Miami Swimmers Open Season against Purdue and Xavier

By Melissa Maykut

OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University women's swimming and diving team will travel to West Lafayette, Ind. Friday, Oct. 19, to compete against the Purdue Boilermakers, then returns the following day to host the Xavier Musketeers with Miami's men's swimming and diving team.

Saturday's home meet will begin at 2:00 at the Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center. There is no admission charge.

Women's Head Coach Dave Jennings has a strong balance of experienced and beginning swimmers, returning 13 seniors this year and brings in nine freshmen.  Of the 13 seniors returning, Maegan O'Connor (Fishers, IN), Bekka Westrick (Fairfield), Leah Thornton (Helena, AL) and Maddie Kete (Bay Village)had all qualified for the Olympic Trials last season, as well as sophomore diver Lacey Houser (Danville, IN). Houser placed third at the Mid-American Conference (MAC) championships last season, while returning diver Nikki Craft (Bay Village) finished first, helping the team to a third place finish overall.

Jennings says the senior class has done a good job so far taking on a leadership role with the rest of the team.

"I think our senior class has been doing a good job of bringing the team together and supporting each other," he said. "Our team chemistry is important to our success this season."

Purdue's women's swimming team, coached by John Klinge, is returning nine seniors this season, including junior Emily Fogle who won the consolation final in the 200 breaststroke at the NCAA Championships, while also breaking the program's record in this race.

Last season, Purdue swept Miami, 175-117, despite a first-place finish from Craft. Friday even will be the first meet of the season for both teams.

Miami University's men's swimming team, coached by Head Coach Pete Lindsay, is returning five seniors including diver Chris Hoppler (Germantown, MD) who earned a fourth-place finish at the MAC Championships. Eight freshmen swimmers have joined Lindsay's team this season, including Davis Staley (Chagrin Falls) who won the Divison 2 State Championships for the 100 backstroke and Jacob Prodoehl (Milwaukee, WI) who won the Division 1 State Championships for the 100 freestyle.

Both Miami's men's and women's team swept Xavier when they hosted the Musketeers last season. Senior Dan Nemeth (Highland Heights) earned two first-place finishes in the 50 and 100 freestyle races, helping the RedHawks to a 156-106 victory over Head Coach Dan MacDonald's team.

On the women's team, junior Michaela Scott (St. Charles, IL) swam to first-place finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, aiding Miami to a 169-85 win over the Musketeers. Xavier has already dropped their opening meet to Louisville  Oct. 12, but beat Cumberland a day later and will face Cincinnati before coming to Oxford to compete against the RedHawks.