COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team (1-1) opens its home season at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion at 5 p.m. Friday against the University of Washington. The meet will be a co-ed dual meet that also features the Ohio State men competing against Washington.

The Buckeyes are 1-1 in dual meets this season with a win over Kenyon and a loss to Ohio University. The team is coming off a win in a four-team invite last weekend at Washington State University that featured the host Cougarss as well as Pacific and Idaho.

Freshmen Samantha Cheverton, from Lachine, Quebec, Anita Beck, from Cincinnati and Katelyn Brix, from Brentwood, Calif, have opened their collegiate career with multiple wins and appear to be the best so far of what coach Jeanne Fleck calls an outstanding group of freshmen. Cheverton has five wins in two meets and was named the Swimmer of the Meet at the Washington State Invite last week. Beck has three victories and Brix has two.

Washington head coach Whitney Hite enters his second year with the Huskie swimming program. Hite returns 15 swimmers from last year, including Washington’s only NCAA Championships representative, Kim Jasmer. The junior captain holds Huskie records in the 100, 200, 500 and 1650-yard freestyles. Senior Maggie Bever and junior Shandra Case join Jasmer as captains of the Huskie squad.  Hite’s recruiting class is considered one of the best in UW history and features Ariana Kukors, who came into the program ranked third in the world in the 200 individual medley and fourth in the 400 individual medley. Kukors is also a member of the U.S. National Team.
The Huskies are coming off a 116-89 loss to Stanford Nov. 3. In the meet, Kukors broke the previous school record in the 400 individual medley by more than seven seconds with a time of 4:11.30.

Ohio State combined for five individual wins and two relay victories to finish first at the Debbie Pipher Memorial Invitational, hosted by Washington State University. Ohio State’s 212.5 points topped Pacific, which finished second with 206 points. Washington State was not far behind and took third (204) with Idaho finishing in a distant fourth (124.5).

The divers did not compete last weekend but will be in action this week. Junior Chelsea Davis took first on the one-meter board at Kenyon two weeks ago with 300.23 points and was followed by freshmen Bianca Alvarez and Kristen Asman. Alavarez won the three-meter event with 300.98 points and was followed by Asman and then Davis.

Freshman Samantha Cheverton was named Swimmer of the Meet in the two-day, four-team Washington State Invitational. She won the 200-yard freestyle, 200 backstroke and 500 freestyle events and also swam on the victorious 800 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay teams. The 800 freestyle relay team, comprised of freshman Katelyn Brix, freshman Anita Beck, senior Annie Rennebohm and Cheverton, took first in a Gibb Pool record time of 7:35.03.
Freshman Anita Beck picked up two individual wins last week, in the 1,650 freestyle and 200 butterfly. In addition, she swam on the record setting 800 freestyle relay team and also on the winning 400 freestyle relay. Other member of the 400 freestyle relay were freshman Maggie O’Brien, senior Linda Lund-Kristiansen and Samantha Cheverton.
Second-place finishers last week included Beck in the 400 individual medley and sophomores Megan Alexander in the 200 breaststroke and Jill Lockhart in the 200 individual medley.

Swimming coach Jeanne Fleck has worked to improve the team and gain recognition on the conference and national levels in her eight seasons at Ohio State. Last season’s campaign saw the Buckeyes finish 6-3 overall and take eighth in the Big Ten Championships, sending two swimmers to the 2007 NCAA Championships.

Fleck also guided the team to a second place finish at the second annual Ohio State Invitational held at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. 
During her tenure at Ohio State, Fleck has coached 12 Buckeyes to school records. Academically, the Buckeyes had the highest grade point average in the Big Ten conference in 2004 and were ranked ninth in the country during fall quarter of 2003.

Vince Panzano is coach of the Ohio State men’s and women’s diving teams. Panzano, who was named the 2004 Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year for the eighth time in his career, has produced one world champion, one junior world champion, two Olympic medalists, 22 U.S. Diving champions, ten NCAA champions, 14 NCAA runners-up, 48 Big Ten champions and 69 NCAA All-Americans.

2007-08 CAPTAINS
Fleck has selected two swimmers to captain the young Buckeye squad. Senior Linda Lund-Kristiansen, a sprint freestyler and important member of the relays, is from Roennede, Denmark. Senior Annie Rennebohm, from Worthington, Ohio, will be a leader in the mid-distance freestyle events as well as compete on relays.

This year’s schedule is full of home-pool advantages as the women host six of their nine dual meets at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion and close their season by hosting the 2008 Big Ten and NCAA Championships, respectively. The Big Tens will be held Feb. 21-23 and the NCAAs are March 20-22.