COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team “competed well and didn’t back down,” according to coach Bill Dorenkott, in a 196-132 loss to Penn State Saturday in Columbus. A terrific crowd of 511 was on hand to watch the meet in the toasty warm McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion as part of the athletic department’s Scarlet and Gray Meet promotion.

Dorenkott, the architect of the previous 10 Penn State teams including three Big Ten Conference championship squads, felt as if his first-year Buckeyes continued to improve their competitiveness this week and he likes the path this team is on.

“I was concerned about a letdown coming off the emotional meet last week against a huge rival (Michigan), but it didn’t happen,” Dorenkott said. “I felt we brought the same level of consistency and competiveness to the pool as we did last week against Michigan, but we had fewer mistakes. We’re getting better each week.”

The Buckeyes, now 4-4 on the season against a schedule that has included three of the last five Big Ten champions, won a total of five races (and three diving competitions) over the two-day meet against a good Nittany Lion team, sparked by a 400 freestyle relay win Friday night that Dorenkott called “significant.”

Saturday afternoon, Ohio State picked up two wins. Splendid sophomore Samantha Cheverton won the 100 backstroke her second individual win of the meet in come-from-behind fashion in 55.72. Freshman Lisa Narum followed Cheverton’s win with a victory in the 100 freestyle in a time of 51.13.

Kristen Asman added to her one-meter victory on Friday with a win on the three-meter board Saturday with 306.55 points.
Additionally, Ohio State’s 200 medley relay team comprised of Cheverton, freshman Catherine Eitel, senior Courtney Brayman and junior Meg Noble was second in 1:45.56. The 200 freestyle relay of Narum, Cheverton, Noble and Beck was also second in 1:35.73.

Jill Lockhart and Katelyn Brix took second and third, respectively, in the 200 individual medley with times of 2:05.74 and 2:06.17. Colleen Schweitzer was third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.28 and Griet Buelens was third in the 500 freestyle in 4:55.50.

Next week the Buckeyes conclude their dual meet season with a senior send-off meet against West Virginia at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The 5 p.m. meet Friday will be the final home competition for seniors Buelens, Brayman and Whitney Hackman.

Ohio State Swimming and Diving
Saturday, January 31, 2009
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion; Columbus, Ohio

Final Team Scores: 1. Penn State 196, Ohio State 132
Records: Penn State 6-2-1; Ohio State 4-4

Saturday Event Winners: 200 medley relay  1. Penn State (1:43.16); 2. Cheverton, Eitel, Brayman, Noble, Ohio State (1:45.56); 500 freestyle  – 1. Haglund, Penn State (4:52.70); 3. Buelens, Ohio State (4:55.50); 200 individual medley 1. O’Brien, Penn State (2:01.24); 2. Lockhart, Ohio State (2:05.74); 100 butterfly 1. Nelson, Penn State (55.11); 100 backstroke 1. Cheverton, Ohio State (55.72); 100 freestyle 1. Narum, Ohio State (51.13); 100 breaststroke 1. Haglund, Penn State (1:03.14); 200 freestyle relay 1. Penn State (1:33.98); 2. Narum, Cheverton, Noble, Beck, Ohio State (1:35.73); 3-meter diving 1. Asman, Ohio State (306.55).