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No. 20 Ohio State at 2013 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships
Feb. 20-23, 2013
University Aquatic Center
Minneapolis, Minn.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – After months of preparation, the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team is set to compete at the 2013 Big Ten Conference Championships at University of Minnesota. The four-day meet begins Wednesday evening with two relay finals and extends through Saturday evening at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

“It’s hard for me to believe that it is already the middle of February,” head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott said. “I’ve enjoyed coaching this group as much as any group I’ve ever coached. That being said, they’ve done everything we have asked and I expect us to go to Minnesota and be outstanding. We have high hopes for this squad.”

The Buckeyes finished third at the 2012 Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, Iowa, after compiling and undefeated dual meet record of 10-0. The squad placed third at the conference championships for the second-consecutive season. Highlighting the meet was Shannon Draves, who took the Big Ten crown in the 200 butterfly with a varsity record time of 1:56:35. With her performance, Draves was named a first team All-Big Ten selection. The Buckeyes also return six members that were named second team honorees, including Phoebe Cater, Emily Creran, Megan Detro, Kelsey Moran, Angela Severn and Michelle Williams.

Ohio State has won five team Big Ten Championships – consecutive between 1982-86 under coach Jim Montrella. The Buckeyes also have won 83 Big Ten swimming, diving and relay titles. The breakdown:

  • 47 swimming champions; last was Shannon Draves in 2012 (200 butterfly)
  • 24 diving champions; last was Cheyenne Cousineau in 2012 (platform); and
  • 12 relay wins; last came in 1991 (400 and 800 free relays).


2012-13 UPDATE
The Buckeyes, under fifth-year swimming coach Bill Dorenkott and 35th-year diving coach Vince Panzano, are coming off a 10-2 dual meet season and a 3-1 Big Ten dual record. The team placed third overall at the Ohio State Invitational Dec. 2 in Columbus, while placing first at the Northwestern Invitational Feb. 2 in Evanston, Ill. Last summer, the Buckeyes sent a program-record 15 swimmers to the U.S Olympic Trials.

The Buckeyes have been ranked all season in the CSCAA Division I Team Rankings and are 20th in the final poll released Monday. Minnesota (10-0, Big Ten 6-0) leads the Big Ten at No. 12 followed by No. 13 Indiana (5-4, 2-1 Big Ten), No. 17 Wisconsin (7-7, 4-3 Big Ten), No. 21 Michigan (5-4, 4-2 Big Ten) and No. 24 Penn State (6-2, 1-0 Big Ten).

Ohio State will enter the championships with all five of its relays among the Big Ten’s Top 5 and two relays – 200 medley and 400 medley – are the fastest in the conference to date. The Buckeyes are third in both the 400 freestyle and 800 freestyle, respectively, and fifth in the 200 freestyle relay.

Ohio State swimmers have achieved an NCAA “B” cut in the following events:


  • Ohio State has recorded 11 times which rank in the Top 50 nationally.
  • Junior standout Kelly Ann Baird is in the Top 50 in three individual events: 500 freestyle (41st, 4:45.36); 1000 freestyle (37th, 9:56.89); 1650 freestyle (23rd, 16.21.88).
  • The Buckeyes highest national ranking goes to Emily Creran, who is 19th in the 200 backstroke (1:55.05).
  • Freshman Annie Lazor is off to a quick start for her Buckeye career, ranking at No. 40 in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:13.16. The time also ranks fourth among Big Ten competitors.
  • Sixteen times posted by Buckeyes are among the Top 10 fastest in the Big Ten Conference.
  • Shannon Draves leads the conference in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.13, while Kelsey Moran is second in the 100 back (53.39) and Creran is third in the 200 back with a time of 1:55.05.
  • The Buckeyes have more than five swimmers in three separate events who have posted Top 25 times in the conference.

Redshirt sophomore Ohio State diver Cheyenne Cousineau earned the Big Ten Conference’s Diver of the Week Award for the fourth time in 2012-13, the conference office announced Jan. 22. The award also is Cousineau’s fourth of her career.

Cousineau, a native of Temperance, Mich., claimed first-place finishes in Ohio State’s dual meet at Michigan last weekend. She won the one-meter springboard with a total score of 318.60, while earning first on the three-meter with 304.05 total points. Cousineau becomes the first women’s diver to earn four weekly honors in a single season since Maggie Keefer of Minnesota claimed four laurels in 2011-12.

Buckeye fans, log on to to read a Q&A story featuring Cousineau.

Junior Alex Norris  was named Ohio State Athlete of the Week  Jan. 29 after she finished first in the 1650 freestyle with an NCAA “B” time of 16.25.61 to help the Buckeyes defeat Cincinnati 171-115 Jan. 26 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The race marked the first time Norris, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, has swam the event in her Buckeye career. Norris, who qualified for her second-consecutive NCAA championship in 2012, competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200 and 400 freestyle events.