COLUMBUS, Ohio The 2008 fall quarter at Ohio State University is complete and members of the women’s swimming team did exceptionally well in the classroom with 17 of the team’s 23 swimmers, or 74-percent of the team, recording at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA).  

Additionally, 10 of those 17 had GPAs of 3.5 or better and three individuals juniors Megan Alexander, from Columbus, and Farriss Blaskovitz, from Nepean, Ontario, and freshman Jenna Hillier, from Dublin recorded perfect 4.0 GPAs for the quarter.

“The swimmers did an awesome job in the classroom throughout the fall quarter,” swimming coach Bill Dorenkott said. “I am really pleased with the fall quarter grades for the team. A 3.34 overall grade point average for the team is exceptional and I really must commend the team members for staying conscientious about their school responsibilities and focused in their efforts.

“I also have to give a tremendous amount of credit to our Student-Athlete Support Services Office (SASSO) and Aaron Estes, who is our team’s lead academic counselor. The resources that SASSO provides our student-athletes are second to none and Aaron, as well as the SASSO coordinators and learning specialists, are always available and they are always looking out for the best interests of our student-athletes.” 

Members of the team are currently enjoying a break from classes and are training in the pool until Dec. 23, at which time they will depart for their holiday break. The Buckeyes, 3-0 in dual meets this season and coming off a fourth-place finish at the 15-team Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invite, resume dual meet competition at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, vs. Wright State at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.