COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s swimming team defeated Cincinnati, 146-112, Friday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The win improved the Buckeyes’ record under new coach Bill Dorenkott to 2-0 on the young season.

For the second meet in a row, the 200-yard medley relay team opened the competition with a Buckeye win. Sam Cheverton, Catherine Eitel, Jill Lockhart and Lisa Narum touched first in a time of 1:46.01.

A 1-2-3 Ohio State sweep in the second event of the evening the 1000 freestyle extended the Buckeyes’ lead to 29-7 after two events and the team kept the Bearcats in its wake the rest of the evening. Freshman Natalie Nichols won for the second time in her brief career in 10:11.37. She was followed by Haley Mitchell and another freshman, Erin Fawley.

“Considering we trained this morning, Natalie coming back to put up a good win in the 1000 was strong,” Ohio State coach Bill Dorenkott said.

Sam Cheverton kept the wins coming for Ohio State with a winning time of 1:52.20 in the 200 freestyle. Teammates Narum, Sarah Ratica, Farriss Blaskovits and Mary Ann Wiser followed Cheverton for a 19-point event.

“From where we are at in our training, we did alright,” Dorenkott said. “We are trying to get a better gauge on our relays and I felt our detail starts, turns and breakouts was solid. We do have to work hard on staying tough all the way through the meet, though, because I felt we faded a bit after a real nice start.”

Lockhart added to her first-place effort in the 200 medley relay with an individual win in the 100 backstroke in a winning time of 58.50. Lockhart also took first in the event in the win over Kenyon last week.

Megan Alexander won her first individual event of the season by winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.69 with Colleen Schweitzer a close second in 1:06.80. Griet Buelens then cruised to a three-second win in the 200 butterfly (2:03.49) before the Bearcats stopped the Buckeyes’ victory streak at six with a win in the 50 freestyle by Ellie de Jong.

At the halfway point of the meet the score was Ohio State 90, Cincinnati 40.

de Jong pulled off a sweet double as she won the 100 freestyle coming out of the break  in 52.05. She led a 1-2-3 sweep in the event for the Bearcats which tightened the score to 93-56.

Lockhart, a U.S. Olympic swimming trials qualifier in the 200 backstroke, captured her specialty with a time of 2:02.87 that was almost five seconds in front of her nearest competitor. The junior from Muncie, Ind., now has five wins this season, including four individual firsts.  

The frosh Eitel added to her relay win by picking up her first collegiate victory in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:22.95. Mitchell then followed with her initial individual win of the season, capturing first in the 500 freestyle in 5:03.35.

“Catherine Eitel’s win was one that I felt stood out today,” Dorenkott said. “She’s a young lady who continues to impress us in the water, plus she is such a positive, upbeat person.”

After de Jong displayed terrific versatility by winning her third event of the night, the 100 butterfly, Nichols took first in a time of 2:13.51 in the 200 individual medley.

The final event of the evening the 200 free relay was won by the Ohio State team of Meg Noble, Cheverton, Anita Beck and Narum in 1:37.13.

Ohio State returns to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on November 14 when the Buckeyes take on Miami University. The co-ed dual meet with the Ohio State and Miami men’s teams, which will feature the debut of the powerful Ohio State diving teams, begins at 5 p.m. 

Women’s Swimming
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2008
Columbus, Ohio
Team Scores: 1. Ohio State 146; 2. Cincinnati 112 
Event Winners:
200 medley relay 1. Ohio State, Cheverton, Eitel, Lockhart, Narum (1:46.01); 1000 freestyle Ohio State, Nichols (10:11.37); 200 freestyle Ohio State, Cheverton (1:52.20); 100 backstroke Ohio State, Lockhart (58.50); 100 Breaststroke Ohio State, Alexander (1:06.69); 200 butterfly Ohio State, Buelens (2:03.49); 50 freestyle UC, de Jong (24.18); 100 freestyle UC, de Jong (52.05);200 backstroke Ohio State, Lockhart (2:02.87); 200 breaststroke Ohio State, Eitel (2:22.95); 500 freestyle Ohio State, Mitchell (5:03.35);  100 butterfly UC, de Jong (56.30); 200 IM Ohio State, Nichols (2:13.51); 200 free relay Ohio State, Noble, Cheverton, Beck, Narum (1:37.13).