Nov. 30, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 16 Ohio State women's swimming and diving team is in third place after day one of the seventh-annual Ohio State Invitational held at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Florida leads the talented field with 264 points. Ohio State, which posted several of its top times of 2012, has 200 total points. Stanford is in second with 215 points, while North Carolina (177) is in fourth place.
"I thought we were pretty good," head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott said. "We raced well this morning and I thought we would be a little bit quicker tonight. I guess that's why were racing though, to figure out where we are right now. I love the fact that we have quality competition and our girls are racing head-to-head. We had good relays and our depth is showing. It was a good first day."
The Buckeyes began the night on a solid start as junior Michelle Williams, senior Megan Detro, freshman Annie Jongekrijg and sophomore Aliena Schmidtke notched the team's fastest time in the 200 free relay in 2012 to place fourth overall.
In the 500 freestyle, junior Alex Norris, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, finished seventh in the finals with an "NCAA B" time of 4:45.39. Her preliminary time of 4:45.14 was the best by a Buckeye this year. Junior Kelly Ann Baird also collected a top 2012 time of 4:47.83 to place ninth overall.
The Scarlet and Gray saw three members collect Top 10 finishes in the 200 individual medley. Senior Angela Severn led the pack with an NCAA "B" time and season-best mark of 2:00.73 for sixth overall. Senior Ashley Vance placed sixth with a time of 2:01.31, while senior Emily Creran notched a time of 2:01.43 for tenth place.
In the 50 freestyle, Williams continued the fast swimming for the Buckeyes, touching the wall in a time of 22.94 - just .01 off her fastest time of the season set during the morning competition.
In diving, junior Cheyenne Cousineau placed second overall in the three-meter springboard with a final score of 323.85 to give the Buckeyes 17 points. Sophomore Taylor Ford placed sixth with a total score of 266.95.
Day two of the 2012 Ohio State Invitational begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Preliminary competition begins at 10 a.m. followed by the finals at 5 p.m. Go to go.osu.edu/InvitationalCentral for results, live stats and meet information on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Ohio State Best Finishes: 200 freestyle relay - 4) Williams, Detro, Jongekrijg, Schmidtke (1:31.42); 500 freestyle - 7) Norris (4:45.39); 200 IM - 6) Severn (2:00.73); 50 freestyle - 6) Williams (22.94); 3-meter dive - 2) Cousineau (323.85);
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