BUFFALO, NY—Miami’s women’s swimming and diving team won a hard-fought conference dual meet, on the road, against University at Buffalo, 168-132.

The win is Miami’s seventh straight win, pushing their dual meet record to 7-1 on the season. The win against the Bulls also pushes their Mid-American Conference dual record to 5-0.

It was a total team effort, highlighted by individual wins from junior Katie Bootsma, freshman Kathleen Dodson, freshman Stephanie LeMire, senior Nicole Wagner and senior Nikki Craft.

Bootsma was a winner in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:05.82. She also finished second in the 100 backstroke (58.01) and third in the 200 IM (2:08.92).

Wagner and Dodson helped the RedHawks shift momentum in their favor following a slow start, winning back-to-back events. Wagner won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.61. Teammates, senior Michaela Scott and LeMire helped Miami take the top three spots in that event with times of 1:05.57 and 1:05.83, respectively.

Dodson, in the next event, led the RedHawks with a 2:05.92 time in the 200 butterfly. It was her first collegiate win in that event. Sophomore Emma Szczupakiewicz (2:06.73) and sophomore Katherine Blodgett (2:06.82) took second and third. Miami's two commanding showings in those events propelled the RedHawks. 

LeMire would go on to take first in the 200 breaststroke, giving the RedHawks both breaststroke events, with a time of 2:20.94. Wagner finished with a time of 2:22.29, taking third place. Scott took fourth (2:24.89).

“It’s kinda been our motto for the year that somebody new steps up every meet,” said head coach Mark Davis, “Our breaststrokers did a great job, really stepping up, getting us a lot of points there… Our divers did a great job… we swam really well on the back half of the meet.”

Craft had two individual wins, taking first in both the one-meter (275.03 points) and three-meter events (316.13 points). Freshman Jenna Karrow added a third-place finish in the one-meter dive (244.35 points) and a fourth-place finish in the three-meter dive (237.45 points).

Miami finished off the meet with a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay behind the team of senior Cynthia Donovan, junior Annie Marquiss, sophomore Natalie Rohr and sophomore Sara Krueger. They finished with a time of 1:35.53.

Other key performances were turned in by junior Stephanie Pearce, who took second in both the 1650 freestyle (17:11:35) and the 500 freestyle (5:01.65), Marquiss, who also had two second-place finishes in the 50 freestyle (24.03) and 100 freestyle (52.47), and Wagner, who also had a second-place finish in the 200 IM (2:08.66).

Szczupakiewicz was Miami’s “Iron-woman of the day” according to Davis as she swam the 200 butterfly, a third-place finish in the 200 backstroke (2:07.54), a fourth-place finish in the 100 butterfly (57.69) and contributed to a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay.  

The RedHawks next compete at home in the Nixon Aquatic Center against Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m.