Buckeyes Make Headlines on International Stage

Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams
April 3, 2015

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Representing the Ohio State women's swimming and diving program on the international stage, Buckeyes Michelle Williams, Samantha Cheverton and Zulal Zeren continue to showcase their abilities at premier events in their native nations. 

Williams, a standout for the Buckeyes from 2011-14, headlined the 2015 Team Canada Swimming Trials on Thursday with a win in the 100 freestyle. Clocking a personal best time of 54.21, Williams earned a spot on Team Canada for the FINA World Championships and Pan Am Games scheduled to take place this summer.

"I'm ecstatic," Williams said to Swimming Canada following the race. "It was a thrill to go under 55 seconds and hopefully it is a sign of big things to come. To make the teams and especially to compete at home is a dream come true."

Williams also posted the fourth-fastest time in prelims of the 50 butterfly with a mark of 26.65.

A consistent presence in international competition, Cheverton is also suiting up at the 2015 Team Canada Swimming Trials. She posted a sixth-place finish in the 200 freestyle on Wednesday, and followed it up with an 18th-place showing in the 100 freestyle.

A representative for Team Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games, Cheverton holds the second-fastest time in the 400 freestyle coming into the meet. The race is scheduled to take place on Friday.

Action will continue at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre Friday and Saturday. Live results are available at https://www.swimming.ca/liveresults/2015cantrials/.

Current team member Zulal Zeren recently competed at the 2015 Spanish Open National Championships in Malaga, Spain. Swimming in both backstroke events contested, Zeren earned a fourth-place touch in the 100 backstroke, as well as a top-eight time in the 200 backstroke. Jordan Wolfrum, Ohio State's assistant swimming coach, accompanied her on the trip.