COLUMBUS, Ohio Junior Samantha Cheverton broke her own school record in the 500 freestyle this morning in a preliminary race at the 2010 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving championships, but her time of 4:42.64 just missed qualifying her for a top 16 finish and a spot in the consolation finals Thursday night.

Cheverton, from Lachine, Quebec (near Montreal), had a terrific tactical swim, according to coach Bill Dorenkott. She came into the championships with the 24th-fastest time in the event but moved up seven places with her record-breaking swim. She was one of only 15 swimmers out of the 63 in the event to actually improve on her seed time.

“Our swimmers earned the right to be here and they are as good as anyone in the meet,” Dorenkott said. “We told them [Cheverton is joined at these championships by senior Megan Alexander and freshman Shannon Draves as well as divers Chelsea Davis and Bianca Alvarez] they did not need to do anything amazing or special, but to just do what they are capable of doing. If they do that, they will be just fine. Sam’s swim today is proof positive.”

The championships, taking place at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center on the campus of Purdue University, continue Friday with all five Buckeyes competing. Alvarez and Davis compete on the 3-meter springboard; Cheverton competes in the 200 freestyle; Alexander competes in the 100 breaststroke; and Draves competes in the 100 butterfly.