Jan. 10, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 15 Ohio State women's swimming and diving team begins 2013 with two dual meets this weekend against Wright State and Toledo at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The meet vs. the Raiders is a co-ed meet set to start at 5 p.m. Friday, while the Toledo dual will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Wright State, currently 4-5 on the season, is back on the blocks after taking down Ashland, 142-99. Toledo claimed the Akron Zippy Invitational last time out and holds a record of 1-1. The Rockets also will face a full weekend of action as the group is scheduled to take on Michigan State in East Lansing Friday prior to traveling to Columbus.
"We are looking forward to getting back on the blocks against some different competition this weekend," head coach Bill Dorenkott said. "We just wrapped up two training camps during break and I thought the girls did a nice job of managing the workouts. As a group, I've looked back over the past few years and what stands out with this team is our overall depth. We are excited to getting back to racing."
LIVE MEET SCORING
Can't make it to the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion to see the meets live? Visit the home page for the Ohio State women's swimming and diving team at OhioStateBuckeyes.com for a link to the live results. Admission, as always, is free if interested in attending the meets.
Fans in attendance at the meet tonight our encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to support the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and will receive a special Buckeye Prize.
LAST TIME OUT
In the best field to date at the OSU Invitational, Ohio State closed out a strong weekend (Nov. 30 - Dec. 2) of competition with a third-place finish. Eleventh-ranked Florida won the invite with 837 points, while No. 6 Stanford was second with 815 points. The Buckeyes combined for 589 total points
Overall, 22 different members posted at least one individual NCAA "B" time standard, while 18 swimmers made at least one championship final. In diving, junior Cheyenne Cousineau took home the one-meter springboard title.
TOP TIME NOTES
- Ohio State has recorded 10 times which rank in the Top 50 nationally.
- Junior standout Kelly Ann Baird is in the Top 50 in three individual events: 50 freestyle (39th, 4:45.36); 1000 freestyle (23rd, 9:56.89); 1650 freestyle (20th, 16.21.88).
- The Buckeyes highest national ranking goes to Emily Creran, who is 19th in the 200 backstroke (1:55.05).
- Freshman Anne Lazor is off to a quick start for her Buckeye career, ranking at No. 38 in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:13.16. The time also ranks fourth among Big Ten competitors.
- Eleven times posted by Buckeyes are among the Top 5 fastest in the Big Ten Conference.
- Shannon Draves and Emily Creran rank a team-high third in the Big Ten standings in the 100 butterfly and 200 backstroke, respectively.
- The Buckeyes have more than five swimmers in three separate events who have posted Top 25 times in the conference.
A FAMILIAR OPPONENT
Liz Hinkleman is in her first season as an Ohio State assistant coach. Hinkleman, who spent the last two seasons as head coach at Toledo, was the 2012 MAC Coach of the Year after leading the Rockets to a MAC Championship. A UT swimmer from 2004-08, Hinkleman was a three-time MAC champion in the 200-yard freestyle relay, setting school and conference records.
BUCKEYES LEND A HAND
Members of the team spent time over winter break helping out and cheering on competitors at the Special Olympics State Aquatics Meet at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. More than 500 athletes from around Ohio competed in both tradition and unified events on the campus of The Ohio State University.
"It's amazing to see these athletes compete," senior Lauren Massey said. "It's great to see the joy they get out of swimming and it makes me more excited to swim every day. This is a great event to be part of because you get to interact with the people you are helping out."
After a month-long break from competitive action, Ohio State will face a quick turnaround, hosting Toledo Saturday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The meet will offer the Scarlet and Gray a final test before heading to Ann Arbor to face Big Ten-rival Michigan Jan. 18.