No. 19 Buckeyes Dive into Big Ten Campaign
Nov. 7, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A busy weekend of competition is in store for the 19th-ranked Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team (5-0). The Buckeyes will face Big Ten opponents Purdue and Northwestern at 4 p.m. Friday, before welcoming in-state foe Ohio University to McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion Saturday at 1 p.m.
ORDER OF EVENTS – OSU vs. OU
1. 400 medley relay
CLIMBING THE RANKS
The CSCAA will produce in-season rankings of the 25 best performing teams. Rankings will be released on a regular basis, alternating weeks between men’s and women’s team rankings.
Big Ten Nationally Ranked Teams
BUCKEYES EARN THEIR LEAVES
Ohio State recorded its second win of the season with a 191-99 performance over Kenyon College in a home dual (Oct. 25). The Buckeyes posted 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 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.
TALKING TOP TIMES
Top 10 Times – Big Ten
400 free relay
200 medley relay
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Northwestern has taken down three teams in dual meet action so far this season, including one Big Ten opponent. The Wildcats opened the season Friday, Oct. 18 at home, defeating Illinois (166-133) and Eastern Michigan (199-100). In its first road meet of the season, Northwestern took down Western Kentucky, 155-145, in Bowling Green, Ky.
On Saturday, Ohio State will take on another undefeated team. The Ohio University Bobcats have posted two decisive wins this season – one over Ball State (162-138) and another over Buffalo (143-89). In the team’s win over Buffalo, Ohio claimed nine of 13 events.
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.