Buckeyes Set for Two Road Duals This Weekend
Nov. 8, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s swimming and diving team will hit the road for the first time in 2012, competing in back-to-back away duals in a 24-hour period. The Buckeyes (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to face No. 8 Tennessee at 2 p.m. Friday in a co-ed meet before traveling to compete at Ohio at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Fifth-year head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott is excited to see his team in action on the road highlighted Friday with a meet against a Top 10 opponent, while seeing where the team is at on a conditional basis.
“I think we have a lot of depth this season,” head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott said. “We expect it to be competitive and a great opportunity to see where we are as a team this weekend. To be successful in the postseason, it’s important to be consistent and to have to go back-to-back meets this weekend was very purposeful for us setting a schedule.”
BUCKEYES IMPROVE TO 3-0
Junior Kelly Titus led the way in the 200 freestyle, posting a win in a time of 1:52.01. Ohio State also took the 100 backstroke event with senior Lauren Massey and junior Kelly Ann Baird taking the Top 2 spots. Lauren Massey dropped a time of 57.59, while Baird touched in 58.33. With her second win of the night, Titus posted a win in the 200 breaststroke in 2:19.57. Senior Alex Norris also added to her win total with a first-place showing in the 100 butterfly (57.13). In the 200 individual medley, senior Shannon Draves touched first in 2:06.83.
In diving, last week's Big Ten Diver of the Week Cheyenne Cousineau recorded a win on the 1-meter springboard with 315.90 points.
Cousineau, a native of Temperance, Mich., took first on the one-meter springboard with a score 315.90. The event score was a NCAA Zone Diving qualifying mark. Her wins helped the Buckeyes cruise to a 178.5-110.50 win over Denison to improve to 3-0 in 2012.
Two of the group’s wins came recorded over ranked opponents – No. 13 Indiana and No. 19 Louisville. Last season, Tennessee finished second in the SEC, as well as seventh at the NCAA championships.
The Buckeyes took down Ohio last season in a dual meet at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. At the meet, seven different Buckeyes won at least one individual race. Ohio State was also strong in the diving competition, with Cheyenne Cousineau placing first on the 1-meter dive.