COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State sophomore Samantha Cheverton has been named the Big Ten Conference Swimmer of the Week for her efforts in the Buckeyes’ win last week over Cleveland State. Cheverton is the first women’s swimmer from Ohio State to be honored with the Big Ten’s weekly award in three years.

An NCAA qualifier last year as a freshman for the Buckeyes, Cheverton earned two individual and two relay first-place honors last Tuesday in a 178-82 road win over Cleveland State.  The Lachine, Quebec native and Queen of Angels Academy graduate posted times of 27.32 and 25.92 in the 50-yard backstroke and the 50 butterfly, respectively.  Cheverton also took part on both the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay squads. The Ohio State women are now 3-0 on the season.

Cheverton was back in the pool over the Thanksgiving holiday break, competing at the Canada Cup in Toronto, Canada. Her fast times continued at the event as she posted an NCAA “B” qualifying time in the 200 backstroke of 2:11.43 and she just missed the “B” cut in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:00.56. Her converted times in both those events are below the current Ohio State school records, but converted times cannot be used as a varsity record. Converted times can be used to meet or go under NCAA qualifying standards. 

“We did not do anything special to prepare Sam to race in Canada so we are very pleased with the results,” Ohio State coach Bill Dorenkott said. “Sam is a big time athlete and swims to the occasion. We were most impressed with her efforts in the finals as she got significantly faster at night.

“Sam was very solid on the back half of her races. Success at the NCAA championships, for Sam, will be a function of getting her out fast with some easy speed at the midpoint of her races.

“There is no limit to how far Sam can go in the sport. She has both the work ethic and temperament to compete on the international level.”

Cheverton and the Buckeyes will host the annual Ohio State Swimming & Diving Invite Friday through Sunday, Dec. 5-7, at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Swimmers and divers from 15 different schools will be competing at this year’s event, which is run in the order that NCAA and conference championships are contested. Admission is free.