Ohio State Set for Quad-Meet at McCorkle
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.
ORDER OF EVENTS
1. 200 medley relay
BUCKEYES EARN THEIR LEAVES
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.
Amy Bopp NAMED B1G FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
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.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
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.
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.”
WELCOME COACH SOCHOR
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.
DORENKOTT ACCEPTS FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION
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.