COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s swimming team takes on the Bearcats from Cincinnati Friday, Nov. 7, at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The co-ed dual meet begins at 6 p.m.

Ohio State opened the 2008-09 season with a 160-82 victory over Division III reigning champion Kenyon College Saturday, Nov. 1, at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

The Buckeyes had four swimmers finish with two wins apiece. Junior Jill Lockhart took first in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events. Sophomore Samantha Cheverton won both the 100 and 200 butterfly events, while classmate Katelyn Brix won the 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley. Freshman Natalie Nichols picked up her first collegiate victories in the 200 and 500 freestyles.

The Bearcats opened up the 2008-09 season at the Golden Grizzley Quadrangular in Rochester, Mich. The team came away with a 1-2 record, defeating Wayne State (200-100), but falling to Oakland (176-124) and Western Kentucky (218-82).

The Bearcats are led by sophomore Elinore de Jong and senior Shannon McCarthy. De Jong is last season’s team MVP and scored points for Cincinnati at the Big East championships in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. McCarthy scored points at the conference championships in the 200 backstroke.

Against Kenyon on Saturday, a handful of firsts were acquired by the Buckeyes. Head Coach Bill Dorenkott picked up his first win as Ohio State’s coach with the 160-82 win. Junior Meg Noble captured her first collegiate win in the 50 freestyle, while freshmen Natalie Nichols and Lisa Narum earned their first collegiate wins. Narum won the 100 freestyle.

The Ohio State diving team closed out the 2007-08 season as one of the top diving squads in the nation. Junior Chelsea Davis and freshmen Bianca Alvarez and Kristen Asmen went 9-1 on the one-meter and 10-0 on the three-meter during the dual meet season. All three earned All-America honors at the NCAA championship with Davis winning a national title on the three-meter springboard and Alvarez the national runner-up on the event.

In April, Bill Dorenkott was named the head coach of the Ohio State women’s swimming program. He arrived at Ohio State after serving as head coach of the Penn State women’s team for the past 10 years and its men’s team for seven years. Dorenkott has coached the Penn State women to Big Ten Conference championships in 2002, 2005 and 2006. He has coached 27 different student-athletes to 32 Big Ten individual championships and has had a total of 57 swimmers qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials over the years.

Vince Panzano, in his 31st season at Ohio State, is considered as one of the most highly respected diving coaches in the world. Panzano has produced one world champion, one junior world champion, two Olympic medalists, 22 U.S. diving champions, 12 NCAA champions, 16 NCAA runners-up, 54 Big Ten champions and 75 All-Americans. Panzano also has coached Ohio State and McDonald’s Diving to six national team titles. Panzano and Ohio State have had divers on five of the last six Olympic Teams. Among his many accolades, he has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year nine times and NCAA Diving Coach of the Year four times, including the 2008 women’s Coach of the Year.

Joining first-year Ohio State head coach Bill Dorenkott are two new assistants. Acting as assistant coach is Stefanie Williams. Williams came to Ohio State after serving as assistant coach at the University of Missouri. She was a four-time NCAA national champion and 24-time All-American swimmer at Georgia and graduated from there in 2003.

Also assisting the program is graduate assistant coach Susan Johnson, who swam competitively at and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

The Buckeyes added five freshmen to the squad this season. Catherine Eitel, Erin Fawley and Jenna Hillier hail from Ohio, while Lisa Narum and Natalie Nichols are California natives.

The Buckeye diving squad will compete against Miami on Nov. 14 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion at 5 p.m. The entire team will travel to Cleveland to take on Cleveland State on Nov. 25 beginning at 5 p.m.