COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team, coming off one of its best meets of the season last weekend vs. Michigan, hosts Penn State in a two-day dual meet at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The 4-3 Buckeyes and the 5-2-1 Nittany Lions will compete at 6 p.m. Friday and continue the action at noon Saturday.

Order of Events:
Friday, Jan. 30
6 p.m. start

400 Medley Relay
1000 Freestyle
200 Freestyle
50 Freestyle
1-meter diving (break)
200 Backstroke
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
400 Freestyle Relay

Saturday, Jan. 31
12 noon start
200 Medley Relay
500 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
100 Butterfly
3-meter Diving (break)
100 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
200 Freestyle Relay

More than Just Ohio State vs. Penn State
The meet  vs. the Nittany Lions will be held in conjunction with a four-team men’s meet. The 10th-ranked Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team hosts No. 2 Michigan, No. 19 Penn State and Northwestern this Friday and Saturday as well. in the Big Ten quad-meet. Competition begins at 6 p.m. Friday and noon on Saturday.

Last Week vs. Michigan
Ohio State held a three-point lead halfway through the meet and trailed No. 22 Michigan by just one point 12 events in, but the Wolverines fought back to win an exciting 169.5-129.5 competition over the Buckeyes Friday at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes were led by two wins apiece from sophomore Samantha Cheverton and junior Colleen Schweitzer with freshman Natalie Nichols and sophomore diver Katie Bell also picking up wins for the Scarlet and Gray. Cheverton swam to team season-best times in both of her wins with Schweitzer (200 breaststroke), Nichols (1,000 freestyle) and freshman Lisa Narum (50 free) also swimming the team’s fastest races of the season.

“We swam well and we competed well,” Ohio State coach Bill Dorenkott said after the meet against Michigan. “We took our fair share of races but, more importantly, we swam tough as a team. We won races that came down to a touch and by far it was our best effort of the year.”
Ohio State’s NCAA Qualifying Times
Sophomore Samantha Cheverton has recorded two NCAA “B” cut times so far this season: in the 200 backstroke (1:57.32) and 500 freestyle (4:49.39).

48 Wins
Ohio State student-athletes have picked up 48 victories in dual meet competition so far this season. Here’s the breakdown:

Opponent…………..Firsts Indiv. Relay Diving 
vs. Kenyon…………  11    10      1     DNC
vs. Cincinnati……..  10     9      1     DNC
vs. Cleveland State…   9     7      2     DNC
vs. Wright State……  12     8      2      2
vs. Indiana/Missouri..   0     0      0      0
vs. Michigan……….   6     5      0      1

Griet Buelens & Natalie Nichols lead in Wins
Senior co-captain Griet Buelens and freshman Natalie Nichols lead the Buckeyes with six individual wins apiece. Sam Cheverton is third with five wins and junior co-captain Jill Lockhart is fourth with four wins.

2008-09 Wins
6…..Griet Buelens (Sr.)
      Natalie Nichols (Fr.)
5…..Samantha Cheverton (So.)
4     Jill Lockhart (Jr.)
3…..Catherine Eitel (Fr.)
      Haley Mitchell (Jr.)
      Lisa Narum (Fr.)
2…..Kristen Asman (So.)
      Katelyn Brix (So.)
      Meg Noble (Jr.)
      Colleen Schweitzer (Jr.)
1…..Megan Alexander (Jr.)
      Anita Beck (So.)
      Erin Fawley (Fr.)
      Katie Bell (So.)
Freshman Fun
With 13 individual wins this season, Ohio State’s freshman class leads all classes in victories. The junior class is second with 12 wins, but the sophomores have crept closer with three wins last weekend to raise their total to 11 wins. The senior class has six so far this season.

About Penn State
Penn State concluded its home portion of the dual meet season by defeating Rutgers, 109-58, last weekend. Senior Karie Haglund swam to three first-place finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and as part of the 200 medley relay team and is this week’s Big Ten Women’s Swimmer of the Week. It was the second consecutive week a Nittany Lion has picked up the Big Ten weekly honor. Two weeks ago Caitlin Meehan claimed the award after winning the 200 breaststroke in an NCAA “B” cut time at the Maryland Quad Meet. She also was second in the 100 breaststroke. The Nittany Lions are 5-2-1 overall this season.

The Coaches
Ohio State is under the direction of first-year coach Bill Dorenkott, who led the Penn State women’s swimming team to three Big Ten championships before taking over the Buckeye team in July 2008. Dorenkott is 96-30 in this, his 13th year as a head coach. Penn State’s new coach is John Hargis, head coach at Arkansas-Little Rock for the past two years. Hargis was a Nittany Lion assistant coach between 2003-06.

Up Next
Ohio State concludes its dual meet season by hosting West Virginia at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6. The meet will be the final home competition for three Ohio State seniors: Courtney Brayman, Griet Buelens and Whitney Hackman.