COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State sits in fourth-place out of 15 teams after the first day of competition at the 2009 Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invite. The Buckeyes have 106 points while Minnesota, the defending Big Ten Conference champion, leads with 406 points.

Second-place Penn State (231), third-place Notre Dame (149) and fifth-place Miami-Fla. (80) points round out the top five teams.

While the Golden Gophers won all five swimming events, Ohio State swimmers bettered the team’s season bests in four of the five swimming events.

“We are looking at this invite as a gauge to see where we are right now,” Ohio State coach Bill Dorenkott said. “I was pleased with our morning swims in the prelims because we were the only team to not wear racing suits and we still had season-best times in about 80 percent of our swims. I really felt our 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley swimmers performed very well.”

In the 500 freestyle, Ohio State had two swimmers score points: sophomore Sam Cheverton and junior Haley Mitchell placed 11th and 14th, respectively. Cheverton’s time of 4:49.39 bettered the team season best by 10 seconds and it was under the NCAA “B” qualifying standard. The sophomore has now made “B” cuts in two events this year: the 200 IM and the 200 backstroke. Mitchell’s time was 4:55.01. 

And in the 200 individual medley, Ohio State freshman Lisa Narum was a finalist and produced Ohio State’s highest event finish of the evening with a sixth-place effort in a team-best time of 2:03.71. Also scoring for the Buckeyes in this event was junior Jill Lockhart, who was 13th in 2:06.46.

The Buckeyes 200 freestyle relay team of Narum, Cheverton, Mitchell and Meg Noble took seventh in an OSU season’s best time of 1:36.21. And the 400 medley relay of Lockhart, Catherine Eitel, Cheverton and Narum posted another season’s best time of 3:48.69, good for seventh place.
Sophomore divers Kristen Asman and Katie Bell produced top eight finishes on the three-meter springboard for Ohio State. Asman placed fifth with 296.65 points and Bell was seventh with 269.70 points.

The Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invite continues Saturday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. and finals are at 5 p.m. There is no admission charge to watch the action. 

Ohio State Swimming and Diving Invite
Friday, Dec. 5, 2008
McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion; Columbus, Ohio
Team Scores:
1. Minnesota 406  2. Penn State 231  3. Notre Dame 149  4. Ohio State 106  5. Miami 80  6. Bowling Green 73  7. Indiana 47  8. Duke 30  9. Purdue 27  10. South Carolina 1.

Friday Event Winners: 200 freestyle relay 1. Minnesota (1:29.49); 7. Narum, Cheverton, Mitchell, Noble, Ohio State (1:36.21); 500 freestyle 1. Kobayashi, Minnesota (4:40.42); 11. Cheverton, Ohio State (4:49.39); 200 individual medley 1. Tyler, Minnesota (1:58.67); 6. Narum, Ohio State (2:03.71); 50 freestyle 1. Busack, Minnesota, (22.37); Three-meter diving 1. Loukas, Indiana (363.90); 5. Asman, Ohio State (58.43); 400 medley relay 1. Minnesota (3:35.69); 7. Lockhart, Eitel, Cheverton, Narum, Ohio State (3:48.69).