COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team finished day one of its two-day dual meet against Big Ten rival Penn State Friday at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion. The Nittany Lions have a 91-73 lead over the Buckeyes.

“We compete tough tonight, but swam a little too conservative,” Bill Dorenkott, head women’s swimming coach, said. “We have great athletes on this team and we have to just trust our training. I truly believe this team is destined for big things. We better be ready to go tomorrow because it is always tough racing in the Big Ten.” 

Leading Ohio State on day one of competition was sophomore Samantha Cheverton, junior Jill Lockhart and senior Griet Buelens, who each earned a win on the evening.

Cheverton’s win came in the 200 freestyle when she swam a career-best time of 1:48.35. Team co-captain Lockhart picked up a win in the 200 backstroke, her third of the season in the race, with a time of 2:02.55. Buelens, also a team co-captain, swam a season-best time of 2:00.95 to earn first in the 200 butterfly.

Also picking up a win for Ohio State was sophomore diver Kristen Asman. The Columbus product won the one-meter competition with a score of 280.55 points.

The Buckeyes opened the meet with a second-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay. The team of Lockhart, Colleen Schweitzer, Buelens and Lisa Narum finished in a time of 3;50.43.

Freshman Natalie Nichols swam a career-best 10:08.44 to finish third in the 1000 freestyle, while junior Megan Alexander recorded a season-best time of 2:19.79 to take third in the 200 breaststroke. Meg Noble led all Buckeyes in the 50 freestyle with a fifth-place finish in 25.19.

The Buckeyes closed out day one on a high note by taking first in the 400 freestyle relay. The quartet of Narum, Cheverton, Anita Beck and Lockhart beat out the Penn State squad by .13 seconds to win in 3:24.37.

Day two of competition continues noon Saturday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. There is no admission charge for the meet.
Ohio State Swimming and Diving
Friday, January 30, 2009
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion; Columbus, Ohio

Team Scores: 1. Penn State 91 2. Ohio State – 73
Friday Event Winners: 400 medley relay  1. Penn State (3:46.28); 2. Lockhart, Schweitzer, Buelens, Narum Ohio State (3:50.43); 1000 freestyle  – 1. O’Brien Penn State (9:53.58); 3. Nichols Ohio State (10:08.44); 200 freestyle 1. Cheverton Ohio State (1:48.35); 50 freestyle 1. Myers Penn State (23.90); 5. Noble Ohio State (25.19); 200 backstroke 1. Lockhart (2:02.55); 200 breaststroke 1. Haglund Penn State (2:15.95); 3. Alexander Ohio State (2:19.79); 200 butterfly 1. Buelens Ohio State (2:00.95); 400 freestyle relay 1. Narum, Cheverton, Beck, Lockhart (3:24.57); One-meter 1. Asman Ohio State (280.55).