COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State’s Chelsea Davis and diving Head Coach Vince Panzano were named Tri-Diver of the Year and Diving Coach of the Year, respectively, at the conclusion of the 2008 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

Davis, from Columbus, shared Diver of the Year honors with Emma Friesen of Hawaii and Brittany Viola of Miami. Davis claimed her first national championship after capturing the 3-meter title Friday. On Thursday, the Columbus native finished eighth on the 1-meter event.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” Davis said.  “It is definitely such an incredible experience. Not only did I win a national championship, but I got to do it at home at Ohio State. It is something I’ll always remember.”

Panzano earned his fourth national Coach of the Year honor after directing the Ohio State diving trio to 85 points at the championships. He watched as all three of his divers earned All-America honors on three different events, something he said “is really special.” Behind the Buckeye divers, Ohio State finished 15th at the national championships, its best finish since placing 12th in 1991.

Freshman Bianca Alvarez, from Miami, Fla., earned All-America honors after placing second on the 3-meter Friday and fifth on the 1-meter event Thursday. Freshman Kristen Asman, from Columbus, picked up her All-America honor by placing fourth on the platform Saturday. She also was 10th on the 1-meter and 16th on 3-meter.

“Our three divers were awesome,” Panzano said. “Obviously they placed well and to have three All-Americans on three different events is really special. It is awesome to compete in the biggest meet of the year in our own pool. We are very fortunate to have hosted Big Tens and NCAAs, and for the divers to step up and perform so well is incredible. We are blessed here. We have a great school, a great facility and we have had an awesome weekend. We scored a bunch of diving points and we’re 15th in the country.”

Samantha Cheverton represented the Buckeye swimmers in the preliminary round. The freshman from Lachine, Ontario participated in the 200-yard backstroke and finished in a time of 2:00.33. Participating in her first NCAA championships, Cheverton quickly recovered from a knee injury that prevented her from competing at the Big Ten championships.

Women’s Swimming and Diving
NCAA Championships

Saturday, March 22, 2008
Columbus, Ohio
Top 10 Team Standings: 1) Arizona 484; 2) Auburn 348; 3) Stanford 343; 4) Texas A&M 315; 5) California 291; 6) Florida 277.5; 7) Georgia 198; 8) Tennessee 179.5; 9) Michigan 130; 10) Indiana.

Saturday Event Winners: 1650 freestyle Emily Brunemann (Michigan) 15:53.69; 200 backstroke Gemma Spofforth (Florida) 1:50.70; 100 freestyle Lacey Nymeyer (Arizona) 47.50; 200 breaststroke Rebecca Soni (Southern Cal) 2:06.32; 200 butterfly Saori Haruguchi (Oregon State) 1:52.39; Platform diving Brittany Viola (Miami) 362.60; 400 freestyle relay Arizona 3:11.34.