COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three more wins, giving Ohio State five during the two days of the meet, coupled with nine additional individual event finals swims has the No. 21 Ohio State Buckeyes solidly in third-place at the eight-team Purdue Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. The third and final day of competition is set for Sunday.

Ohio State picked up wins from senior Samantha Cheverton in the 200 freestyle (1:46.83), sophomore Shannon Draves in the 100 butterfly (54.33) and from the 800 freestyle relay team of freshman Alex Norris, sophomore Megan Detro, Draves and Cheverton. The quartet powered through the Purdue Aquatic Center with a fast and impressive 7:13.34 time.

“Our 800 free relay team won convincingly,” coach Bill Dorenkott said. “That time is an excellent time at this point in the season.”

A second relay – the 200 medley relay – opened the meet with a runner-up finish, one of three second-place efforts on the night for the team. Swimming for the Buckeyes was the all-sophomore team of Kelsey Moran, Angela Severn, Draves and Detro. Moran was also second in the 100 backstroke in 55.12 and Detro was second in the 200 free in 1:47.14.

Dorenkott said this meet isn’t about times…it’s about racing. And with that as a focal point, a number of other swimmers found themselves advancing through the morning prelims with excellent swims to have places in the Saturday finals, including freshmen Michelle Williams and Alex Norris in the 100 butterfly, Cheverton in the 100 backstroke, junior Catherine Eitel and Severn in the 100 breaststroke, and Severn and sophomore Emily Creran in the 400 individual medley.

“Tonight was a very good evening of racing,” Dorenkott said. “We are getting to do a lot of racing and we have been consistent and pretty tough, so far. I’ve been very, very pleased with our results.”

Combined with six consolation finals swims, the Ohio State points scorers had a huge day to finish with 451 points to trail only Louisville (522) and Arkansas (492.5) and remain well ahead of the two other Big Ten schools in the meet (Purdue with 352.5 points and Michigan with 269).

The invitational concludes Sunday.    

Purdue Invitational – Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010

Team Scores:  1. Louisville 522, 2. Arkansas 492.5, 3. Ohio State 451, 4. Purdue 352.5, 5. Michigan 269, 6. Missouri State 133, 7. Cincinnati 103, 8. Southern Illinois 97

Ohio State Finalists: 200 medley relay – 2. Moran, Severn, Draves, Detro (1:40.37); 400 IM – 4. Severn (4:18.87); 6. Creran (4:21.05); 100 butterfly – 1. Draves (54.33); 5. Williams (55.36); 6. Norris (55.72); 200 freestyle – 1. Cheverton (1:46.83); 2. Detro (1;47.14); 100 breaststroke – 5. Eitel (1;03.41); 7. Severn (1;03.79); 100 backstroke – 2. Moran (55.12); 4. Cheverton (55.34); 800 freestyle relay – 1. Norris, Detro, Draves, Cheverton (7:13.34).