COLUMBUS, Ohio – The waiting has begun for at least seven members of the Ohio State women’s swimming team, fresh off a third-place finish at the Big Ten championships – Ohio State’s best finish in 17 years – and just possibly the fastest championships as well with 11 school records broken a total of 14 times.  

Based on those Big Ten swims and subsequent efforts this past weekend at an NCAA last chance meet hosted by Ohio State at the fast McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Ohio State third-year coach Bill Dorenkott is confident that at least seven Buckeyes will be selected for the NCAA championships field. This year’s championships are set for March 17-19 at the University of Texas.

Dorenkott believes four swimmers – seniors Samantha Cheverton (Lachine, Quebec) and Anita Beck (Cincinnati, Ohio), sophomore Megan Detro (Carmel, Ind.) and freshman Alex Norris (Cincinnati, Ohio) – are virtual locks for the NCAA championships as part of two relays – the 400 freestyle relay and the 800 freestyle relay.

… Oh, don’t it feel like heaven right now;

The quartet completely blew the school 800 free relay record out of the water at Big Tens with a stunning time of 7:02.64 that was nearly seven seconds faster than the school mark and is currently the seventh-fastest time in the country. The NCAA “A” standard for this relay is 7:02.07. Beck led off with Cheverton, Detro and Norris following. 

Don’t it feel like something from a dream;

And then with Cheverton leading off and followed by Detro, Beck and Norris, they demolished the school 400 free relay record with a time of 3:16.10 that took over four seconds off the old mark. This relay, like the 800, also finished second at the Big Ten championships and got to within about two strokes of the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 3:14.93.

…Yeah I’ve never known nothing quite like this;

This weekend a handful of Buckeyes got back into the pool for one final chance at improving their best times and turning their NCAA “B” times into “A” times, or to at least get closer to the “A” standard. Dorenkott thinks three more Buckeyes will be pulled into the NCAA field based on their best performances.

…We know better than to try and pretend;

Emily Creran, a sophomore from Haddonfield, N.J., swam a personal best and school record 1:54.26 time in the 200 backstroke to get within one second of the NCAA “A” cut of 1:53.37. Creran’s time is 15th-fastest in the nation. 

Kelsey Moran, a sophomore from Lakewood, Ohio, has a school-record best of 53.21 in the 100 backstroke with an “A” qualifying time for the event at 52.55.

And Angela Severn, another sophomore who is from Harleysville, Pa., has a fine 1:58.54 swim in the 200 individual medley (NCAA “A” standard is 1:56.13). She is the first Buckeye to ever go below 2:00.00 in the event and she’s done it twice.

…You take it on faith, you take it to the heart; the waiting is the hardest part.

Well done, Buckeyes. Can’t wait for NCAAs! 

Lyrics from “The Waiting” by Tom Petty