GENEVA, Ohio—Miami’s women’s swimming and diving team finishes day one of the Mid-American Conference Championships in second-place at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio with two more days to go.
Miami, who earned 167 points in Thursday’s events, only trails Akron’s 201 points. Eastern Michigan (148 points) is third thus far with Buffalo and Bowling Green tied in fourth with 138 points each. Ohio, Ball State and Toledo round out the rankings with 114, 101 and 85 points, respectively.
For the RedHawks, junior Stephanie Pearce led the way with a second-place finish in the 500 freestyle. Her time of 4:48.82 set a new school record for the RedHawks, breaking Katie Forester’s 4:48.96 time from 2003.
“We were really happy with her performance,” said head coach Mark Davis, “It was a pretty good night.”
Junior Annie Marquiss was a major contributor for the RedHawks in the MAC Championships’ first day with three separate event finishes. In the 200 freestyle relay, she swam with sophomore Sara Krueger, sophomore Natalie Rohr and senior Cynthia Donovan to a fourth-place finish with a time of 1:32.10.
Marquiss also was the top RedHawk finisher in the 50 freestyle with a third-place finish (23.18). She contributed to a fifth-place finish in the 400 medley relay with freshman Elise Campbell, freshman Stephanie LeMire, sophomore Emma Szczupakiewicz (3:43.61).
Senior Nikki Craft took second in the one-meter diving event with 302.45 points, earning the RedHawks 17 team points.
Sophomore Aubrey Kluth and LeMire finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 200 IM. Kluth finished with a time of 2:01.79. LeMire finished with a time of 2:02.43.
“We have three days to earn a championship,” said Davis, “We really have to go get it tomorrow and really make a move… then Saturday is championship day.”
The swimmers return to the pool tomorrow with preliminary events kicking off at 11 a.m. The finals will take place at 7 p.m. tomorrow evening.