COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team continues its dual meet schedule with a meet against Michigan at 7 p.m. Friday at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes are 4-2 on the season and 0-1 in Big Ten dual meets. Michigan is 1-6 overall and 0-3 vs. the Big Ten.
Ohio State experienced its first defeats of the season, losing to No. 11 Indiana and No. 23 Missouri in Bloomington, Ind. The Buckeyes lost to the Hoosiers, 215-84, and the Tigers, 207-93. Samantha Cheverton led the way for Ohio State with three runner-up finishes in the toughest test of the season to date for Ohio State (100 and 200 backstroke and 100 butterfly). Freshman Natalie Nichols was second in the 1,650 freestyle and diver Kristen Asman was third on the three-meter springboard.
Michigan is coming off a 173-122 loss at No. 20 Northwestern. Caitlin Dauw swept the butterfly events while divers Stephanie O’Callaghan and Amanda Lohman took first on the one- and three-meter diving events, respectively.
UM is Ranked
Michigan is the No. 22 ranked team in the nation according to the latest dual meet rankings, released Jan. 15. The Wolverines have achieved that ranking by swimming one of the most difficult schedules. The Wolverines have competed against seven of the Top 10 teams in the nation this season: No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Texas, No. 4 California, No. 6 Florida, No. 8 Texas A&M, No. 9 Minnesota and No. 10 Tennessee.
Cheverton Picks Up NCAA Qualifying Times
Sophomore Samantha Cheverton has recorded two NCAA “B” cut times so far this season: in the 200 backstroke (1:57.32) and 500 freestyle (4:49.39).
Michigan’s “B” Cuts
Michigan swimmers have posted 12 NCAA “B” cuts so far this season, led by Margaret Kelly, who has four of them (100 free, 500 free, 100 butterfly and 400 IM). Hannah Smith (200 free, 100 back, 200 back) has qualified conditionally in three races.
First Shutout of Season
The Buckeyes did not pick up a swimming or diving victory last week against their ranked opponents from Indiana and Missouri, the first time this season that the team has not been victorious individually, relay-wise (or team-wise, for that matter). For the season, Ohio State student-athletes have 42 victories in dual meet competition. Here’s the breakdown:
Opponent………….Firsts Indiv. Relay Diving
vs. Kenyon………….11 10 1 DNC
vs. Cincinnati………10 9 1 DNC
vs. Cleveland State…..9 7 2 DNC
vs. Wright State…….12 8 2 2
vs. Indiana/Missouri….0 0 0 0
Griet Buelens & Natalie Nichols lead in Wins
Senior co-captain Griet Buelens and freshman Natalie Nichols lead the Buckeyes with six individual wins apiece. A total of 13 Buckeyes have picked up a non-relay win this season. Junior co-captain Jill Lockhart is third with four wins with Samantha Cheverton, junior Haley Mitchell and frosh Catherine Eitel all tied for fourth with three wins, apiece.
6…Griet Buelens (Sr.)
Natalie Nichols (Fr.)
4…Jill Lockhart (Jr.)
3…Samantha Cheverton (So.)
Catherine Eitel (Fr.)
Haley Mitchell (Jr.)
2…Kristen Asman (So.)
Katelyn Brix (So.)
Meg Noble (Jr.)
Lisa Narum (Fr.)
1…Megan Alexander (Jr.)
Anita Beck (So.)
Erin Fawley (Fr.)
With 12 individual wins this season, Ohio State’s freshman class holds a two-win lead over the Buckeyes’ junior class. Sophomores have eight wins and the senior class has six so far this season.
Team’s Fast Times
Representatives of the team’s sophomore class have posted the fastest times in a team-leading eight events so far this season. Frosh have the fastest time in four events and juniors hold down the fastest time in two events. Samantha Cheverton leads the way with team-best times in six events this season.
Ohio State is under the direction of first-year coach Bill Dorenkott, who led the Penn State women’s swimming team to three Big Ten championships before taking over the Buckeye team in July 2008. Dorenkott is 96-29 in this, his 13th year as a head coach. Michigan is under the direction of Jim Richardson, who is in his 24th season at the helm for the Wolverines. His UM teams won 12 consecutive league titles from 1987-98 and added two more titles in 2001 and 2004, respectively. Richardson is 156-59 in dual-meet competition.
Ohio State hosts Penn State in a two-day dual meet next week. The two teams will swim at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 and continue the meet at noon Saturday, Jan. 31.