Senior Kelly Titus
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 21 Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team hosts the 2013 Ohio State Winter Invitational Saturday-Sunday at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes (7-2) will face competitors from Penn State, Purdue, Baldwin Wallace, Eastern Michigan, Buffalo, Akron, Bowling Green and Toledo.
“We are excited to host the invite this weekend and look forward to some quick efforts in our home pool,” head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott said. “This meet will serve as an opportunity for us to solidify our Big Ten Championship roster.”
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday, Feb. 9
- Prelims (11 a.m.)
- Finals (5 p.m.)
Sunday, Feb. 10
- Prelims (10 a.m.)
- Finals (4 p.m.)
The Ohio State Invitational will observe the NCAA 2-day Championship Meet Format from the 2012-13 NCAA Swimming and Diving Rule Book. There will be no preliminary heats of the relays. Relays will compete during finals only.
With multiple events being held on the campus of The Ohio State University this weekend, fans attending the Ohio State Winter Invitational our encouraged to use the Pay-Park located in the Neil Avenue Garage for all four sessions.
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.
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 (No. 16), Minnesota (No. 16) and Wisconsin (No. 19) ahead of Ohio State. Penn State (No. 24) and Purdue (No. 25) round out the standings.
Ohio State swimmers have achieved an NCAA “B” cut in the following events:
- 50 freestyle – Michelle Williams (22.93)
- 100 freestyle – Aliena Schmidtke (49.93)
- 200 freestyle – Alex Norris (1:47.61)
- 500 freestyle - Norris (4:45.14), Kelly Ann Baird (4:45.36)
- 1650 freestyle - Baird (16:21.88), Norris (16:25.61)
- 100 backstroke – Kelsey Moran (53.39), Emily Creran (54.33)
- 200 backstroke - Creran (1:55.05), Annie Gillig (1:57.99), Kristyn Fulcher (1:59.07)
- 200 breaststroke – Annie Lazor (2:13.16)
- 100 butterfly - Shannon Draves (53.13)
- 200 butterfly - Draves (1:57.46)
- 200 IM - Angela Severn (2:00.73), Ashley Vance (2:01.01), Creran (2:01.39)
- 400 IM - Kelly Titus (4:16.74), Creran (4:17.74), Severn (4:17.77), Norris (4:17.87), Fulcher (4:17.95)
BUCKEYES VICTORIOUS AT NORTHWESTERN INVITE
The Buckeyes are returning to McCorkle this weekend after finishing first at the Northwestern Invitational Feb. 2 in Evanston, Ill. The Buckeyes defeated three Big Ten schools, including Northwestern (228.00-130.00), Nebraska (224.00-134.00) and Iowa (225.00-135.00). Overall, Ohio State won 12 of the 18 swimming events at the two-day, three-session invitational.
Highlighting the team’s success was in the second session where the squad posted wins in six of the seven events. The Scarlet and Gray began their momentum when the 200 medley relay team of Kelsey Moran, Angela Severn, Shannon Draves and Megan Detro placed first with a time of 1:41.97. The victory was the first of five-consecutive wins for Ohio State.
Emily Creran followed when she touched the wall first in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:21.68, while Alex Norris claimed the victory in the 200 freestyle at 1:50.31. Severn won the team’s fifth-consecutive win when she posted a time of 1:03.02 in the 100 breaststroke for first place.
Moran and Creran went second and third, respectively, in the 100 backstroke, while the 800 free relay team of Kelly Ann Baird, Katy Luchansky, Aliena Schmidtke and Norris cruised their way to first place with a time of 7:28.19. Overall, Ohio State notched 10 Top 3 finishes during the second session
TOP TIME NOTES
- Ohio State has recorded 11 times which rank in the Top 50 nationally.
- Junior standout Kelly Ann Baird is in the Top 50 in three individual events: 500 freestyle (40th, 4:45.36); 1000 freestyle (36th, 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.
- Sixteen 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.
NORRIS NAMED OHIO STATE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Junior Alex Norris was named Ohio State Athlete of the Week Jan. 29 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.
Ohio State will next prepare for the 2013 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 20-23 in Minneapolis, Minn.