COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State director of swimming and diving Bill Dorenkott has been named the 2022 Big Ten Women’s Swim Coach of the Year, the conference announced Tuesday. The honor, decided by a league-wide vote of conference head coaches, is his third in as many years.
This season, under the direction of Dorenkott, the Buckeyes won their third consecutive Big Ten title. The team won six events and 12 individual medals at the conference championship meet that saw the Buckeyes earn a total of 1,303 points. OSU went undefeated against Big Ten foes during the regular season with two meetings against Indiana and a meeting against Michigan. The victory over the Wolverines was the women’s team’s first dual win over its rival since the 2013-14 season.
The award is Dorenkott’s fourth of his career, with the first coming in 2005 while coaching the Penn State women. He has now coached six Big Ten championships teams, moving him into sole control of second place among women’s coaches for the most Big Ten titles.
Since the men’s and women’s program combined in 2017, Dorenkott has also led the men’s team to great success. The squad most recently finished ninth at the NCAA Championships in Atlanta for the third consecutive top-10 finish for the program. The Buckeyes took second at the Big Ten Championships, earning a top-three result for the 13th consecutive year.