COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State sophomore diver Bianca Alvarez picked up her second honorable mention All-America accolade Friday during the second day of competition at the NCAA championships at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind. Ohio State sits in a tie for 18th-place heading into the final day of competition Saturday.
Alvarez, from Miami, Fla., scored nine points with a ninth-place finish on the 3-meter springboard to increase the Buckeyes’ team total to 29 points. Five teams are in a tight battle for the championship: Stanford leads with 266.5 points with Georgia (262.5), Arizona (259.5), California (256) and Florida (236) in second through fifth, respectively.
Ohio State missed out on additional points when senior diver Chelsea Davis from Worthington, Ohio was unable to compete on 3-meter due to a leg injury. The unfortunate timing of Davis’ injury prevented her from defending the 3-meter championship she won in 2008. Alvarez was second that year and both divers red-shirted last season.
All three swimmers were in action for Ohio State Friday. Junior Samantha Cheverton was 18th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:45.95; freshman Shannon Draves was 26th in the 100 butterfly (53.54) in her first-ever NCAA championships swim; and senior Megan Alexander, also competing at the NCAA championships for the first time, was 27th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.66.