Jan. 31, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 21 Ohio State women's swimming and diving team will take another step in preparation for the Big Ten Championships by competing at the Northwestern Invitational Friday-Saturday in Evanston, Ill. The Buckeyes (7-2, 0-1 Big Ten) begin the two-day, three-session meet against the Wildcats, Iowa and Nebraska at 6 p.m. ET Friday before returning to the pool at 11 a.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET, respectively, Saturday at Norris Aquatics Center.
Ohio State enters this weekend's competition ranked No. 21 by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Seven Big Ten Conference teams are currently ranked, with Indiana (No. 13), Michigan (16), Minnesota (16) and Wisconsin (19) ahead of Ohio State. Penn State (24) and Purdue (25) round out the standings for the conference.
NORRIS NAMED OHIO STATE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Junior Alex Norris was named Ohio State Athlete of the Week Tuesday after she finished first in the 1650 freestyle with an NCAA "B" time of 16.25.61 to help the Buckeyes defeat Cincinnati 171-115 last Saturday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The race marked the first time Norris, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, has swam the event in her Buckeye career. Norris, who qualified for her second-consecutive NCAA championship in 2012, competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200 and 400 freestyle events.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes downed Cincinnati, 171-115, last weekend at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Ohio State honored its seven seniors before the start of competition and concluded their home dual schedule with a perfect 6-0 record. Overall, three different seniors picked up individual victories against Cincinnati.
From the moment she stepped on campus four short years ago, Megan Detro has had as profound impact as any on the Ohio State women's swimming program. To read the full article, log on to OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Q: What was it like to compete at the Olympic Trials?
A: It was one of the coolest meets I've ever been to. It was an awesome experience. There were so many Olympic swimmers that you got to see - it felt like you were at the Olympics. It's actually faster than the Olympics. It was such a fun experience to be able to get up and race the fastest people in the world.
Q: As a freshman, you received an award for being the hardest worker. Is there a certain freshman that has really impressed you with their work ethic?
A: I think there are a couple freshmen who have came in and worked really, really hard. There are also a few juniors who are setting a great example for the underclassmen on how to work hard in swimming, on dry land and in anything else we do.
Q: As a senior, what has it been like working with head coach Bill Dorenkott for the past four seasons?
A: It has been great getting to know him. He's been a life mentor, more than just a coach. He has always put swimming fourth in our lives - behind family, faith and school. It's been great getting to know what he thinks about everything. It's been great to have a coach who teaches me more than just swimming.
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 (42nd, 4:45.36); 1000 freestyle (33rd, 9:56.89); 1650 freestyle (23rd, 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. 40 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 Kelsey Moran is second in the 100 back (53.39) and Creran is third in the 200 back 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.
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 Jan. 22. 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.
Ohio State returns to Columbus next weekend to host the 2013 OSU Winter Invitational Feb. 9-10 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
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