Feb. 23, 2013

Friday Finals Results

Records continued to fall for the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team Friday evening at the 2013 Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. The Scarlet and Gray dropped two school-record-breaking times at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in two separate events – 400 medley relay and 100 butterfly.

“In our team meeting prior to the session we talked about the value of John Wooden’s concept of Competitive Greatness and the fact that it manifests itself in times of struggle,” head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott said. “It is about a supreme effort when things are not going your way. I am proud of our ladies for turning it around tonight.”

In the team standings, Ohio State has accumulated 263 points over the course of three days to move into fourth-place. The Buckeyes will have another opportunity to add to the total when the championships resume Saturday.

Minnesota, who is playing host to the championships, continues to lead the standings with 573.5 total points. Indiana ranks second with 422.5 points, while Penn State rounds out the Top 3 with 342.5 points.

The night started off for the Buckeyes in record-breaking fashion with the 400 medley relay of Kelsey Moran, Angela Severn, Shannon Draves and Michelle Williams taking second in 3:33.55, an Ohio State record. The previous record of 3:36.70 was set by the relay contingent of Moran, Severn, Draves and Megan Detro in 2011.

Following the relay performance, four Buckeyes were set to compete in finals for the 400 individual medley. In the B-Final, junior Kristyn Fulcher set a new season-best time by touching in 4:15.32 for ninth-place. Freshman Annie Gillig trailed in 10th-place with a time of 4:15.66, while sophomore Lauren Davis competed in the C-Final to take 22nd-place in 4:21.54. Ohio State picked up 16 total points from the event. 

Yet another school record fell in the 100 butterfly, where Draves competed in her first individual event of the meet. In finals, Draves reestablished her previous school record to 52.29. The Gilbertsville, Pa. native previously reset her own OSU record in prelims with a time of 52.58.

Junior Alex Norris placed seventh in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:46.61. Norris added 12 points to the Buckeye total with her performance. Freshman Katy Luchansky represented Ohio State with a 14th-place showing and finished in a time of 1:48.73, while Cater took 19th in 1:48.79.

Another freshman, Rachael Dzierzak, earned 16th-place in the 100 breaststroke. With a time of 1:03.45, Dzierzak picked up one point for her team.

Much like the start of the meet, the final swimming event of the evening finished with the Buckeyes taking home the runner-up spot. Moran, who set an OSU record of 52.98 in prelims, clocked in at 53.00 to give Ohio State a 17-point jump.

On the 3-meter dive, Cheyenne Cousineau placed third with a finals time of 375.90. Cousineau will compete on the platform dive tomorrow, which was the event she earned a Big Ten title in last season.

Team Standings:
1. Minnesota (573.5)
2. Indiana (422.5)
3. Penn State (342.5)
4. Ohio State (263)
5. Purdue (238.5)
6. Michigan (221)
7, Wisconsin (195)
8. Nebraska (137)
9. Northwestern (131)
10.Iowa (98)
11.Michigan State (46)
12.Illinois (42)

Ohio State Top Finishers: 400 medley relay – 2. Moran, Severn. Draves, Williams (3:33.55); 400 IM – 9. Fulcher (4:15.32); 100 butterfly – 2. Draves (52.29); 200 freestyle – 7. Norris (1:46.61); 100 breaststroke – 16. Dzierzak (1:03.45); 100 backstroke – 2. Moran (53.00); 3-meter dive – 3. Cousineau (375.90).