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COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team closes out its regular season at 5 p.m. Friday in a co-ed dual meet against West Virginia at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion. Ohio State is 4-4 overall. WVU is 4-10.

Order of Events:
200 Medley Relay
1000 Freestyle
200 Freestyle
100 Backstroke
100 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
50 Freestyle
1 meter diving
100 Freestyle
200 Backstroke
200 Breaststroke
500 Freestyle
100 Butterfly
3 meter diving
200 Individual Medley
400 Freestyle Relay

Senior Farewell
The meet Friday represents the final home meet for Ohio State’s three senior swimmers (no senior divers are competing this year): Courtney Brayman, Griet Buelens and Whitney Hackman.

Courtney Brayman Pittsford, N.Y.
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  • A three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree;
  • A team tri-captain for 2008-09;
  • Among the team’s Top 3 swimmers in the 100 butterfly and is in the Top 5 in the 200 butterfly;
  • Also has a Top 5 50 freestyle time;
  • A member of three Big Ten Conference championship meet teams;
  • Will graduate in spring 2010; 
  • Daughter of Glenda and Howard Brayman.

Griet Buelens Kapelle-Op-Den-Bos, Belgium
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  • A three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete;
  • A team tri-captain for 2008-09;
  • A three-time NCAA championships qualifier (200 butterfly; 200 and 500 freestyle); 
  • Has school’s second-fastest time all-time in the 200 butterfly (1:59.09);
  • Holds third-fastest time all-time in the 200 freestyle (1:47.79);
  • Part of school record-setting 200 free and 800 free relays; 
  • 2005 Big Ten champion in the 200 butterfly; 
  • Will graduate in June 2009; 
  • Daughter of Louisette and Bart Buelens.

Whitney Hackman Goshen, Ind.
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  • A three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete;
  • Has also been named a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree;
  • A member of three Ohio State Big Ten championship meet teams;
  • Among the team’s Top 5 in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events;
  • Will graduate in June 2009;
  • Daughter of Sheila and Kyrt Hackman.

Buckeyes Now 4-4 on the Season
Ohio State “competed well and didn’t back down,” according to coach Bill Dorenkott, in a 196-132 loss to Penn State Saturday in Columbus. A terrific crowd of 511 was on hand to watch the meet.

“I was concerned about a letdown coming off the emotional meet last week against a huge rival (Michigan), but it didn’t happen,” Dorenkott said. “I felt we brought the same level of consistency and competiveness to the pool as we did last week against Michigan, but we had fewer mistakes. We’re getting better each week.”

Seven Wins vs. Penn State
The Buckeyes won a total of five races (and both diving competitions) over the two-day meet against a good Nittany Lion team, sparked by a 400 freestyle relay win Friday night that Dorenkott called “significant.” Splendid sophomore Samantha Cheverton won the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle. Senior Griet Buelens won the 200 buttterfly in a season’s-best time. Junior Jill Lockhart was first in the 200 backstroke and freshman Lisa Narum claimed victory in the 100 freestyle. Kristen Asman won on both the one- and three-meter springboard competitions.

The West Virginia Mountaineers
West Virginia is coming off a close, 134-103, loss last weekend to Maryland at the WVU Natatorium. The Mountaineers, now 4-10 on the season, set a new pool record in the 200 medley relay in the meet (Isabel Perez, Morgan Callaway, Stephanie Shupe and Kayla Andrews finished in 1:45.71). 

Other fine performances by Mountaineer swimmers included: Lindsey Largo won the 1,000 freestyle by 25 seconds over her nearest competitor in 10:15.60. Andrews won both sprint freestyle events, including a pool record in the 50 free at 23.25. She is unbeaten this year in the 100 freestyle.

USA Diving Comes to Columbus
Ohio State’s spectacular McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion will host its 12th major event Sunday through Wednesday, Feb. 8-11, as USA Diving holds its 2009 World Championship team selection camp. Headliners among the 88 men’s and women’s divers are eight 2008 Olympians. Buckeyes competing or eligible to compete include sophomores Kristen Asman and Bianca Alvarez, senior Chelsea Davis, junior Ryan Jefferson, sophomore Sean Moore, junior Burkley Showe and senior Wes Weiser.
There will be no admission charge to the various sessions each day.

Ohio State’s 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).

Victory Totals
Ohio State student-athletes have picked up 56 victories in dual meet competition so far this season. 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
vs. Michigan                 6        5       0         1
vs. Penn State              8       5        1        2

Cheverton Ties Buelens for Individual Wins Lead
Two more individual wins last week moved sophomore Samantha Cheverton into a tie with senior co-captain Griet Buelens for the team lead with seven apiece. Freshman Natalie Nichols is third with six individual wins and is followed by junior co-captain Jill Lockhart (five). Freshman Lisa Narum and sophomore diver Kristen Asman have four wins apiece.

2008-09 Wins
7  Griet Buelens (Sr.)
    Samantha Cheverton (So.)
6  Natalie Nichols (Fr.)
5  Jill Lockhart (Jr.)
4  Lisa Narum (Fr.)
    Kristen Asman (So.)
3  Catherine Eitel (Fr.)
    Haley Mitchell (Jr.)
2  Katelyn Brix (So.)
    Meg Noble (Jr.)
    Colleen Schweitzer (Jr.)
1 Megan Alexander (Jr.)
   Anita Beck (So.)
   Erin Fawley (Fr.)
   Katie Bell (So.)

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