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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team, 4-0 in dual meets this season and ranked 18th nationally, resumes competitive racing this weekend with two dual meets at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Friday at 5 p.m. the team will meet Wright State in a co-ed dual meet with each of the school’s men’s teams. The Buckeyes will come back less than 24 hours later to swim against the Toledo Rockets at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Live Meet Scoring
Can’t make it to the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion to see the meets live? Visit the home page for the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team at OhioStateBuckeyes.com for a link to the live results. Admission, as always, is free if interested in attending the meets.

Order of Events
The Wright State meet will be run with alternating women’s and men’s races with two breaks for 1- and 3-meter diving competitions. The order of events for both the Wright State and Toledo meets will be:

  • 200 medley relay
  • 1000 free
  • 200 free
  • 100 back
  • 100 breast
  • 200 fly
  • 50 free
  • 3-meter diving
  • 100 free
  • 200 back
  • 200 breast
  • 500 free
  • 100 fly
  • 1-meter diving
  • 200 IM
  • 200 free relay (400 free relay vs. Toledo)

Buckeyes Climbing
Ohio State has improved three places since the initial TYR/College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll and is now ranked 18th nationally by the CSCAA. The upward movement is not surprising. Ohio State has been trending upward under third-year coach Bill Dorenkott and it is coming off a 13-year best fifth-place finish at the 2010 conference meet. And, the team has swam extremely well the first part of the 2010-11 season.

Ohio State…to Date
The Buckeyes’ 4-0 record includes dual meet wins over Kenyon, Cleveland State, Denison and Ohio University. Ohio State placed fifth out of 15 teams at the AT&T U.S. Short Course National Championships with only one other Big Ten team – Indiana – finishing ahead. The Buckeyes also have a fine performance at the Purdue Invite in their wake: a third-place effort in the eight-team field.

Wright State Update
The Raiders, under the direction of swimming coach Sion Brinn and diving coach Liyi Wang, are 4-4 so far this season. The team defeated Tampa in a relay dual meet Dec. 7 in its last competitive competition. Wright State was third at the 2010 Horizon League championships.

Toledo’s Turn
Three-time Mid American Conference champion and former Toledo swimmer Liz Hinkleman (2004-08) is in her first season as head coach of the Rockets’ program. Hinkleman was an assistant for the past two years under Lars Jorgensen, now an assistant at Tennessee, and helped the program achieve its first MAC swimming and diving championship in 2010. Her Rockets are 3-2 in dual meets so far this season. Matt Guinan is the team’s diving coach.

National Championships Rewind
Ohio State closed out a fine three days of competition at the AT&T U.S. Short Course National Championships Saturday with a final team finish of fifth in the meet that featured 15 collegiate teams. Led by championship final performances in two events from senior Sam Cheverton (500 and 200 freestyles, respectively) and a fourth-place finish from both the 800 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay teams, the Buckeyes totaled 133 points. California and Stanford were one-two with 556 and 495 points, respectively, with Notre Dame and Indiana third and fourth. 

More That’s Cool from the Pool
At the conclusion of 2010, Buckeye swimmers were stacking up well with the competition, having achieved 16 Top 10 times among Big Ten Conference swimmers. Here’s more good stuff on the team:

  • Ohio State has multiple Top 10 times in four events, with three individuals among the Top 10 in the 100 butterfly (Shannon Draves, Michelle Williams and Phoebe Cater).
  • Megan Detro has Top 5 times in three events. She is second in the 100 free, third in the 50 free and fifth in the 200 free.
  • Samantha Cheverton has the fastest time in the 500 free (a school record 4:39.71 clocking) and the second fastest time in the 200 free (in another school record time of 1:45.62).
  • Angela Severn has the third-fastest time in the 200 and 400 individual medleys, respectively.
  • Diver Bianca Alvarez and Megan Detro have been honored as Big Ten Diver or Swimmer of the Week for their efforts this season.

Five Team Captains
The Buckeyes are captained in the pool by five swimmers: seniors Anita Beck and Samantha Cheverton; junior Lisa Narum; and sophomores Emily Creran and Megan Detro.

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