COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team finished eighth at the 2009 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving championships held in Ann Arbor, Mich., at the Canham Natatorium. The Buckeyes destroyed the record book, breaking 12 school records during the four-day meet.

“I could not be more proud of our team and their effort this weekend,” Bill Dorenkott, head women’s swimming coach, said. “The number of people who came up and complimented our team on their level of competitiveness was amazing.”

“We are hopeful that people will not look at the eighth place finish and think that this is the same old Buckeyes,” Dorenkott added. “I can assure everyone that the seeds of future achievement were planted at this championship.”

Highlighting the evening for Ohio State was the platform diving competition which saw sophomores Katie Bell and Kristen Asman finished second (284.05) and third (270.35), respectively. Bell’s second-place finish earned her Second-Team All-Big Ten honors.

Junior Megan Alexander had another great evening, setting a new school mark in the 200-yard breaststroke. Her time of 2:12.79 in the preliminary round broke the 10-year record by three seconds. The Columbus product went on to finish eighth in an NCAA “B” cut time of 2:13.48.

Also setting a new Ohio State record was the 400 freestyle relay team. The squad of Lisa Narum, Samantha Cheverton, Anita Beck and Griet Buelens broke the 18-year record and took ninth in a NCAA “B” time of 3:21.57.

Cheverton also had a good night, swimming in the 200 backstroke finals. The sophomore took seventh in a “B” cut time of 1:57.07. Also scoring points for the Buckeyes in the event was junior Jill Lockhart, who finished 13th in a career-best time of 1:58.61.

Scoring points for Ohio State in the 200 breaststroke were Katelyn Brix and Colleen Schweitzer. Brix took 10th in a career-best and “B” time of 2:13.42, while Schweitzer swam a career-best time of 2:16.35 for 16th place. Senior captain Griet Buelens and sophomore Anita Beck scored points for the Buckeyes in the 200 butterfly. Buelens was 10th in a career-best and “B” time of 1:58.32 and Beck finished 14th in a career-best time of 2:00.31.

“Our staff is committed to building on this past weekend so ultimately the road to the Big Ten and NCAA Championship runs through Columbus,” Dorenkott said.

Indiana took the team title, tallying 823 points. Rounding out the top five were Minnesota (665), Penn State (429), Michigan (414) and Wisconsin (405).

The divers will compete at the NCAA Diving Zones, March 13-15, in West Lafayette, Ind. Qualified swimmers and divers will advance to the 2009 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships meet held in College Station, Texas on the campus of Texas A&M, March 19-21.

Meet Notes:

  • Over 85 percent of swims were lifetime best swims.
  • Ohio State broke 12 of 18 varsity records including four relays.
  • Buckeyes had 16 individuals finish in the top 16.
  • Ohio State will return all but three swimmers to next year’s squad.  

Ohio State Swimming and Diving
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009
2009 Big Ten Championships
Canham Natatorium; Ann Arbor, Mich.

Team Scores: 1. Indiana 823; 2. Minnesota 665; 3. Penn State 429; 4. Michigan 414; 5. Wisconsin 405; 6. Purdue 290; 7. Northwestern 253; 8. Ohio State 236; 9. Iowa 137; 10. Michigan State 111; 11. Illinois 93.

Saturday Event Winners: 1650 freestyle 1. Steenvoorden – Minnesota (15:55.78); 20. Nichols – Ohio State (16:54.23); 200 backstroke – 1. Zubkova – Indiana (1:51.45); 7. Cheverton – Ohio State (1:57.07); 100 freestyle – 1. Busack – Minnesota (48.08); 200 breaststroke – 1. Wanland – Wisconsin (2:08.14); 8. Alexander – Ohio State (2:13.48); 200 butterfly – 1. Braun – Minnesota (1:56.00); 10. Buelens – Ohio State (1:58.32); 400 freestyle relay – 1. Minnesota (3:14.53); 9. Ohio State – Narum, Cheverton, Beck, Buelens (3:21.57) Platform – 1. Wetzel – Purdue (293.20); 2. Bell – Ohio State (284.05); 3. Asman – Ohio State (270.35).