COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State swimming coach Bill Dorenkott released the names of eight student-athletes Wednesday who have signed National Letters of Intent to pursue a degree at Ohio State University and to swim competitively for the Buckeyes.

The eight-member class of 2013 includes student-athletes from five states and Canada, and includes Kimberly Bowman (Surrey, British Columbia), Jackie Brousseau (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Emily Creran (Haddonfield, N.J.), Megan Detro (Carmel, Ind.), Shannon Draves (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Lauren Massey (Indianapolis), Angela Severn (Harleysville, Pa.) and Elisabeth Tavierne (St. Charles, Ill.).

Dorenkott, and assistant coach Stefanie Williams, haven’t even been in Columbus for six months, yet they have already proved to be efficient and effective at managing their time on the road recruiting and taking care of the coaching responsibilities for their current student-athletes, who have opened the 2008-09 season with a 3-0 record.

“Stefanie and I hit the ground running after the Olympic Trials in July with the goal of putting together a solid first recruiting class,” Dorenkott said. “I believe we exceeded our expectations with this class. These young ladies have the ability, potential and desire to be special.”

Dorenkott, who guided Penn State to three Big Ten Conference championships and who coached at least 12 swimmers each year to the NCAA championships in four of his last six years, also believes his first Ohio State recruiting class is comparable to some of his prior classes that helped build championship teams.

“This class has as much in common as any group that I have ever been a part of recruiting,” Dorenkott said. “They are strong academically, boast a steep rate of improvement in the pool and value the power of a strong team dynamic.”

Williams, an All-American and national champion on three Georgia NCAA championship teams and who clearly knows what it takes to be a champion, echoed Dorenkott’s thoughts on the recruiting class.

“Bill and I couldn’t be happier with this class,” Williams said. “They are terrific young ladies who are very passionate about swimming. They will have an immediate impact on our team!”

Biographical information on each of the student-athletes, listed alphabetically, follows.
The Ohio State Swimming Class of 2013

Kimberly Bowman

  • Surrey, British Columbia
  • Semiahmoo Secondary School
  • Club Team: Pacific Sea Wolves (Coach Brad Dingey)
  • Canadian Olympic Trials Qualifier

Kimberly is a sprint freestyle and a butterfly specialist with short course meters bests of 26.23 in the 50 free, 57.39 in the 100 free and 1:03.31 in the 100 fly … she is the daughter of Ron and Glenda Bowman … she has an older sister, Rachel, and an older brother, Scott.

Coach Dorenkott: “Kimberly is an excellent student who will build on our tradition of academic achievement. She is also one of the top up-and-coming sprinters out of Canada this year. We have a strong belief that Kimberly will be a significant part of the reemergence of Buckeye relay successes at the NCAA level.”

Jackie Brousseau

  • Thousand Oaks, Calif.
  • Westlake High School (Coach Todd Irmas)
  • Club Team:  Class Aquatics (Coach Steve Reardon)
  • U.S. Open Qualifier

Jackie is a sprint freestyle swimmer and also a breaststroke specialist … she has freestyle bests of 23.64 and 51.91 in the 50 and 100, respectively … she has breaststroke bests of 1:04.39 (100) and 2:20.60 (200) … Jackie is the daughter of Karen and Brian Brousseau and she has one younger brother, Brian.

Coach Dorenkott: “Jackie has a natural ability to lead. She has a strong sense of self and an ability to make those around her comfortable and confident. Stefanie and I are very much looking forward to watching Jackie’s development over four years as a Buckeye.”

Emily Creran

  • Haddonfield, N.J.
  • Haddonfield Memorial H.S. (Coach Robert Querubin)
  • Club Team: GPAC (Coach Matthew Sprang)
  • U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier

Emily was the 2008 New Jersey state champion in the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley, with a state record time of 2:03.74 in the 200 IM … she has posted additional best  times of 2:00.57 in the 200 backstroke and 4:19.38 in the 400 IM … she is the daughter of Maureen and Howard Creran and she has two sisters, Kiersten and Katie, and a brother, Tim.

Coach Dorenkott: “Emily has an infectious smile and is quick to offer a compliment. She won over our women’s team with her personality on her recruiting trip. I am grateful to Emily for giving Ohio State the opportunity to be a part of her future.”

Megan Detro

  • Carmel, Ind.
  • Carmel High School (Coach Chris Plumb)
  • Club Team: Carmel Swim Club (Coach Chris Plumb)
  • U.S. Nationals Qualifier

Megan, who swims for a high school that has won 22 consecutive Indiana state swimming championships, is a sprint freestyler with bests of 23.38, 51.32 and 1:52.62 in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard events, respectively … she is the daughter of Deb Detro and Bill Detro, and she has three younger sisters: Rebecca, Sarah and Rachel.

Coach Dorenkott: “Megan comes to us highly recommended by both Chris Plumb and Ian Murray at Carmel Swim Club. We love the fact that Megan places such a high value on her family and will be close enough to home to share her collegiate experience with them.”

Shannon Draves

  • Gilbertsville, Pa.
  • Boyertown Senior H.S. (Coach Linda Jones)
  • Club Team: Pottstown Seahawks (Coach Bill Draves)
  • U.S. National Qualifier

Shannon swims butterfly and the middle distance freestyle events … she has career bests of 55.22 in the 100 butterfly, 2:03.75 in the 200 butterfly and 5:01.22 in the 500 freestyle … she is the daughter of Anita and Bill Draves … she has three younger siblings: brothers Billy and Michael, and a sister Teresa.

Coach Dorenkott: “I cannot recall the last time we had so many club coaches speak so highly of one young lady. We had coaches from all over Pennsylvania tell us that Shannon is a special young lady. After spending time with Shannon during the recruiting process we understood what they were talking about. I am grateful to the Middle Atlantic coaches who have encouraged their student-athletes to further their careers at Ohio State.”

Lauren Massey

  • Indianapolis, Ind.
  • North Central H.S. (Charlie Fry)
  • Club Team: Washington Township (Charlie Fry)
  • U.S. Open Qualifier

Lauren is a sprint freestyle and backstroke swimmer with best times of 23.59 (50 free), 51.73 (100 free) and 58.28 (100 backstroke) … she is the daughter of Mary and Steve Massey … she has one younger sister, Kristin.  

Coach Dorenkott: “Lauren is a sprinter who can flat-out, get after it in training. She is a standout in both track and cross country as well as swimming. We love working with young people who possess athleticism on land as well as in the water. We feel very fortunate to land the top two sprinters out of Indiana in Lauren and Megan Detro.”

Angela Severn

  • Harleysville, Pa.
  • Souderton Area H.S. (Coach Todd Bauer)
  • Club Team: Germantown Academy Aquatic Club (Coach Richard Shoulberg)
  • U.S. Open Qualifier

Angela is a freestyle swimmer with bests of 23:99 in the 50 free, 51.79 (100 free), 1:51.37 (200 free) and 5:01.96 (500 free) … she is the daughter of Victoria and Roger Severn … she has one younger brother, Christopher.

Coach Dorenkott: “Angela may have the steepest rate of improvement of any athlete that I have ever recruited. She can swim the 50 up to the 500 free. We very much enjoyed getting to know Angela and her father during her recruiting weekend in Columbus. Angela is humble, hardworking and unassuming. ”

Elisabeth Tavierne

  • St. Charles, Ill.
  • Rosary High School (Coach Bill Schalz)
  • Club Team: St. Charles Swim Team (Coach Tim Lewarchick)
  • U.S. Open Qualifier

Elisabeth is a backstroke and breaststroke specialist … she has best times of 55.99 in the 100-yard backstroke, 2:06.92 in the 200 backstroke and 1:07.07 in the 100 breaststroke … she is the daughter of Peg and Randy Tavierne … she has three younger siblings; a brother, Michael, and sisters Maria and Anne.

Coach Dorenkott: “Elisabeth was the sleeper of our class until she dropped from 57.7 to 55 in the backstroke last weekend. Her club coach, Tim Lewarchick, called us this summer to tell us about her. After meeting Elisabeth and talking to her high school coach, Bill Schalz, we felt very strongly that she was exactly the type of young lady we were looking to build our program around.”