No. 15 Buckeyes Down Wright State
Jan. 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 15 Ohio State women's swimming and diving team opened the 2013 portion of its dual meet season with a 171-102 win over Wright State Friday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes improve to 5-1 with the win.
"We just wanted to knock the rust off a little bit in terms of racing," Ohio State head coach Bill Dorenkott said. "This meet gave us a good opportunity to race for the first time in almost five weeks. We will back it up tomorrow against a good Toledo team."
In the 100 backstroke, the squad swept the Top 3 spots and was led by Vance, who earned a season-best 58.78 followed by Dona with a time of 58.80. Senior Emily Creran swam the 100 breaststroke for the first time this season and had great success, winning the event with a time of 1:06.94.
Junior Alex Norris continued the momentum in the 200 butterfly when she cruised her way to a first-place finish with a time of 2:05.88. It marked the first time Norris has raced in the event since last season at the 2012 Big Ten Championships. In the 50 freestyle, junior Phoebe Cater posted first with a time of 24.25 followed by classmate Shannon Draves (24.48) and sophomore Kayla Hammerberg (25.01).
After a 15-minute break, Creran earned her second win of the night with a time of 53.23. Draves then swam the 200 backstroke for the first time this season and did not disappoint, earning first place in 2:03.90 - a personal best.
In the 200 breaststroke, sophomore Lauren Davis earned her first win of the 2012-13 campaign in the event when she raced her way to first place with a time of 2:27.67 - a season-best for the second-year Buckeye. Severn claimed her second victory vs. the Raiders when she collected a time of 56.80 in the 100 butterfly.
Lazor earned the win in the final individual event of the evening in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 2:08.39. The win was the first of her career in the event.
The Scarlet and Gray wrapped up the night with a win in the 200 medley relay comprised of senior Lauren Massey, Severn, Dona and Gillig in 1:39.25.
In diving, Cheyenne Cousineau claimed victory on the 1-meter springboard with a total score of 330.83.
Ohio State returns to the pool at 1 p.m. Saturday vs. Toledo.
Ohio State Swimming and Diving
Team Scores: 1. Ohio State 171; Wright State 102
Ohio State Event Wins: 200 medley relay - 1. Gillig, Luchansky, Dona, Vance (1:49.93); 1000 freestyle - 1. Fulcher (10:26.25); 200 freestyle - 1. Severn (1:54.17); 100 backstroke - Vance (58.78); 100 breaststroke - 1. Creran (1:06.94); 200 butterfly - 1. Norris (2:05.88); 50 freestyle - Cater (25.01); 100 freestyle - 1. Creran (53.23); 200 backstroke - 1. Draves (2:03.90); 200 breaststroke - 1. Davis (2:27.67); 100 butterfly - 1. Severn (56.80); 200 individual medley - 1. Lazor (2:08.39); 200 freestyle relay - 1. Massey, Severn, Dona and Gillig (1:39.25); 1-meter dive - 1. Cousineau (330.83).