Oct. 24, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team jump starts its regular season against powerhouse Kenyon and Cleveland State at 6 p.m. Friday in the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The meet is a double dual event with the Ohio State men’s swimming and diving also hosting Cleveland State and Kenyon. Admission is free.

The meet will be the start of what coach Bill Dorenkott, entering his fifth season as Buckeye coach, anticipates will be great year for the Scarlet and Gray led by their 2012-13 senior class. The Buckeyes, which finished third at the 2012 Big Ten championships, returns nine members that qualified to the NCAA championships last year.

“It’s going to be a terrific weekend,” said Dorenkott, a 1991 graduate of Cleveland State. “Haley Mitchell and Jess Book are both former Ohio State assistants and are now a part of Kenyon’s coaching staff. These dual meets will serve as evaluations of where we are at in our training process in that lead up to February and March.”
The regular season opener will be Halloween Night at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Fans are encourage to dress up as the best costume will win a Buckeye Prize Pack, while Halloween candy will also be handed out. Come out and support the Buckeyes in your best costume Friday!

The meet will be run with alternating women’s and men’s races with two breaks for 1- and 3-meter diving competitions. The order events will be:

  1. 200 medley relay
  2. 1000 free
  3. 200 free
  4. 100 back
  5. 100 breast
  6. 200 fly
  7. 50 free
  8. 1-meter diving
  9. 100 free
  10. 200 back
  11. 200 breast
  12. 500 free
  13. 100 fly
  14. 3-meter diving
  15. 200 IM
  16. 200 free relay

HEAD COACH Bill Dorenkott
Bill Dorenkott enters his fifth season at the helm of the Ohio State women’s swimming program and holds a 28-6 record in dual action with the Buckeyes. Dorenkott, which led the Scarlet and Gray to a third place finish at the 2011 Big Ten Championships, sent a program-record 15 members to the U.S. Olympic Trials this past summer. Ohio State welcomes 14 newcomers, including two transfers to the 2012-13 campaign.

Liz Hinkleman is in her first season as an Ohio State assistant coach. Hinkleman, who spent the last two seasons as head coach at Toledo, was the 2012 MAC Coach of the Year after leading the Rockets to a MAC Championship. A UT swimmer from 2004-08, Hinkleman was a three-time MAC champion in the 200-yard freestyle relay, setting school and conference records.

The Scarlet squad defeated the Gray team, 149-108, in the program’s annual intrasquad meet held Oct. 19 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Junior Phoebe Cater led the way for scarlet with three individual wins. The Sydney, Australia native, touched first in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events. Freshman Annie Lazor also had an impressive showing; recording wins in the 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly.

“Everything is a build up for February and March, for Big Tens and NCAAs,” Dorenkott said. “We have a really big group of freshmen, so just to be able to do a dry run with a 16-event format is a good experience. I thought we competed really well, but we have to build on today.”

Diver Bianca Alvarez claimed her first Big Ten title after recording two seconds and two thirds at previous conference championship meets. Kicking off the 2012 Big Ten Championships with a first on the 1-meter dive, Alvarez followed her performance with a win in the 3-meter event. Cheyenne Cousineau completed the Ohio State diving sweep with a win on the platform dive. On the swimming side, Shannon Draves also had a breakout meet. The Gilbertsville, Pa., native took the Big Ten crown in the 200 butterfly with an Ohio State varsity record time of 1:56.35.

First Team All-Big Ten:
Bianca Alvarez
Cheyenne Cousineau*
Shannon Draves*

Second Team All-Big Ten:
Jackie Brousseau
Phoebe Cater*
Emily Creran*
Megan Detro*
Kelsey Moran*
Angela Severn*
Michelle Williams*

The Buckeye women completed the season with a 20th-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships held in Auburn, Ala. A total of 10 Ohio State student-athletes were invited to the meet. Emily Creran had a standout meet, competing in the consolation final of the 200 backstroke for a 13th-place finish. Also with a notable performance, Bianca Alvarez concluded her Buckeye career with a runner-up finish on the 3-meter dive.

2012 NCAA Qualifiers:
Kelly Ann Baird*
Phoebe Cater*
Emily Creran*
Megan Detro*
Shannon Draves*
Kelsey Moran*
Alex Norris*
Angela Severn*
Michelle Williams*
Bianca Alvarez

* Indicates returning team members

The Ohio State women’s swimming team collected the highest team grade-point average recorded under head coach Bill Dorenkott this past spring. Balancing athletic responsibilities along with some of the most demanding majors offered at Ohio State, the squad combined for an impressive 3.56 GPA, while posting the second-most Scholar All-Americans in the Big Ten Conference. 

The Buckeyes return to the pool at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 in a co-ed meet vs. Denison at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.


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