COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 18th-ranked and unbeaten Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team, 6-0 in dual meets this season, will face a busy and emotional 24 hours of swimming this weekend with a meet Friday at 5 p.m. against No. 15 Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., followed by a home meet Saturday against Michigan State at 1 p.m. at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

Ohio State will seek to defeat Michigan in consecutive dual meets – the Buckeyes won last year in Columbus, 162-132 – for the first time in school history. When Ohio State won last year it represented the Scarlet and Gray’s first win over the UM in 25 years, or since a 100-40 win in 1985. Michigan leads the all-time series against Ohio State, 19-2.

Seniors Honored vs. Michigan State  Less than 24 hours after the Michigan meet – the Buckeyes will bus to Ann Arbor Friday late morning and return home following the meet – Ohio State will host the Michigan State Spartans in a co-ed dual meet that will also feature each school’s men’s programs. Admission is free for the 1 p.m. start.

Five Ohio State seniors will be honored prior to the start of the meet, the final home dual for the women’s program this season. Swimming victory laps one last time in magical McCorkle will be:

  • Anita Beck, a biology major from Cincinnati and Anderson High School;
  • Samantha Cheverton, a psychology major from Lachine, Quebec, Canada and Queen of Angels Academy;
  • Shelby Gordon, a business major from Maumee, Ohio, and Maumee High School; and
  • Morgan Menzie, an animal sciences major from Katy, Texas, and Cinco Ranch High School.

Diver Katie Bell, from Columbus and Graham High School, will also be honored. The social work major will still have another opportunity to compete in McCorkle March 10-12 when Ohio State hosts the NCAA Diving Zones.

More on the Opponents  Michigan State was 10th at the 2010 Big Ten championships. The Spartans are 3-5 in dual meets this season, including an 0-4 record in duals against Big Ten competition. Matt Gianiodis is in his 13th season as a coach at Michigan State and he is in his eighth season as head coach of both the men’s and women’s programs.

Michigan, third at the 2010 Big Ten championships (62.5 points in front of fifth-place Ohio State), is under the direction of 26th-year head coach Jim Richardson. The team is 4-5 in dual meets and 2-2 in Big Ten duals, but the Wolverines have faced a most-difficult schedule having competed in duals against five ranked teams already (No. 1 Stanford, No. 3 Texas, No. 6 Florida, No. 13 Minnesota and No. 14 Indiana).

What’s Up with the Bucks?  Ohio State will compete in a Big Ten dual for the first time this season this weekend. The team has feasted on six Ohio opponents in duals so far, winning by an average margin of 74.3 points to leave no doubt that the Buckeyes, under coach Bill Dorenkott, are taking care of business in their home state. That hadn’t always been the case. Dorenkott’s teams, though, are 14-0 against other Ohio colleges and universities; 17-5 in all dual meets.  

Big Ten Brushes This Year  Ohio State has competed against Big Ten competition at two invitational meets this year. In fact, Ohio State finished ahead of both Michigan and Purdue at the eight-team Purdue Invite in late November. During that meet, sophomore Megan Detro starred, winning the 50 and 100 freestyle events and also taking part in three relay wins (400 medley and 400 and 800 free relays, respectively).

Ohio State also competed against Indiana and Northwestern at the U.S. Short Course National Championships in early December at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes were fifth among 15 collegiate teams competing. Indiana, the defending Big Ten champion, was fourth with Cal, Southern California and Notre Dame taking the top three spots, respectively.

Team’s Top Times  Buckeyes are among the Big Ten Conference’s Top 5 times a total of eight times in seven different events. Leading the way is Samantha Cheverton, who has the fastest 500 free time and the second-fastest 200 free time. Megan Detro has three Top 5 rankings, including the second-fastest 100 free. She is also fourth in the 50 free and fifth in the 200 free. Angela Severn has posted the third- and fourth-fastest times in the 400 individual medley and 200 individual medley, respectively, and Shannon Draves’ 100 fly time is fourth-best in the Big Ten. All five of the team’s relay squads have also posted Top 5 times in the Big Ten as well.

The team’s fastest times of the season, to date:

50 free – Megan Detro, 22.86 B

100 free – Megan Detro, 49.22 B

200 free – Samantha Cheverton, 1:45.62 B

500 free – Samantha Cheverton, 4:39.71 B

1000 free – Kelly Ann Baird, 10:07.83

1,650 free – Kelly Ann Baird, 16:34.76 B

100 back – Kelsey Moran, 55.12 B

200 back – Emily Creran, 1:58.29 B

100 breast – Catherine Eitel, 1:03.24

200 breast – Angela Severn, 2:17.40

100 fly – Shannon Draves, 54.33 B

200 fly – Shannon Draves, 1:59.36 B

200 IM – Angela Severn, 2:00.22 B

400 IM – Angela Severn, 4:14.26 B

200 free relay – Williams, Detro, Moran, Cater, 1:32.82

400 free relay – Cater, Williams, Detro, Cheverton, 3:18.68 B

800 free relay – Beck, Norris, Cheverton, Detro, 7:11.68 B

200 medley relay – Moran, Severn, Draves, Detro, 1:40.37 B

400 medley relay – Moran, Severn, Williams, Detro, 3:41.11 B

B indicates NCAA provisional qualifying standard

Order of Events  The Michigan State meet will be run with alternating women’s and men’s races with two breaks for 1- and 3-meter diving competitions. The order of events will be:

  • 1. 200 medley relay
  • 2. 1000 free
  • 3. 200 free
  • 4. 100 back
  • 5. 100 breast
  • 6. 200 fly
  • 7. 50 free
  • 8. 3-meter diving
  • 9. 100 free
  • 10. 200 back
  • 11. 200 breast
  • 12. 500 free
  • 13. 100 fly
  • 14. 1-meter diving
  • 15. 200 IM
  • 16. 200 free relay

Poll Positions  Ohio State, at No. 18, is one of five Big Ten teams nationally ranked this week in the TYR/College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll. Others from the Big Ten, in addition to No. 15 Michigan, are No. 13 Minnesota, No. 14 Indiana and No. 20 Purdue.

Five Team Captains  The Buckeyes are captained in the pool by five swimmers: seniors Anita Beck and Samantha Cheverton; junior Lisa Narum; and sophomores Emily Creran and Megan Detro.