Jan. 19, 2012
Columbus, Ohio -
The Ohio State women's swimming and diving team visits Michigan State Friday for a dual meet at the Spartans' McCaffree Pool at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the Buckeyes host Michigan in a 1 p.m. dual meet at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion; Ohio State will honor its seniors that day.
The 17th-ranked Buckeyes, who have been ranked as high as 13th this season, won both the Pitt and Ohio State Invitationals and are 6-0 in dual meet action. Michigan State is 4-4 this season, and the Spartans finished fifth at the OSU Invitational in December. No. 22 Michigan is 4-5 in dual meet action this season, with a recent streak of wins against Indiana, Notre Dame and Northwestern. The Wolverines took first place at December's Hawkeye Invitational.
The Buckeye Seniors
Six Ohio State seniors will be honored at the Michigan meet: divers Bianca Alvarez and Kristen Asman, and swimmers Jackie Brousseau, Catherine Eitel, Lisa Narum and Natalie Nichols. These six have been a part of the dramatic ascension of the Buckeye program during the past four seasons, as Ohio State has climbed from eighth to fifth to third in the Big Ten standings and up to 17th place at last year's NCAA championships.
• Bianca Alvarez (Miami, Fla.; neuroscience and psychology): six-time diving All-American; Big Ten finalist; Olympic Trials qualifier
• Kristen Asman (Columbus, Ohio; education): four-time diving All-American; Big Ten finalist
• Jackie Brousseau (Thousand Oaks, Calif.; political science): twice a part of school recordsetting 200 free relay; Olympic Trials qualifier
• Catherine Eitel (Upper Arlington, Ohio; biology): holds OSU long course 100 breast record; part of school recordsetting 200 medley relay; Olympic Trials qualifier
• Lisa Narum (Pleasanton, Calif.; fashion and retail studies): part of quartet that held OSU record for 800 free relay
• Natalie Nichols (Claremont, Calif.; strategic communication); part of school recordsetting long course 800 free relay; Olympic Trials qualifier
Order of Events
The women's order of events for Saturday's meet with Michigan is as follows; the women will alternate events with the Ohio State men, who are hosting Harvard:
• 400 Medley Relay
• 1000 Free
• 200 Free
• 100 Back
• 100 Breast
• 200 Butterfly
• 50 Free
• 1-meter Diving
• 100 Free
• 200 Back
• 200 Breast
• 500 Free
• 100 Butterfly
• 3-meter Diving
• 200 IM
• 200 Free Relay
Ohio State ranks 17th nationally in the latest Top 25 poll of Division I women's teams for 2011-12 as conducted by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Georgia is the top team in the latest poll. The top ranked Big Ten team is Indiana at No. 8; other Big Ten schools ranked include Wisconsin (16), the Buckeyes (17), Purdue (18), Michigan (22) and Minnesota (23).
Ohio State swimmers have achieved an NCAA `B' cut in the following events:
• 50 free: Megan Detro (22.65)
• 500 free: Alex Norris (4:45.30)
• 200 breast: Angela Severn (2:16.13)
• 100 fly: Michelle Williams (54.46)
• 400 IM: Angela Severn (4:17.05)
In The Big Ten
A number of Buckeyes have posted some of the fastest swims in the Big Ten this season. Ohio State competitors whose efforts rank among the conference's Top 10 times to date include:
• Kelly Ann Baird/1000 free: 8th (9:55.91)
• Kelly Ann Baird/1650 free: 3rd (16:21.77)
• Kelsey Moran/100 back: 4th (53.73), 5th (53.77), 7th (53.96)
• Emily Creran/200 back: 2nd (1:55.39), 5th (1:56.08), 10th (1:56.59)
• Megan Detro/50 free: 4th (22.65), 6th (22.71)
• Shannon Draves/100 fly: 3rd (53.40), 5th (53.78), 9th (53.98)
• Shannon Draves/200 fly: 4th (1:57.83), 5th (1:57.97), 7th (1:58.41)
• Darcy Fishback/200 fly: 9th (1:59.35)
• Angela Severn/200 IM: 4th (1:59.91)
In the relays, the Buckeyes have posted the three best times in the 200 medley race. Ohio State has the second-fastest times in the 400 free and 400 medley relays, and the sixth-best time posted thus far in the 800 free relay.
The 2012 Big Ten women's swimming and diving championships are set for the University of Iowa February 15-18.
Ohio State has had two winners thus far in 2011-12 of the Big Ten's performer of the week awards:
• junior Megan Detro was part of six first-place finishes for the Buckeyes at the Pitt Invitational. Detro was the individual winner of the 50 freestyle (23.06) and 100 freestyle (49.96), as well as part of the winning quartets in the 200 medley relay (1:39.15), the 400 freestyle relay (3:21.50), the 400 medley relay (3:39.73) and the 200 freestyle relay (1:33.06) races.
• diver Bianca Alvarez for her winning efforts against Cleveland State, Denison and Virginia Tech, winning the 1-meter competition with a score of 336.60 and also taking top honors in the 3-meter (400.35) event.
Divers At Winter Nationals
Former and present Buckeye divers coached by OSU's Vince Panzano had a strong showing at the USA Diving Winter Nationals held at the University of Tennessee's Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville December 17-22.
Katie Bell qualified for the FINA World Cup competition with a second-place finish in the women's platform event, scoring 1046.00. Bell and current Buckeye Cheyenne Cousineau placed fourth (583.53) in the women's synchronized platform event.
Bianca Alvarez placed fifth in the women's three-meter competition, with an overall score of 969.90. She had previously qualified for the Olympic Trials. Cheyenne Cousineau was 17th in one-meter diving (235.50). Taylor Ford was 27th in the three-meter event (237.70). Kristen Asman finished 30th in platform diving (237.25) and 34th in the one-meter competition (197.95).
The Buckeye Season
The Ohio State women enter this weekend's competitions with a 6-0 dual meet record and first-place finishes at both the Pitt and Ohio State Invitationals.
On January 7, Ohio State posted a 201-99 victory at Toledo. The Buckeyes won both relays, and Ohio State had all but four of the individual winners in the meet. Ohio State had the top four scorers in one-meter diving: Bianca Alvarez (307.80), Kristen Asman (273.90), Cheyenne Cousineau (267.23) and Taylor Ford (249.53). Asman was the winner of the three-meter competition with a score of 264.38. Alvarez placed third at three meters (248.70) and Ford was fourth (237.08).
Buckeyes Kelsey Moran (56.31) and Emily Creran (56.94) placed one-two in the 100 backstroke. Creran was the winner in the 200 backstroke, in a time of 2:01.37; her teammates Lauren Massey (2:04.23) and Kristyn Fulcher (2:05.50) were fourth and fifth. In the freestyle events, Kelly Ann Baird (9:58.12) and Natalie Nichols (10:08.24) were the first two finishers in the 1000 free. Baird won the 500 free in a time of 4:54.37; Nichols was fourth (5:02.17), followed by Alex Norris (5:03.71) and Kelly Titus (5:04.18).
The Buckeyes swept the top three spots in the 50 free behind the performances of Michelle Williams (23.72), Jackie Brousseau (24.27) and Lisa Spurling (24.96). Williams was also the winner in the 100 free (51.59), with Buckeyes Phoebe Cater (52.44) and Lisa Narum (54.03) placing third and fourth. Toledo's Carly Harter won the 200 free (1:49.72), but Buckeyes Phoebe Cater (1:50.62), Alex Norris (1:51.63) and Lisa Narum (1:55.05) finished second, third and fourth in that event.
OSU's Shannon Draves won the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:01.78; teammates Darcy Fishback (2:04.18) and Alex Norris (2:09.72) were third and fifth in that race. Draves (55.34) was the winner of the 100 butterfly as well, and Fishback (57.52) placed second. The Ohio State quartet of Moran, Severn, Draves and Williams won the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:42.40. In the 400 freestyle relay, the Ohio State team of Williams, Cater, Severn and Norris was the first-place finisher in a time of 3:28.18, as Buckeye relays swept the first three spots of that event.
Scoring 981.50 points, the Buckeyes won the five-team OSU Invitational in December. Individual winners for Ohio State were: Emily Creran (200 back, 1:55.39); Megan Detro (50 free, 22.71); Kelsey Moran (100 back, 53.96) and diver Kristen Asman (3-meter, 318.25).
Ohio State, with a score of 1313, won the six-team Pitt Invitational; individual event winners for OSU were: Kelly Ann Baird (1650 free, 16:21.77); Jackie Brousseau (100 breast, 1:02.47); Emily Creran (200 back, 1:56.59); Megan Detro (50 free, 23.06; 100 free, 49.96); Shannon Draves (100 butterfly, 53.98); Kelsey Moran (100 back, 54.18); Alex Norris (200 free, 1:47.71); Angela Severn (200 IM, 2:01.28).
The Buckeyes posted a 203-97 win over Ohio on November 12. Seven different Buckeyes won at least one individual race. Duplicate winners were Shannon Draves, winning the 500 free (5:01.28), 1000 free (10:16.50) and 200 butterfly (2:03.46); Kelly Ann Baird, posting top times in the 200 free (1:52.12) and 200 backstroke (2:03.33).
Ohio State swept the 3-meter diving. Bianca Alvarez placed first (400.80), followed by Cheyenne Cousineau (294.90) and Kristin Asman (278.40). In the 1-meter competition, Cousineau was first with a score of 315.45 and Asman finished second with 301.05.
In the relays, Ohio State's unit of Kelsey Moran, Angela Severn, Michelle Williams and Megan Detro took first in the 200 medley relay (1:42.90); the team of Lauren Massey, Catherine Eitel, Darcy Fishback and Phoebe Cater placed third (1:48.01). In the 200 freestyle relay, Ohio State's quartet of Michelle Williams, Megan Detro, Phoebe Cater and Jackie Brousseau were first in 1:34.44.
On November 4, the Buckeyes defeated Virginia Tech (198.0-100), Cleveland State (232.0-66.0) and Denison (234.0-64.0) in a quad meet. The team of Kelsey Moran, Angela Severn, Shannon Draves and Megan Detro opened the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay in 1:41.38, while sophomore Kelly Ann Baird outlasted Virginia Tech's Erika Hajnal to claim the 1000 freestyle in 9:55.91. Another sophomore, Alex Norris, recorded a victory in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:50.49 and the 200 individual medley in 2:05.33. Severn also finished first in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.88) as well as the 200 breaststroke (2:19.86), while Draves continued to impress with wins in the 200 and 100 butterfly in 2:00.24 and 54.90, respectively.
Detro had her first individual win of the night in the 50 freestyle (23.05); she later recorded her second win in the 100 freestyle (50.11), an event that ended in an Ohio State sweep with Michelle Williams (51.82) and Phoebe Cater (52.11) following in second and third. With her second win, Baird took first in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:51.45. The meet concluded with the 400 freestyle relay; Ohio State finished first with the team of Detro, Williams, Cater and Lisa Narum in 3:26.59.
In the first diving action of the season, senior Bianca Alvarez came away with two wins, one in the 1-meter competition with a score of 336.60 and another in the 3-meter with 400.35 total points.
In their first meet of the season vs. Kenyon College (176.5-83.5), the Scarlet and Gray captured wins in 13 events. Duplicate winners for the Buckeyes were Jackie Brousseau in the 50 freestyle, 200 breaststroke and with the 200 freestyle relay; Phoebe Cater in the 200 freestyle and the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays; Megan Detro in the 500 freestyle and the 200 freestyle relay; and Shannon Draves in the 200 IM and 200 freestyle relay.
Outstanding Autumn Quarter
The nationally ranked Buckeyes just posted top marks in the classroom as well as the pool! Ohio State's swimmers and divers recorded a combined 3.38 team grade-point average for the Autumn Quarter; 25 Buckeyes had at least a 3.0 GPA.
Senior diver Kristen Asman posted a perfect 4.0 GPA during the quarter. Thirteen Buckeyes had a 3.5 grade-point or higher: Jackie Brousseau, Mary Sarah Cruzan, Megan Detro, Shannon Draves, Catherine Eitel, Taylor Ford, Kristyn Fulcher, Makena Lynch, Lauren Massey, Lisa Narum, Kelly Titus, Ashley Vance and Michelle Williams.
Posting at least a 3.0 GPA for the quarter were: Bianca Alvarez, Phoebe Cater, Emily Creran, Lauren Davis, Sarah Griffith, Kelsey Moran, Natalie Nichols, Alex Norris, Angela Severn, Lisa Spurling and Mary Wunderle.
Live Stats Update
There's an exciting upgrade to the meet manager software that will be used at swimming events held at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you can download a FREE app that can see the results real time as soon as they are generated in the meet manager software. All the user has to do is download the app, and once they run it they will be given a list of meets to monitor. They choose the meet and that's all! More information can be found in the app store link http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/meet-mobile/id422154977?mt=8
This is in addition to the live results available via the link provided at http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/livestats/m-swim/
The Buckeyes travel to Notre Dame to compete in the Shamrock Invitational next weekend, January 27-28, in South Bend, Ind.
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