Ohio State Set for Quad-Meet at McCorkle

Annie Jongekrijg
Annie Jongekrijg

Oct. 30, 2013


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team (2-0) will welcome Virginia Tech, Cleveland State and Denison Friday, Nov. 1 for a quad-meet at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The meet is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start time, but heats for the 1000 freestyle will take place at 4:40 p.m.

The meet will run with alternating women’s and men’s races with two breaks for 1- and 3-meter diving competition. The 16-event format will include two heats for each event.

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

Ohio State swam to a 191-99 win over Kenyon College last Friday in a dual meet at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes earned 14 top-times on the swimming side, as well as a pair of wins from diver Taylor Ford.

The squad was also impressive in its season-opening win over Kentucky. In front of a capacity at Lancaster Aquatics Center in Lexington, Ky., the Buckeyes took down the Wildcats 195-104. In all, the Scarlet and Gray had 10 different members post 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’s 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. 

Virginia Tech kick started its 2013-14 campaign by hosting Radford, North Carolina, Liberty and James Madison at home. The Hokies defeated all competitors in a dual meet format, except the Tar Heels who posted a 233-120 win over the home squad. Most recently, Virginia Tech fell, 171-129, to NC State. This will be the first road meet of the season for the program.

The Buckeyes will also welcome in-state foes Cleveland State and Denison. The Vikings are coming off a recent loss to Green Bay, while the Big Red recently earned a dual-meet win over Malone. Cleveland State has special ties to the Buckeyes, as it is the alma mater of current head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott.

Ohio State maintained a four-year run of top-five 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 bring back 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.”

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, this past summer 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. 

"Mike Peppe, Ron O'Brien and Vince Panzano. For more than 80 years, these three men have created the finest diving community for student-athletes to achieve their highest level of success personally, competitively and academically," Sochor said. "These coaches have inspired me to continue the tradition of excellence at this great university. I am truly honored and humbled to step forward as the fourth head diving coach of the Buckeyes."

Most recently, Sochor led the Ohio State Diving Club to back-to-back overall national titles at the 2013 USA Diving Junior National Championships Aug. 10 in Minneapolis, Minn. The OSU boys club also claimed a national championship.

After five years at the helm of the Ohio State women's swimming program, Bill Dorenkott accepted a five-year contract extension this summer. Announced in late July, the revamped deal will run though 2018.

Under the steady leadership of Dorenkott, the women's swimming program has solidified a foundation for future success. In just his second season in Columbus, the team finished fifth at the Big Ten championships. The top-five effort represents the highest finish for the program in 13 years. In 2011 and 2012, the progression of the program only continued as the Scarlet and Gray concluded each season in the Top 3 in the conference. 

On Nov. 8, Ohio State will travel to West Lafayette, Ind. to open the Big Ten season against Purdue and Northwestern. The meet is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.