Buckeyes Begin Season With Two-Win Friday
Oct. 26, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's swimming and dive team improved to 2-0 to begin the 2012-13 campaign with a pair of wins over in-state foes Cleveland State and Kenyon at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Friday evening. The Buckeyes defeated the Vikings, 179.00-110.00, and the Ladies, 168.00-119.00, respectively.
Coaching against his alma mater Cleveland State, the victory had significance for fifth-year head coach Bill Dorenkott, who improved to 5-0 all-time vs. the Vikings.
"We mixed it up in terms of the event lineup we went with, which was good because it gave some kids opportunities to swim some things they wouldn't normally swim," Dorenkott said. "We are really pleased tonight with the performances."
"Wally Morton holds a special place in my heart," Dorenkott said. "He asked me to speak and introduce him when he is inducted into the Cleveland State Hall of Fame later this year. He also asked me to speak to his team before the meet today. My relationship with Wally and Cleveland State is really special. I don't take a lot of joy in beating those guys but I love competing against him because he's a class act and one of the good guys in our sport."
Ohio State claimed five-consecutive event wins to begin competition. The team of Kelly Ann Baird, freshman Annie Lazor, junior Phoebe Cater and senior Shannon Draves opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay (1:45.94). In her first individual event as a Buckeye, freshman Erin Dunseith continued the winning trend with a first-place finish in the 1000 freestyle, while classmate Sara Craft placed third overall.
Junior Alex Norris followed with a victory in the 200 freestyle in 1.50.29 (Phoebe Carter was second). Junior Kristyn Fulcher then claimed a time of 58.42 in the 100 backstroke to earn her first individual title of 2012. In the 100 breaststroke, senior Angela Severn, a 2012 NCAA qualifier, raced to first place with a time of 1:02.95 and followed later with an event win in the 200 breaststroke, touching the wall at 2:18.89.
Sophomore transfer Aliena Schmidtke earned her first career victory as a Buckeye with a solid time of 24.27 in the 50 freestyle. Following the meet's first break, Baird claimed a win in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:04.40. The Buckeyes swept the Top 3 places with Lauren Massey and Sarah Cruzan finishing in second and third, respectively.
In diving, a Buckeye junior and two sophomores swept the Top 3 scores in the 1-meter board lead by Cheyenne Cousineau with a final score of 317.05 followed by Taylor Ford (261.60) and Kelly Carmendy (251.10). Cousineau also claimed the 3-meter event with 297.50 followed by Ford with 279.95 points.
The Buckeyes return to the pool next week with a co-ed meet vs. Denison at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Women's Swimming and Diving
Ohio State Event Winners: 200 medley relay - Baird, Lazor, Cater and Draves (1.45.94); 1000 freestyle - Dunseith (10:21.97); 200 freestyle - Norris (1.50.29); 100 backstroke - Fulcher (58.42); 100 breaststroke - Severn (1.02.95); 50 freestyle - Schmidtke (24.27); 200 backstroke - Baird (2.04.40); 200 breaststroke - Severn (2:18.89); 500 freestyle - Draves (5:01.50);)100 butterfly - Cater (55.74); 200 individual medley - Norris (2:06.63); 200 freestyle relay - Jongerkrijg, Moran, Schmidtke and Massey (1:36.16); 1-meter diving - Cousineau (317.05); 3-meter diving - Cousineau (297.50).