Buckeyes Welcome Kenyon Ladies for Home Opener

Rachael Dzierzak
Rachael Dzierzak

Oct. 23, 2013


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team opens its 2013-14 home campaign at 6 p.m. Friday with a dual vs. the Ladies of Kenyon College. Hosted at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, the meet also will feature competition between the Ohio State and Kenyon men’s swimming and diving programs.

The meet will be run with alternating women’s and men’s races with two breaks for 1- and 3-meter diving competition. The order of events will be:

1.  200 medley relay
2.  1000 free
3.  200 free
4.  100 back
5.  100 breast
6.  200 fly
7.  50 free
8.  1-meter diving
9.  100 free
10. 200 back
11. 200 breast
12. 500 free
13. 100 fly
14. 3-meter diving
15. 200 IM
16. 200 free relay

Over the summer, Justin Sochor was named head coach of the Ohio State diving team. Sochor, who was head coach for Team USA at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, is no stranger to the remarkable Buckeye diving program.

The 2010 USA Diving Junior National Coach of the Year, Sochor transitioned from a three-year stint at the helm of the U.S. Elite Diving Academy to the program manager and head coach of the Ohio State Diving Club in 2010. Sochor, who was a volunteer assistant coach for the Buckeyes from 2007-10, worked closely with former coach Vince Panzano and considers his predecessor as his coaching mentor.



In front of a capacity crowd at Lancaster Aquatics Center, the Buckeyes recently opened its season with a 195-104 victory at Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. Ohio State posted wins in 13 swimming events vs. the Wildcats. In all, the Scarlet and Gray had 10 different members earn at least one victory over the Wildcats. Sophomore Annie Gillig led the charge with three individual wins, while freshman Amy Bopp each had two individual victories.

The Big Ten Conference announced Ohio State Amy Bopp as the recipient of the Big Ten Freshman of the Week award Oct. 15. Bopp was outstanding in the Buckeyes’ 195-104 win over the University of Kentucky. In her first collegiate meet, she swept the breaststroke events, touching the wall in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke with times of 1:04.23 and 2:18.05, respectively. She also placed second in the 200 medley relay, helping her squad notch a time of 1:44.41.

Last season, the Kenyon women's squad took the national runner-up spot at the 2013 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. Recently, the Ladies opened their 2013-14 season with a second-place showing at the annual Kenyon Relays. The group won four of eight swimming events, including three-straight wins to open the meet.

The Ohio State women’s swimming program took part in an intra-squad exhibition Oct. 18. At the meet, Team Scarlet took down Team Gray with a score of 134-119. The winning contingent conquered eight events in the process. Aliena Schmidtke, Kelly Ann Baird and Alex Norris all placed first in multiple individual events. 

Ohio State maintained a four-year run of Top 5 Big Ten finishes with a fourth-place effort last season. Adding to that effort were point scorers Kelly Ann Baird, Phoebe Cater, Rachel Dzierzak, Taylor Ford, Kristyn Fulcher, Annie Gillig, Annie Jongekrijg, Katy Luchansky, Alex Norris, Aliena Schmidtke, Ashley Vance and Michelle Williams.

The Buckeyes also bring back four NCAA qualifiers. Cater, Jongekrijg, Norris and Williams will all contribute the experience they gained at the premier national meet.

“We’re a very young team from an experience standpoint,” Dorenkott said. “The girls have done a good job this summer to get a good start from a training perspective, and that I’m very excited about. We have a couple freshmen who are going to end up being pretty darn good and that’s always a positive thing.”

The Buckeyes will return to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Friday, Nov. 1 for a showdown with Virginia Tech, Cleveland State and Denison. The meet is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.