Men's and women's teams have captured an all-time high of eight conference championships so far, with four more titles still up for grabs.
The soccer and field hockey teams pulled off double titles in a 10-day span last November, winning regular-season and tournament championships in the Mid-American Conference. In February, ice hockey captured the final Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season trophy, while women's swimming dominated the MAC meet despite not winning a single individual event. And less than two weeks ago, the tennis team won its fifth straight regular-season title and third tournament championship in a five-year span.
"We had four championships in the fall semester and have four so far this spring," Director of Athletics David Sayler said. "It has been fun to pick up some energy and steam recently and win some during the spring as well. We are in first in the MAC women's all-sports competition (Jacoby Cup) and we hope to hang on to that with a successful MAC outdoor track meet. It was a real sight to see when we spread out all of this year's trophies on the table at our all staff meeting earlier this week. I am really proud of our coaches and staff, but also want to give out a special thank you to our tremendous student-athletes for all their great efforts, both in the classroom and in their competitions."
The Miami men's and women's outdoor track & field teams are at championships this weekend, while baseball has two regular-season series left before the conference tournament.
The field hockey team won the regular-season title for the second time in three seasons with a 4-1 record. The RedHawks overcame an early season loss to Missouri State to win their last three MAC games and share the crown with Kent State.
For their efforts, RedHawks swept all the major MAC awards. Senior Olivia Miller was named Player of the Year, Bea Dechant was named Freshman of the Year and Iñako Puzo was named Coach of the Year. As the top seed in the MAC Tournament, Miami defeated Ohio, 3-2, in overtime in the semifinals. Facing fellow co-regular season champion Kent State in the title game, the RedHawks would go on to earn a 2-1 victory.
Miami Soccer won a school-record 20 games while posting a 20-3-1 record, during which Miami rattled off a school-record 11-game winning streak. The RedHawks went unbeaten in league play at 10-0-1, becoming just the second team in league history to not lose a MAC game. The regular-season crown was just the second in school history and first since 2002. Senior captain Jess Kodiak collected MAC Offensive Player of the Year honors while midfielder Haley Walter received MAC Freshman of the Year.
Boasting the No. 1 seed in the MAC Tournament, Miami downed rival and eighth-seeded Ohio for a fifth straight time in the quarterfinals, 1-0, in Oxford. The RedHawks then hosted the remainder of the tournament, soaring past fourth-seeded Kent State, 3-1, in the semifinals, before topping No. 2 seed Central Michigan, 2-1, in the championship game. The MAC Tournament title was the program's fourth, also its first since 2002. Four RedHawks were named to the MAC All-Tournament Team, including Kodiak, who was also an All-America selection. Earning an automatic berth, Miami made its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history and defeated No. 20 Tennessee, 3-2 in overtime, in the first round in Knoxville, before dropping a second-round contest to No. 15 Duke.
Miami Ice Hockey closed out the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in style, winning the final regular-season championship. The RedHawks won their fourth CCHA regular-season crown in program history and second in four years, while capturing their fifth CCHA title overall. Miami finished the year 25-12-5 overall, its most wins since 2009-10, and 17-7-4-4 in its final season of CCHA play. In addition to the CCHA title, Miami swept the major CCHA awards as sophomore forward Austin Czarnik was named CCHA Player of the Year, forward Riley Barber earned CCHA Rookie of the Year and Enrico Blasi was tabbed CCHA Coach of the Year. The second-seeded RedHawks made their eighth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and 11th overall, topping Minnesota State, 4-0, in the opening round before falling to St. Cloud State in the Midwest Regional final.
The same day, the women's swimming and diving team finished off an unprecedented championship, winning the title but not a single event. It was the program's 17th first-place finish in the 33-year history of the meet, but first since 2009.
Miami's 621 team points out-distanced runner-up Ohio (505) by 116 points.
The women's tennis team claimed its fifth straight outright regular-season title despite a rocky start. The RedHawks dropped their conference opener at home, 4-3 to Ball State, snapping a streak of 33 straight wins in regular-season league play. But Miami responded by winning its next seven matches to claim the crown. At the conference tournament, Miami defeated host Ball State 4-0 in the semifinals, then rallied for a 4-3 decision over Bowling Green for the tournament title and automatic NCAA bid. The team opens NCAA play Friday at No. 12 Stanford.
Fans are encouraged to show their support for the RedHawks the rest of this year and into next. Miami Baseball has six home games left on the schedule, hosting Buffalo May 10-12 and Ohio May 16-18. Season tickets for the 2013 football season are now on sale, starting at $70. Click here for more information.