COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team concluded the Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invite with a fourth-place finish Sunday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes finished with 434 points, while the reigning Big Ten champion, Minnesota, took first with 1271 points.

“What I am most pleased with this weekend is how well we made adjustments from the preliminary rounds to the finals,” Bill Dorenkott, head women’s swimming coach, said. “One of the greatest benefits of having a championship format like this during this time of year is that we can evaluate where we are to know what is needed to perform at the end of the season.”

Penn State was second to the Golden Gophers with 843 points. Notre Dame (458), Ohio State and Miami-Fla. (371) rounded out the top five.

Highlighting the evening was the 400 freestyle relay team of freshman Lisa Narum, sophomore Samantha Cheverton, sophomore Anita Beck and junior Jill Lockhart. The quad broke the 17-year old school record by just .02, taking third in 3:23.56.

Also highlighting the event were a pair of Buckeyes sophomores that earned second-place finishes in the final session. Kristen Asman was runner-up in the platform diving event with a score of 304.95, while Cheverton swam an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:57.32 in the 200-yard backstroke for second.

“Samantha’s performance this weekend is indicative of the type of talent she has,” Dorenkott said. “The key for her is to now build upon what she accomplished and make this a stepping stone toward the close of the year.”

Also participating in the 200 backstroke championship final was Lockhart. The native of Muncie, Ind., finished in seventh place in a season-best time of 2:01.46.

Freshman Natalie Nichols and Narum each scored points for the Buckeyes, participating in the consolation finals of their respective events. Nichols finished 10th in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:58.14 and Narum took ninth in the 100 freestyle in 50.88.

Ohio State earned points from three swimmers in the 200 breaststroke. Junior Colleen Schweitzer finished 10th (2:21.91), while Megan Alexander (2:22.90) and Katelyn Brix (2:23.39) finished 14th and 15th, respectively.

Senior Griet Buelens and Beck picked up points for the Buckeyes in the 200 butterfly. The pair finished in 14th- and 15th-place in times of 2:04.75 and 2:04.97, respectively.

The Buckeyes will take a break from competition to focus on finals. The team returns to the pool on January 9 to face off with Wright State at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The co-ed meet begins at 5 p.m. 
Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invite
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2008
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion; Columbus, Ohio
Team Scores:
1. Minnesota 1271; 2. Penn State 843; 3. Notre Dame 458; 4. Ohio State 434; 5. Miami (Fla.) 371; 6. Bowling Green 243; 7. Purdue 105; 8. Indiana 91; 9. Duke 69; 10. North Carolina State 16; 11. South Carolina 8. 
Friday Event Winners: 1,650 freestyle  1. Steenvoorden, Minnesota (16:03.04); 10. Nichols (16:58.14); 200 backstroke 1. Wabeke, Minnesota (1:56.95), 2. Cheverton, Ohio State (1:57.32); 100 freestyle 1. Busack, Minnesota (48.32), 9. Narum, Ohio State (50.88); 200 breaststroke 1. Tyler, Minnesota (2:08.52); 10. Schweitzer, Ohio State (2:21.91); 200 butterfly 1. Nelson, Penn State (1:56.54); 14. Buelens, Ohio State (2:04.75); 400 freestyle relay 1. Minnesota (3:18.39), 3. Narum, Cheverton, Beck, Lockhart Ohio State (3:23.56); Platform 1. Viola, Miami (Fla.) (308.80); 2. Asman, Ohio State (304.95).