:32.08 in the 500 freestyle.
Jeff Huber’s Indiana diving squad is led by sophomore Landon Marzullo and senior Christina Loukas. Marzullo is the reigning Big Ten champion on the one-meter and three-meter springboards. He earned his third Big Ten Diver of the Week award of the season November 25 after winning the one-meter and platform events at the Hoosierland Invitational. Loukas captured first on the three-meter at the Hoosierland Invite and also picked up Big Ten Diver of the Week honors for the win.
The Golden Gophers are ranked 9th nationally and have a 2-0 record on the season. A notable win for Minnesota was the 220-146 two-day meet victory over No. 12 North Carolina. Minnesota’s squad is filled with depth and experience, having 16 juniors and seniors on the team. Minnesota was third at the 2008 Big Ten championships, 2.5 points in front of Ohio State.
The reigning Big Ten champions, Minnesota is 4-0 on the dual season and 3-0 in the Big Ten. The ninth-ranked Golden Gophers picked up conference wins against No. 18 Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa. The team also had a big win – 217-151 – over No. 14 North Carolina. Minnesota is led by 2008 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Jillian Tyler and First Team All-Big Ten honorees in seniors Yuen Kobayashi and Jenny Shaughnessy.
Notre Dame – Women
The Fighting Irish are 2-0 in dual meet action this season with wins over Pittsburgh and Purdue. Notre Dame is under the direction of Brian Barnes, highly-regarded assistant coach the last three years for an Auburn University swimming program that produced multiple NCAA men’s and women’s swimming team championships. He was named Notre Dame’s head women’s swimming coach in August 2008.
Notre Dame – Men
Notre Dame, which has already swam against Ohio State in a dual meet this year, enters the Invite with a 3-3 dual meet record. Under the direction of 21st-year coach Tim Welsh, the Fighting Irish are led by John Lytle, who won three individual events against the Buckeyes three weeks ago.
Penn State – Men
The Nittany Lions, ranked 16th in the dual meet rankings and under the direction of John Hargis, are 1-3 so far this season. The team competed in a multi-day event two weeks ago, losing to Florida State and No. 15 Virginia in double-dual meet action. Penn State boasts a national champion and a two-time Olympic Trials finalist in backstroker Patrick Schirk. Hargis raplaced Bill Dorenkott, now the women’s coach at Ohio State.
Penn State – Women
John Hargis has his first Penn State women’s team nationally ranked at No. 13 in the dual meet rankings heading into the Invite. His team, 3-2-1 on the year, performed well in taking a victory over No. 22 Florida State while falling to No. 10 Virginia in a two-day, double-dual meet two weeks ago. Kaitlyn O’Brien took first place in three events while earning NCAA “B” qualifying times in two of them.
Miami (Fla.) Swimming
The Hurricane women’s swimming team enters the Invite with an 8-4 dual meet record. With only three seniors, the squad features plenty of young talent, including freestyle sprinter Annika Saamak. The sophomore won the 100 and 200 freestyles in a five-team meet Nov. 15 in Atlanta.
Miami (Fla.) Diving
The Miami diving team boasts two national champions from the 2007-08 season. Junior Reuben Ross earned first in the 10-meter platform at the 2008 NCAA Championships in Federal Way, Wash. Classmate Brittany Viola captured the women’s title on the same event in Columbus at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
The Duke men’s and women’s diving team has five athletes that have met the NCAA Zones qualifying marks. Abby Johnston, Julie Brummond and Jessica Lyden have met the scores on the one- and three-meter events. Cody Kolodziejzyk and Shawn Hoffman have qualified on the one-meter. Johnston leads the squad with two wins on each springboard event.
South Carolina Diving
Seven divers will be competing for South Carolina this weekend with six of the seven already meeting NCAA Zone qualifications. Leading the team is Taryn Zack. The sophomore earned her third SEC Diver of the Week award after winning the one- and three-meter springboard events at the Gamecock Invitational. Zack has won all but one of her events this season.
North Carolina State Diving
Kristen Davies will be representing the Wolfpack at the Ohio State Invite. Davies has qualified for the NCAA Zone meet on the one- and three-meter events. She currently broke the Virginia Tech War Memorial Pool’s record on the three-meter with a career-best score of 306.15.