Feb. 24, 2013

PDF: Saturday Results (Finals)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team finished in the Top 4 at the Big Ten Championships for the third-consecutive year Saturday night at the University Aquatics Center in Minneapolis, Minn. The Buckeyes placed fourth overall with 384 points highlighted by a first-place finish by senior Shannon Draves, who defended her Big Ten title in the 200 butterfly with a school-record time 1:55.12.

“We had some standout performances this weekend, including Shannon’s back-to-back Big Ten titles in the 200 fly,” head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott. “I am proud of our senior class for its leadership and poise. They are destined for much success in life. And, they will always be Buckeyes.”

                                                                                                                                                                     Minnesota won the conference championships with 831.5 points followed by: 2. Indiana (671.5), 3. Penn State (498.5), 4. Ohio State (384), 5. Purdue (363), 6. Michigan (309), 7. Wisconsin (249), 8. Northwestern (203.5), 9. Nebraska (195), 10. Iowa (113), 11. Iowa (56) and Michigan State (56).

Draves, a native of Gilbertsville, Pa., of becomes the first Buckeye to win back-to-back Big Ten titles in the 200 butterfly in program history. With the performance, she earns First Team All-Big Ten honors for the second-consecutive year.

Also making the All-Big Ten list were seniors Kelsey Moran and Angela Severn as well as junior Michelle Williams, who earned second team accolades. Junior Alex Norris was the team’s top point scorer with 38 points – the fifth most by a competitor at the championships.

Junior Kelly Ann Baird began the night for the Scarlet and Gray with the final day at the league championships with an sixth place finish in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 16:20.87, while Norris placed eighth overall with a time of 16:24.68. Both finishes were NCAA “B” times.

Next in the 200 backstroke, Emily Creran notched a season-best time of 1:55.41 for third overall, while Moran (1:57.85) and senior Lauren Massey (1:58.31) placed 14th and 15th, respectively.

Freshman Annie Lazor had a solid performance in the 200 breaststroke, placing eighth overall with an NCAA “B” time of 2:15.18. Severn finished 12th, touching the wall in 2:13.49 in the B Final.

In diving, redshirt sophomore Cheyenne Cousineau placed ninth overall in the platform finals with a total score of 306.40, while sophomore Taylor Ford notched 283.55 points for 11th overall.

The Scarlet and Gray closed out the championships with a seventh-place performance in the 400 freestyle relay after the quartet of Phoebe Cater, Annie Jongekrijg, Megan Detro and Michelle Williams posted an NCAA “B” time of 3:18.79.

Ohio State Top Finishes:  1650 Freestyle – 6. Baird (16:20.87), 8. 16:24.68; 200 backstroke – 3. Creran (1:55.41); 200 breaststroke – 8. Lazor (2:15.18), 12. Severn (2:13.49); Platform Finals – 9. Cousineau (306.40), 11. Ford (283.55); 400 freestyle  – 7. Cater, Jongekrijg, Detro and Williams (3:18.79).