COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team has enjoyed a successful 2008-09 season under first-year head coach Bill Dorenkott. Highlighting the season was the 12 school records broken throughout the year. 

The Buckeyes finished the season with a 5-4 mark in dual meets. Ohio State finished eighth at the conference meet but, more importantly, planted positive seeds for the future. The Scarlet and Gray broke seven individual records and four relay records during the Big Ten championships and saw 16 individuals finish in the top 16. Over 85 percent of the swims were lifetime-best swims and the Buckeyes will return all but three swimmers to next year’s squad.

New School-Records
A total of 12 school records were broken during the season. Highlighting the list is sophomore Samantha Cheverton. The Lachine, Quebec, product broke five individual records and was a part of three record-breaking relays.

The 2009 Ohio State Record Breakers:

  • 200-yard freestyle Cheverton (1:46.72)
  • 500-yard freestyle Cheverton (4:43.86)
  • 100-yard breaststroke junior Megan 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 sophomore Katelyn Brix (2:00.57)
  • 200-yard medley relay junior Jill Lockhart, freshman Catherine Eitel, senior Courtney Brayman, junior Haley Mitchell (1:43.48)
  • 400-yard medley relay Cheverton, Alexander, senior Griet Buelens, freshman Lisa Narum (3:39.42)
  • 400-yard freestyle relay Narum, Cheverton, sophomore Anita Beck, Buelens (3:21.57)
  • 800-yard freestyle relay Cheverton, Narum, Buelens, Beck (7:01.65)

NCAA Qualifiers
A total of eight swimmers and three relays have recorded NCAA “B” cut times, while both Buckeye divers have qualified for the NCAA Diving Zones that will be held in West Lafayette, Ind., March 13-15. The list of NCAA “B” qualifiers includes:

  • Megan Alexander 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke
  • Anita Beck 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle
  • Katelyn Brix 200 individual medley, 400 individual medley, 200 breaststroke
  • Griet Buelens 200 butterfly
  • Samantha Cheverton 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke
  • Whitney Hackman 200 breaststroke
  • Jill Lockhart 200 individual medley, 400 individual medley
  • Relays: 400 medley, 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle
  • Kristen Asman 1-meter, 3-meter, 10-meter platform
  • Katie Bell 1-meter, 3-meter, 10-meter platform