No. 15 Buckeyes Set to Host Princeton, Denison
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 15th-ranked Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team will welcome Princeton and Denison this weekend to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion for a two-day, double dual meet. Action begins Friday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. and continues Saturday, Nov. 8 at 11 a.m.
Please note the start time for Saturday has been pushed back from its originally scheduled time to 11 a.m. (ET).
CSCAA National Rankings
Ohio State ranks 15th in the nation, according to the latest Top 25 poll of Division I women’s teams conducted by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The Buckeyes are joined in the top-25 by fellow Big Ten teams Michigan (6), Indiana (8), Minnesota (10), Wisconsin (19), Penn State (20) and Purdue (24).
Undefeated in Duals
The Buckeyes improved to 6-0 in dual meet competition last week, posting wins over Cleveland State (Oct. 30) and Kenyon (Oct. 31). Ohio State earned definitive victories in each, sweeping every event contested.
It’s been a busy start to the 2014-15 campaign for the Buckeyes, as planting seeds for future success at Big Ten and NCAA championships meets has been the mantra. Ohio State kicked off its season at the Dennis Stark Relays hosted by the University of Notre Dame (Oct. 10). With a total score of 194, the Buckeyes outlasted the runner-up Fighting Irish to claim the team title. They continued building momentum with a dual meet win over Miami (Oct. 23) in Oxford, Ohio, which kick started three consecutive days of competitive action. The Buckeyes were certainly up for the challenge. The squad took down Purdue and Cincinnati (Oct. 24) at home, before posting a road win over Ohio (Oct. 24).
“The goal in putting together a lot of dual meets early is really to gage where our team was,” head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott said. “We have a young team and wanted to try kids out in a lot of different events, maybe even build up a little toughness. It’s been a good compliment to our training thus far.”
Scouting the Competition
Princeton will face its first competitive action of the season this weekend. The Tigers bring a plethora of tradition to the Buckeye state, with 21 Ivy League Championships, including 11 of the last 15.
Denison opened its dual meet schedule Saturday, Oct. 25 with a home victory over the University of Chicago. The Big Red won 11 of the 16 events, as junior Marissa Bednarek led the way with three wins. Denison traveled to Michigan State earlier this season, falling to the Spartans 137-68.
NCAA Provisional Times
Ohio State has earned one NCAA provisional time so far this season. Sophomore standout Amy Bopp recorded an NCAA ‘B’ time in the 200 breaststroke vs. the Bobcats in Athens (Oct. 24).
Bucks vs. the B1G
The Buckeyes currently hold 10 top-10 times in the Big Ten. Freshman Zhesi Li ranks fourth in the 50 freestyle, while veterans Amy Bopp and Ashley Vance each hold top-5 rankings in two events. The times cover every individual event except the 1,650 freestyle, which the team has not competed in at this point.
Eli Boda, a 13-year old from Columbus, Ohio, was adopted by the Buckeyes through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation (FOJ), a non-profit, charitable organization formed in 2005 that aims to improve the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families.
On May 19, 2014, Eli was diagnosed with a mass on his brain after a seizure caused him to unexpectedly collapse. Since then, a slew of radiation and chemotherapy has followed, taking a toll on both Eli and his loved ones.
Now, Eli has an extended family in the Buckeyes to lean on for support during challenging times. For more information on Eli, his family and his story, visit the following links: Friends of Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, Facebook, Caring Bridge and Go Fund Me.
Welcome Coach Wolfrum
In April, Jordan Wolfrum was named an assistant coach by head coach Bill Dorenkott. Wolfrum brings an extensive coaching background to the Buckeyes, including serving last season as a volunteer assistant coach at Stanford University. Under the guidance of Wolfrum, the Cardinals finished as the national runner-up, broke numerous school records and set an American and NCAA record in the 400 medley relay.
“I am so looking forward to joining the Buckeye family,” said Wolfrum. “I have immense respect for Coach Dorenkott as a coach and as a team leader. I am very excited to join him and bring my passion and excitement to the pool deck. I believe that together we can lead the Buckeyes to a Big Ten championship and NCAA honors.”
Captain Clary Leads Team USA
Lindsey Clary, a sophomore this season, was afforded the opportunity to lead the U.S. Junior National Team as it contended at the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, Aug. 27-31.
This summer marked the second consecutive in which Clary competed on the national level. She earned a spot on Team USA’s roster for Jr. Pan Pacs at the 2014 Open Water National Championships, where she finished 13th out of 47 competitors in only her second-ever open water race. At Jr. Pan Pacs, Clary earned sixth in the 10k open water event.
Busy Summer, Big Results
With the next Summer Olympics just two years away, the summer break from collegiate competition proved to be critical for the Buckeye swimmers as they strive to make their marks on the Rio Games in 2016.
Highlighting the summer, Buckeyes Michelle Williams and Samantha Cheverton shined for Team Canada at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland (July 24-29) and the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia (Aug. 21-25). At the Commonwealth Games, both Buckeyes added to Canada’s medal total, with Cheverton contributing to the silver-medal winning 4x200 freestyle relay and Williams earning bronze alongside the 4x100 freestyle relay. The pair continued to gain recognition on the international level, competing in six events at Pan Pacs, which is regarded as one of the premier international meets of the year.
Ohio State was also well represented at the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships, with a group of six current and former Buckeyes making waves at the national showcase. Clary continued to exhibit her development with a 36th-place finish in the 400 individual medley, while her teammates Alex Norris, Kaitlyn Ferrara, Ashley Vance and Amy Bopp also recorded Top-50 individual rankings.
The Buckeyes will have a short, well-deserved break from competition before hosting the annual Ohio State Invitational, Nov. 21-23.