Buckeyes Battle, But Fall to No. 25 Michigan
Jan. 18, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 15 Ohio State women's swimming and diving team fell at No. 25 Michigan, 163-137, Friday evening at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor. Despite key members of the team not at the squad's Big Ten dual opener, the Buckeyes (6-2) claimed eight event wins vs. the Wolverines (3-4).
The Scarlet and Gray competed well even though a bit shorthanded. Coach Dorenkott was not at the meet as he was attending a funeral for the passing of his father-in-law. Also, key swimmer Michelle Williams (injury) was not in competition, while Kelly Ann Baird competed despite dealing with an illness this past week.
"I love being a Buckeye," head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott said. "I am proud of our team and believe that we are going to be outstanding this season. Unfortunately, the other team got the best of us tonight. My hope is that it deepens our resolve to represent Ohio State at the highest levels as we move forward."
After Michigan began the meet winning the 200 medley relay and 1000 freestyle, Ohio State responded by going 1-2-3 in the 200 freestyle. Junior Alex Norris touched the wall first with a time of 1:49.76 followed by classmate Phoebe Cater (1:51.63) and freshman Katy Luchansky (1:51.71), respectively.
The Buckeyes finished the first part of the meet on a strong note after claiming two event victories. Senior Shannon Draves picked up the win in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:00.00, while classmate Megan Detro won the 50 freestyle when she touched the wall first with a time of 23.52. At the first break, the Buckeyes trailed, 75-56.
In diving, junior Cheyenne Cousineau continued her strong performances on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards with back-to-back wins. She placed first in the 1-meter with 304.05 points, while earning the top spot in the 3-meter competition with 318.60 points.
Ohio State began the second half of the meet with success, earning first place finishes in both the 100 freestyle and 200 backstroke. Detro earned her second win of the evening in the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.94, while senior Emily Creran won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:59.43.
In the 100 butterfly, Draves continued to lead the pack, winning the event in 55.03, while Cater finished second in a time of 55.95.
The Buckeyes wrapped up the meet with a runner-up finish in the 400 freestyle relay as the quartet of Detro, Cater Annie Jongekrijg and Norris swam a team season-best time of 3:24.69.
Ohio State will next host Cincinnati Jan. 26 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. As part of Senior Day, the team will recognized its senior class before the start of competition vs. the Bearcats.
Ohio State Women's Swimming and Diving
Team Scores: 1. Michigan 163, 2. Ohio State 137
Ohio State Swimming and Diving