COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two wins – an individual win by sophomore Megan Detro and a 400 medley relay win – has sparked the No. 21 Ohio State women’s swimming team into third-place after the first day of action at the eight-team Purdue Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.

The Buckeyes have 167.5 points and trail only Arkansas (224.5 points) and Louisville (203.5) in the first major multi-day meet of the season. Purdue is just two points behind Ohio State and Michigan trails the Buckeyes by 35.5 points.

“It was a real good day,” third-year Ohio State coach Bill Dorenkott said. “This team is just really open in terms of learning and coaching. They have adjusted well and they always respond well to everything we ask. It’s kind of neat to see them grow.”

Detro, the talented sophomore who broke both school sprint freestyle records last year, was the fastest in the pool all day with a 22.91 preliminary time in the 50 free and a 22.90 clocking in the final, a mark that is second fastest all-time in school history. Freshman Michelle Williams was 10th in the event.  

“Megan’s racing today is significant because she really struggled this summer, both in terms of training and racing,” Dorenkott said. “But she came back this fall with an open mind and she is training at an absolutely different level than anyone I have coached. Her time certainly wasn’t a surprise and I don’t think it was too fast. It reflects where she is right now and right now she is really, really training well.”

Detro also anchored the Buckeyes’ winning 400 medley relay that won in 3:41.11. The team included sophomores Kelsey Moran and Angela Severn, and Williams.

Both winning times noted above were NCAA “B” cuts. Ohio State swimmers garnered a total of five on the day as senior Samantha Cheverton and freshman Kelly Ann Baird each hit the standard with third- and 11th-place finishes in the 500 free in 4:44.52 and 4:50.16, respectively. Junior Natalie Nichols and senior Anita Beck also scored points for the team by making the consolation finals in the 500.

Severn, coming off a three-individual win meet last Friday at Ohio, also hit the NCAA provisional standard with a 2:01.48 time in the 200 individual medley. Her time was good for second place and it led a spirited 200 IM event for the Buckeyes. Five individuals scored as freshman Alex Norris and sophomore Emily Creran each made the finals and freshman Libby Hunsche and sophomore Shannon Draves swam in the consolation finals.  

Ohio State’s 200 freestyle relay team of Williams, Detro, Moran and freshman Phoebe Cater opened the meet with a third-place time of 1:32.82. That time was just seven-hundredths of a second off the school record.

The three-day Purdue Invite continues throughout the weekend. Women’s Swimming & Diving

Friday, Nov. 19, 2010

West Lafayette, Ind

Purdue Aquatic Center

Team Scores: 

1. Arkansas 224.5, 2. Louisville 203.5, 3. Ohio State 167.5, 4. Purdue 165.5, 5. Michigan 132, 6. Missouri State 70, 7. Cincinnati 48, 8. Southern Illinois 44

Ohio State Results: 200 free relay – 3. Williams, Detro, Moran, Cater (1:32.82); 500 freestyle – 3. Cheverton (4:44.52), 11. Baird (4:50.16), 13. Nichols (4:54.45), 15. Beck (4:56.75); 200 IM – 2. Severn (2:01.48), 6. Norris (2:03.77), 8. Creran (2:04.42), 15. Hunsche (2:05.62), 16. Draves (2:06.96); 50 free – 1. Detro (22.91), 13. Williams (23.51); 400 medley relay – 1. Moran, Severn, Williams, Detro (3:41.11).