OXFORD, Ohio—Miami’s men’s swimming and diving team looks to end a two-meet losing streak when they travel to Muncie, Ind. to take on Ball State University Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Lewellen Aquatic Center.
Miami’s overall dual meet record is 4-3 on the season and 1-2 in Mid-American Conference competition. The RedHawks are coming off back-to-back loses in conference meets to University at Buffalo on Jan. 25 and Eastern Michigan on Feb. 1.
Despite the loss, Miami swam well in their 125-175 defeat to the Eagles, leading through the first seven events courtesy of senior swimmers in their last home meet of their Miami careers.
Wins by seniors Dan Nemeth, Michael Cavanaugh and Sean Minderlein led the RedHawks to a 67-64 lead over the Eagles through the first seven events. Miami’s six seniors: Sam Flessner, Mike Kline, Will Olson, Cavanaugh, Nemeth and Minderlein were recognized.
Nemeth was victorious in the 50 freestyle. Cavanaugh took the 200 butterfly and Minderlein finished first in the 1000 freestyle.
Junior Joe Baumgartner used two more relay performances and a first-place finish in the 100 freestyle to lead the RedHawks. He also took second behind Nemeth in the 50 freestyle earning 22 total points for the meet between his individual and relay performances. He earned 26 total points against Buffalo, also contributing points in relays and individual performances.
Freshman Grant Stafford earned another individual win on his impressive first-season. He has won an individual event in every meet this season except against Buffalo where he had two second-place finishes in the 100 and 200 butterfly.
Ball State is 1-5 in dual meets this season and 0-3 in MAC competition. Their most recent competitions have been against Buffalo, on Feb. 1, the Butler Invitational, Jan. 26, and Eastern Michigan Jan 25. The Cardinals fell to Buffalo, 103-178, and took third at the Butler Invitational. Eastern Michigan defeated the Cardinals, 115-163. Ball State is led by senior diver Jake Brehmer, who qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving meet against Eastern Michigan, and senior Drew Tharp, a two-time MAC Scholar of the Week, who earned an individual win against Buffalo last week.
Last season, the RedHawks were victorious over Ball State, defeating them 149-118 at the Nixon Aquatic Center.