COLUMBUS, Ohio The record-breaking trend continues as members of the Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team set three school records on day three of the 2009 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving championships held in Ann Arbor, Mich., at the Canham Natatorium.

“We are swimming well over 95 percent lifetime-best times at the meet,” Bill Dorenkott, head women’s swimming coach, said. “More importantly, we are racing tough. We have done a terrific job of getting our hand on the wall in the preliminary rounds.”

Buckeyes started the evening with a fifth-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay. The quartet of Samantha Cheverton, Megan Alexander, Griet Buelens and Lisa Narum finished in a record-breaking time of 3:39.42, crushing the 12-year record by over six seconds.

Alexander and Cheverton also set new school marks in their individual events. Alexander, a junior from Columbus, took seventh in the 100 breaststroke and broke the 17-year record with an NCAA “B” time of 1:01.27. Cheverton, sophomore from Lachine, Quebec, swam an OSU best 54.44 in the preliminary round of the 100 backstroke. Her time of 54.49 in the finals gave her 12th-place overall.

Scoring points for Ohio State in the 400 individual medley was junior Jill Lockhart and sophomore Katelyn Brix. Lockhart took 14th in a “B” time of 4:15.62, while Brix finished 15th in a “B” time of 4:16.68. Sophomore Anita Beck took 15th in the 200 freestyle (1:48.77) and Colleen Schweitzer was 13th in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:02.64.

Also scoring points for Ohio State was sophomore diver Kristen Asman on the three-meter springboard. The Columbus product finished 12th with a score of 284.40. 

“Championship caliber teams are built away from the spotlight,” Dorenkott said. “We are making significant strides this weekend towards our goal of competing for the Big Ten Championship.”

Indiana continues to hold the lead with 529 points, while defending champion Minnesota is in second with 457 points. Rounding out the top five are Penn State (289), Michigan (281) and Wisconsin (260). Ohio State sits in eighth place with 139 points.

The 2009 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving championships conclude on Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Ohio State Swimming and Diving
Friday, February 20, 2009
2009 Big Ten Championships
Canham Natatorium; Ann Arbor, Mich.

Team Scores: 1. Indiana 529; 2. Minnesota 457; 3. Penn State 289; 4. Michigan 281; 5. Wisconsin 260; 6. Purdue 219;  7. Northwestern 185; 8. Ohio State 139; 9. Iowa 115; 10. Michigan State 97; 11. Illinois 75.

Friday Event Winners: 400 medley relay 1. Indiana (3:31.26); 5. Cheverton, Alexander, Buelens, Narum Ohio State (3:39.32); 400 IM – 1. Shaughnessy Minnesota (4:06.37); 14. Lockhart Ohio State (4:15.62); 100 butterfly 1. Rodriguez Michigan (52.39); 200 freestyle 1. McCarthy Minnesota (1:45.01); 15. Beck Ohio State (148.77); 100 breaststroke 1. Tyler Minnesota (59.17); 7. Alexander Ohio State  (1:01.27);  100 backstroke  – 1. Zubkova Indiana (51.52); 12. Cheverton Ohio State (54.49); Three-Meter 1. Loukas Indiana (400.75); 12. Asman Ohio State (284.40).

Sportsmanship Awards
Illinois – Kristen Kloeckener
Indiana – Amy Kouthauer
Iowa – Danielle Carty
Michigan – Courtney Beyer
Michigan State – Alycia Mokedanz
Minnesota – Meredith McCarthy
Northwestern – Rachel Rys
Ohio State – Farriss Blaskovits
Penn State – Lyndsey Deforest
Purdue – Christina Jacobs
Wisconsin – Anna Chang