COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team experienced a lot of change and a lot of success during the 2008-09 season. With a new coach and a new outlook, the Buckeyes made significant steps towards establishing a successful program.

“Overall, we are pleased with the strides we have taken this season with the program,” Bill Dorenkott, head women’s swimming coach, said. “The early steps in any journey are the least glamorous, but oftentimes the most memorable. I believe that history will prove this year to be significant in the future of Ohio State women’s swimming.”

The Buckeyes finished eighth at the 2009 Big Ten championships, but made big improvements, having seven swimmers score points in 16 events compared to the previous season when four athletes scored in six events.

Another highlight of the season was seeing 12 school records fall, all at the conference championships. The Buckeyes also had seven athletes record NCAA “B” qualifying times.

“Most programs sum up their success in the form of varsity records or NCAA finishes,” Dorenkott said. “While we are proud of such accolades, the measure of this season will be the pride, passion and resolve that was reestablished within the confines of McCorkle.

“Belief is a powerful thing and my gut tells me that our team is really starting to believe that anything is possible with the Buckeyes.”

A total of 12 school records were set this season by Buckeye swimmers. Highlighting the list is sophomore Samantha Cheverton, who set five individual records and was a part of three record-setting relays.

  • 200-yard freestyle Cheverton (1:46.72)
  • 500-yard freestyle Cheverton (4:43.86)
  • 100-yard breaststroke Alexander (1:01.27)
  • 200-yard breaststroke Alexander (2:12.79)
  • 100-yard backstroke Cheverton (54.44)
  • 200-yard backstroke Cheverton (1:56.59
  • 100-yard butterfly Cheverton (54.78)
  • 200-yard individual medley Brix (2:00.57)
  • 200-yard medley relay Lockhart, Eitel, Brayman, Mitchell (1:43.48)
  • 400-yard medley relay Cheverton, Alexander, Buelens, Narum (3:39.42)
  • 400-yard freestyle relay Narum, Cheverton, Beck, Buelens (3:21.57)
  • 800-yard freestyle relay Cheverton, Narum, Buelens, Beck (7:01.65)

The Buckeyes had seven swimmers score points in 16 events at the 2009 Big Ten championships. Junior Jill Lockhart and sophomores Katelyn Brix and Samantha Cheverton each scored points in three events during the conference meet.

  • Megan Alexander 100 breaststroke (7th), 200 breaststroke (8th)
  • Anita Beck 200 freestyle (15th), 200 butterfly (14th)
  • Katelyn Brix 200 breaststroke (10th), 200 IM (15th), 400 IM (15th)
  • Griet Buelens 200 butterfly (10th)
  • Samantha Cheverton 500 freestyle (10th), 100 backstroke (12th), 200 backstroke (7th)
  • Jill Lockhart 200 backstroke (13th), 200 IM (16th), 400 IM (14th)
  • Colleen Schweitzer 100 breaststroke (13th), 200 breaststroke (15th)

Also scoring points were five Ohio State relays. Cheverton and freshman Lisa Narum were a part of four relays, while Buelens and Beck were each on three relay teams.

  • 200 freestyle relay Narum, Cheverton, Beck, Meg Noble (10th)
  • 400 freestyle relay Narum, Cheverton, Beck, Buelens (9th)
  • 800 freestyle relay Cheverton, Narum, Buelens, Beck (4th) 
  • 200 medley relay Lockhart, Catherine Eitel, Courtney Brayman, Haley Mitchell (11th)
  • 400 medley relay Cheverton, Alexander, Buelens, Narum (5th)

Seven athletes were recognized for their efforts at the banquet this season. Sophomore Samantha Cheverton earned two awards, being named Coaches Most Valuable Player and Team Most Valuable Player. She led the squad with 12 individual wins on the season and had two top-10 finishes at the Big Ten championships.

Senior Courtney Brayman was named Most Improved by the coaches. The tri-captain from Pittsford, N.Y., recorded nine top-five finishes during the dual season and was a member of the record-setting 200-yard medley relay squad.

Earning the Hardest Worker honor was junior Mary Ann Wiser. The Greenwood, Ind., product swam career-best times in three events this season (200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke) and had nine top-five finishes during the regular season.

Senior tri-captain Griet Buelens was honored with the Best Attitude award. She finished second on the team with 10 individual wins and was a part of three record-breaking relays. Final award winners were junior Farriss Blaskovits and sophomore Morgan Menzie. The pair earned the team’s Highest GPA award.

Team Award Winners:
Coaches Most Valuable Player:   Samantha Cheverton

Most Improved:   Courtney Brayman

Highest GPA:   2 – Farriss Blaskovits, Morgan Menzie

Hardest Worker:   Mary Ann Wiser

Best Attitude:   Griet Buelens

Team MVP:   Samantha Cheverton