Oct. 26, 2011
Columbus, Ohio - The Ohio State men's and women's swimming teams kick off the 2011-12 regular season against Division III powerhouse Kenyon College Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in a co-ed dual meet. Admission is free.
The Scarlet and Gray will be facing a Division III power in Kenyon College. The Lords have accomplished something that may never be equaled in college athletics; winning the last 31 Division III national championships. Kenyon already has one meet under its belt this year, finishing second at the Kenyon College Relays on Oct. 22.
The Ohio State men, under head coach Bill Wadley, will look to build on their 11th-place NCAA finish and third-place Big Ten finish from 2010-11. The Ohio State women's swimming and diving program, under head coach Bill Dorenkott and associate head coach Stefanie Williams, enters the 2011-12 season with a goal of improving on a 17-year-best finish at last year's Big Ten Championships. The Scarlet and Gray finished an impressive third at Big Tens and 17th at the NCAA championships last season.
Buckeyes Go Pink! Friday is a Buckeyes Go Pink! night for swimming and diving, with special pink accents and giveaways. Ohio State varsity sports at home events throughout the month of October are joining the Stefanie Spielman Fund at OSU's James Cancer Hospital in the campaign to build awareness for the fight against breast cancer.
The Lords are led by head coach Jim Steen, who enters his 36th year at Kenyon. Steen is responsible for 29 of Kenyon's 31 consecutive national championships and is regarded as one of the best coaches in the nation. Steen has won more NCAA national championships (50) than any other coach in any NCAA sport and is a 14-time Division III coach of the year winner.
The Kenyon College Ladies have captured 23 of the last 27 NCAA Division III national championships. From 1984 through 2000, the Kenyon women won 17 straight national championships -- the second-longest national championship streak in the history of the NCAA.
Order of Events The Kenyon meet will be run with alternating women's and men's races and there will not be a diving competition. The order of events will be: 200 Medley Relay 1000 Free 200 Free 100 Back 100 Breast 200 Fly 50 Free 100 Free 200 Back 200 Breast 500 Free 100 Fly 200 IM 400 Free Relay W/ 200 Free Relay M
Senior Leadership The Buckeye women are led this season by five seniors, including breatsstroke specialist Catherine Eitel (Upper Arlington, Ohio), freestyle and IM swimmer Lisa Narum (Pleasanton, Calif.), distance specialist Natalie Nichols (Claremont, Calif.), diver Kristen Asman (Columbus, Ohio) and six-time All-America diver Bianca Alvarez (Miami, Fla.), who won a bronze medal at this summer's World University Games.
The Buckeye men are led by a class of 11 seniors, a group that includes 200 backstroke Big Ten champion Andrew Elliott, the first recipient of the NCAA Elite 88 award for men's swimming and diving, and Lincoln Fahrbach , who was part of Ohio State's Big Ten championship 200 freestyle relay team. Other Scarlet and Gray seniors are Matthieu Baumann, Brent Hitchhock, Sean Moore, Austin Mudd, Stephen Sakaris, Markus Sievers, Steven Springer, Andrew Spurling and Bo Wullings.
Live Meet Scoring Can't make it to the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion to see every meet live? Click on the link available on the men's and women's swimming and diving home page at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Don't forget to follow the Buckeyes all season long at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/buckeyes where Brutus now has more than 1,000,000 likes!
Ahead Saturday, the Buckeye men will hold their annual Varsity vs. Alumni swim meet at 3 p.m. at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, prior to the OSU-Wisconsin football game.
Both the Ohio State women and men are back in competition next Friday, November 4, at McCorkle when the Buckeyes host Cleveland State, Denison and Virginia Tech. That meet begins at 6 p.m. and admission is free.