COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 21 Ohio State women’s swimming team completed a fine team performance Sunday with a third-place finish at the eight-team Purdue Invitational. In the process, the Buckeyes defeated both Purdue and Michigan, teams that are ahead of Ohio State in the dual meet rankings, finished ahead of Ohio State at the 2010 Big Ten championships and who were competing with divers in this meet. Ohio State only was competing with its swimmers.

Sophomore Megan Detro capped an outstanding three days of swimming by winning the 100 freestyle in 49.22 and swimming the leadoff leg of Ohio State’s victorious 400 freestyle relay that won in a school record time of 3:19.25. Joining Detro on that relay was senior Samantha Cheverton and freshmen Phoebe Cater and Michelle Williams.

Detro’s Sunday performance gave her five wins in the meet, as she had earlier won the 50 freestyle and swam on the victorious 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams, respectively.

“I think it is significant not only that Detro was the top sprint freestyler at this meet, but that she was joined in the 100 freestyle final today by two freshmen,” Dorenkott said. “Meg Detro, Phoebe Cater and Michelle Williams gave us three underclassmen in the 100 at a seven-team meet. Cater and Williams, and all of our freshmen for that matter, are really fatigued right now so for them to be able to swim in a final at this stage of their career says something about their talent level and also about what we are trying to accomplish here.”

The Buckeyes totaled 11 finals swims on Sunday, including Top 8 places by Kelly Ann Baird and Natalie Nichols in the 1,650 freestyle timed finals, giving the team 26 finals races by 12 student-athletes. Among the Sunday highlights:

  • Cheverton and sophomore Emily Creran went two-three in the 200 backstroke;
  • Freshmen Williams and Cater finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 100 free final;
  • Sophomore Angela Severn made her fourth finals race of the meet and finished seventh in the 200 breaststroke;
  • Sophomore Shannon Draves was runner-up in the 200 fly after her victorious 100 fly on Saturday night;
  • Freshman Alex Norris and senior Anita Beck also swam in the 200 fly finals, placing fourth and seventh, respectively.

Sunday’s swims were a nice way to end a meet that also featured Cheverton winning the 200 freestyle on Saturday and the Ohio State relay teams winning three times – 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle and 400 medley relay – with second- and third-place finishes in the other two.

“We talked as a staff and as a team at the beginning of the year about the importance and the value of relays at championship events,” Dorenkott said. “So every time we get an opportunity to race the relays we’ve made a point of saying ‘this is important.'”

The Buckeyes established NCAA “B” standards in all five relays this weekend.

The team will practice through Wednesday of this week and then take a couple of days off for the Thanksgiving holiday. The team will resume its competitive schedule the weekend of Dec. 3-5 at the U.S. Shortcourse Nationals at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion with some student-athletes competing at the Miami Invitational.  

Purdue Invitational – West Lafayette, Ind.

Purdue Aquatic Center

Final Team Scores:  1. Arkansas 811.5, 2. Louisville 689, 3. Ohio State 677, 4. Purdue 520.5, 5. Michigan 405, 6. Missouri State 182, 7. Cincinnati 155, 8. Southern Illinois 125

Ohio State Finalists: 1,650 freestyle – 6. Baird (16:34.76); 8. Nichols (16:43.88); 200 backstroke – 2. Cheverton (1:58.68); 3. Creran (1:59.22); 100 freestyle – 1. Detro (49.22); 5. Williams (50.57); 6. Cater (50.83); 200 breaststroke – 7. Severn (2:17.40); 200 butterfly – 2. Draves (1:59.79); 4. Norris (2:01.56); 7. Beck (2:03.48); 400 freestyle relay – 1. Detro, Cheverton, Cater, Williams (3:19.25).