OXFORD, Ohio—Miami’s women’s swimming and diving team looks to push their dual meet record to 6-1 when they travel to Evansville, Ind. to take on the Purple Aces on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m.
Miami has been on a tear this season, winning six straight competitions since falling to Purdue on Oct. 18. Since then, the RedHawks’ dual meet record is a perfect 5-0 and Miami was victorious at the three-day Miami Invitational, Dec. 5-7, finishing first out of eight teams. Their most recent win came against Cincinnati on Jan. 9, 177-119, at the Nixon Aquatic Center. Now, the RedHawks must travel to Evansville in order to keep their winning streak alive.
Junior Stephanie Pearce and sophomore Aubrey Kluth have been great for the RedHawks this season swimming distance events. Kluth has won an individual event in five of the RedHawks’ seven scored competitions this season. Pearce was victorious against the Bearcats in the 1000 freestyle and finished second overall in the 500 freestyle at the Miami Invitational. She also logged a first-place finish in the 500 freestyle in Miami’s last dual meet against Ball State.
Another key contributor to Miami’s success is freshman Stephanie LeMire, who has won an event in five of seven competitions this season. LeMire is coming off a strong performance against the Bearcats, winning both the 100 and 200 breaststroke.
Evansville is 1-4 in dual meets this season. Their lone dual meet win was over Eastern Illinois, 130-75, on Nov. 9. The Purple Aces fell to Southern Illinois, Missouri State and Illinois State early in the season and finished second at the Indiana Intercollegiate meet in late October. Evansville hosted Houston on Jan. 10 and fell, 104-135, in their most recent competition.
The RedHawks defeated the Purple Aces last season, 148-55, at the Nixon Aquatic Center.