COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team heads to Bloomington, Ind., for the team’s first Big Ten dual meet of the season. The 4-0 Buckeyes will take on Indiana and non-conference opponent Missouri in a co-ed tri-meet at noon Saturday.

Buckeyes Beat Wright State
Ohio State earned its fourth dual meet win of the season with a 177-109 win over Wright State Jan. 9 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Senior Griet Buelens and sophomore Samantha Cheverton led the way for the Buckeyes. Buelens captured wins in the 100-yard butterfly and 500 freestyle and Cheverton won the 50 backstroke and the 400 individual medley. Divers Kristen Asman and Katie Bell won the one-meter and three-meter, respectively.

Cheverton Picks Up NCAA Qualifying Times
Samantha Cheverton recorded two NCAA “B” cut times for the Buckeyes in the first half of the season. The native of Lachine, Quebec, recorded qualifying times in the 200 backstroke (1:57.32) and 500 freestyle (4:49.39).

Assistant Williams was a Tiger Coach
Ohio State first-year assistant coach Stefanie Williams spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach with the Missouri men’s and women’s swimming programs. She’ll renew friendships this weekend with student-athletes as well as with the Tigers’ co-head coaches, Brian Hoffer and Chris Peters.

Good Grades this Fall
Members of the women’s swimming team did exceptionally well in the classroom during the 2008 fall quarter 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 Indiana Hoosiers
The Hoosiers are currently ranked No. 11 by the College Swim Coaches Association of American (CSCAA) and are 3-1 in dual meets this season. The team is coming off a second-place finish at the Indiana Quad in Bloomington that featured No. 13 Tennessee, No. 19 Michigan and No. 21 Northwestern. Tennessee won the two-day meet with 1,454 points and was followed by Indiana’s 1,294.5 points.

A pair of upperclassmen leads the Hoosier squad that features 25 freshmen and sophomores. Kate Zubkova of Ukraine has dominated the 100 and 200 backstrokes for Indiana this season. The junior has four wins in each distance and also has two wins in the 100 butterfly and one in the 200 individual medley. Senior Christina Loukas heads the Indiana diving core. Loukas has six wins on the springboard events and recently won her ninth Big Ten Diver of the Week honor, a conference record. Loukas also participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a member of team USA.

The Missouri Tigers
Missouri enters the weekend as the No. 23-ranked team in the country. The Tigers are 1-4-1 on the season and recently fell to No. 22 Arkansas and Kentucky by scores of 159-141 and 154-144, respectively.

Senior Lori Halvorson leads the Tiger swimmers, while freshman Jordan Morcom guides the Missouri diving squad. Halvorson excels in the middle-distance freestyles and individual medleys, while Morcom is the queen of the springboards for the Missouri team.

Up Next
The Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a dual meet against Michigan next week. The meet at Canham Auditorium is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23.