COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team completed day two of the Big Ten Swimming and Diving championships with two more school record-breaking swims at Canham Natatorium on the campus of the University of Michigan.

Sophomore Samantha Cheverton had another record-breaking night as the Lachine, Quebec product broke the 19-year-old, 500-yard freestyle record set by OSU Athletics Hall of Fame member Susan Gottlieb in 1991. Her NCAA “B” cut time of 4:43.86 earned her 10th place in the event.

“We started the day with some terrific efforts in the 500 freestyle, including Farriss Blaskovits and Mary Ann Wiser ripping off big swims in the early heats,” Bill Dorenkott, head women’s swimming coach, said. “Samantha was outstanding in the finals.”

In the following race, sophomore Katelyn Brix broke yet another Ohio State record – the fifth Ohio State mark to fall at this championships – in the 200 individual medley. Brix’s NCAA “B” time of 2:00.57 was two seconds better than Janelle Bosse’s 22-year old record set in 1987. Brix finished 15th, while teammate Jill Lockhart took 16th in 2:01.69.

“This morning was a huge breakthrough in the 200 IM for Katelyn, Jill and Lisa Narum,” Dorenkott said. “I shared with the team on the bus tonight how I will always remember the look on Katelyn’s face when she looked at the scoreboard after her prelim swim.

“We are beginning the cycle of success with our program with small steps. Success leads to confidence which leads to bigger goals. The future looks very bright.”

On the diving side of competition, sophomore Kristen Asman scored points for the Buckeyes on the one-meter springboard. The Columbus native took seventh with a score of 293.35 points.

Day two of competition began with the 200-yard freestyle relay and Ohio State finished in a season-best time of 1:33.56 for 10th place. The team was comprised of Narum,  Cheverton, sophomore Anita Beck and junior Meg Noble.

Indiana leads the championships with 226 points. Defending champion Minnesota sits in second (196) and is followed by Penn State (127) the school Dorenkott led to three Big Ten titles prior to taking over at Ohio State Michigan (124) and Purdue (109). Ohio State sits in eighth place with 64 points.

The competition continues Friday and will conclude Saturday evening.

Ohio State Swimming and Diving
Thursday, February 19, 2009
2009 Big Ten Championships
Canham Natatorium; Ann Arbor, Mich.

Team Scores: 1. Indiana 226; 2. Minnesota 196; 3. Penn State 127; 4. Michigan 124; 5.  Purdue 109; 6. Wisconsin 97; 7. Northwestern 88; 8. Ohio State 64; 9. Michigan State 51; 10. Iowa 49; 11. Illinois 37.

Thursday Event Winners: 200 freestyle relay 1. Minnesota (1:28.74); 10. Narum, Cheverton, Beck, Noble, Ohio State (1:33.56); 500 freestyle – 1. White Indiana (4:37.38); 10. Cheverton Ohio State (4:43.86); 200 IM 1. Shaughnessy Minnesota (1:57.18); 15. Brix Ohio State (2:00.57); 50 freestyle 1. Thompson Wisconsin (22.26); One-Meter 1. Karnes Purdue (341.55); 7. Asman Ohio State (293.35).