March 15, 2012
Ohio State senior diver Bianca Alvarez picked up an honorable mention All-America accolade Thursday to open competition at the NCAA championships at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala. The Buckeyes are currently tied for 21st position with nine points gained from Alvarez’s ninth-place finish.
Alvarez, who recently claimed Big Ten titles the 1- and 3-meter springboard events, tallied a score of 296.50 in preliminaries to qualify for finals on the 1-meter springboard. In the finals, Alvarez improved on her morning total and finished the night with an impressive score of 340.50 for ninth-place; the score was the third best in Ohio State history, just short of Alvarez’s total of 350.03 recorded in 2008.
Ohio State had two relays compete on day one of the championships. The 200 freestyle relay team of Michelle Williams, Megan Detro, Phoebe Cater and Kelsey Moran placed 18th in a school record time of 1:29.96, while the 400 medley relay team of Moran, Angela Severn, Shannon Draves and Williams also took 18th in 3:36.93.
Also competing for the Buckeyes, junior Emily Creran placed 34th in the 200 individual medley with a preliminary time of 1:59.55, while sophomore Kelly Ann Baird finished in 37th-place in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:46.21. Along with Creran, Severn and sophomore Alex Norris also competed in the 200 individual medley. Severn recorded a time of 1:59.97 for 41st-place, and Norris placed 50th in 2:00.97.
In the 50 freestyle, Detro was just shy of a Top 25 performance; the Buckeye junior finished tied for 26th with Texas’ Bethany Adams in a time of 22.54. Williams, also competing in the 50 freestyle, placed 50th in 22.82.
Overall, it was a fast night of competition at the championships. Prominent records fell in each of the night’s events, including NCAA records in the 200 individual medley and 400 medley relay. The University of California Berkeley currently holds the top spot, with a team total of 132 points.
The Buckeyes will return to action tomorrow at the NCAA championships, with finals scheduled for a 7 p.m. (CT) start. Live results can be followed at http://results.teamunify.com/nsss/results/NCAA/2012Women/.
Women’s Swimming & Diving
Thursday, March 15, 2012
James E. Martin Aquatics Center
500 freestyle: 1) Southern California: Haley Anderson (4:34.48); 37) Kelly Ann Baird (4:46.21)
1-meter diving: 1) Southern California: Tory Ishimatsu (354.10); 9) Bianca Alvarez (340.50)
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