Jan. 24, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's swimming and diving team concludes the home dual schedule at 1 p.m. Saturday in a matchup vs. Cincinnati at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The 15th-ranked Buckeyes (6-2, 0-1 Big Ten) will look to continue the winning trend at home today as they head into the meet vs. the Bearcats with a 5-0 home dual record in Columbus.
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.
THE BUCKEYE SENIORS
Ohio State will honor its seven seniors before competition vs. the Bearcats today. These seven seniors have been a part of the rise of the Ohio State program during the past four years and have been labeled as "the most improved senior group" in Bill Dorenkott's coaching career. Here is a look at the 2013 seniors:
- Emily Creran (Haddonfield, N.J.; exercise science): 2012 Second Team All-Big Ten; 2012 runner-up in 200 back at Big Ten championships; two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete; holds the Ohio State varsity record in the 200 back (1:54.26) set in 2011.
- Megan Detro (Carmel, Ind.; health sciences): 2012 Second Team All-Big Ten and four-time NCAA honorable mention All-American; 2012 Academic All-Big Ten selection and OSU Scholar-Athlete; holds school record in 50 free and 100 free; 2011 Big Ten champion in the 100 free.
- Shannon Draves (Gilbertsville, Pa.; early education): 2012 First Team All-Big Ten selection and NCAA honorable mention All-American; 2012 Big Ten champion in 200 butterfly; holds OSU varsity records in 100 fly (52.76) and 200 fly (1:56.35); a 2012 Academic All-Big Ten selection, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
- Lauren Massey (Indianapolis, Ind.; biology): A two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection; qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke; plans to go to medical school after graduating this spring.
- Kelsey Moran (Lakewood, Ohio; psychology): The record holder in the 100 back stroke with a time of 52.70, lowering the mark in each season she has been a Buckeye; A 2012 Second Team-All-big Ten and NCAA honorable mention All-American; three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
- Angela Severn (Harleysville, Pa.; education and human ecology): A 2012 Second Team All-Big Ten honoree and honorable mention All-American; holds the varsity record in the 200 IM with a time of 1:58.54 set during 2011; Academic All-Big Ten and three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete;
- Kelly Titus (Bowling Green, Ohio; psychology): Holds the second-fastest time in the 1000 freestyle and third fastest time in the 500 freestyle for the Buckeyes; competed for the Buckeyes in the 1650 freestyle, 400 IM and 500 freestyle at the 2012 Big Ten championships; qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the 400 IM and 400 freestyle.
In its last meet in Columbus, the Buckeyes defeated Toledo, 189-104, Jan. 12 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Ohio State was led by its senior class, which combined for nine individual wins and 15 Top 3 finishes. Angela Severn, Megan Detro, Shannon Draves and Emily Creran each had two event wins, respectively.
"I think there are two types of seniors," Dorenkott said. "There are those that count down the days because they are ready to be done and there are those that are really going to miss the sport. I think this group falls into the second category and I've enjoyed coaching a class that in my opinion has improved the most since I've been coaching swimming."
COUSINEAU CLAIMS FOURTH WEEKLY AWARD
Redshirt sophomore Ohio State diver Cheyenne Cousineau earned the Big Ten Conference's Diver of the Week Award for the fourth time in 2012-13, the conference office announced Tuesday. The award also is Cousineau's fourth of her career.
Cousineau, a native of Temperance, Mich., claimed first-place finishes in Ohio State's dual meet at Michigan last weekend. She won the one-meter springboard with a total score of 318.60, while earning first on the three-meter with 304.05 total points. Cousineau becomes the first women's diver to earn four weekly honors in a single season since Maggie Keefer of Minnesota claimed four laurels in 2011-12.
Buckeye fans, log on to OhioStateBuckeyes.com to read a Q&A story featuring Cousineau.
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: 500 freestyle (41st, 4:45.36); 1000 freestyle (32nd, 9:56.89); 1650 freestyle (21st, 16.21.88).
- The Buckeyes highest national ranking goes to Emily Creran, who is 19th in the 200 backstroke (1:55.05).
- Freshman Annie Lazor is off to a quick start for her Buckeye career, ranking at No. 39 in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:13.16. The time also ranks fourth among Big Ten competitors.
- Thirteen times posted by Buckeyes are among the Top 10 fastest in the Big Ten Conference.
- Shannon Draves leads the conference in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.13, while Creran is third in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:55.05.
- The Buckeyes have more than five swimmers in three separate events who have posted Top 25 times in the conference.
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."
Ohio State hits the road to compete at the Northwestern Invitational Feb. 1-2 in Evanston, Ill.