COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State divers Chelsea Davis and Bianca Alvarez each picked up All-American accolades Thursday at the NCAA Swimming and Diving championships and in the process secured a tie for 12th place standing for the team after the first day of competition at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind.
Davis, a senior from Worthington, finished sixth on the 1-meter springboard event to earn All-America honors. She scored 320.40 points and in the process earned 13 team points for the Buckeyes.
Sophomore Alvarez, from Miami, Fla., was 10th on the 1-meter with 313.10 points to earn honorable mention All-American honors.
Earlier in the day Junior Samantha Cheverton broke her own school record in the 500 freestyle in a preliminary race. 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 Davis and 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 continue Friday with the 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.