TOLEDO, Ohio - Double individual victories by Nikki Craft, Leah Thornton and Bekka Westrick paced Miami University's women's swimming team to a 167.5-132.5 Mid-American Conference victory at Toledo Saturday afternoon.
The win boosted the RedHawks' dual meet record to 9-1 overall and to a perfect 4-0 mark in MAC meets. The Rockets, MAC champs in 2012, fell to 2-3 overall.
Miami's foursome of Thornton, Stacie Clagg, Wrestrick and Maddie Kete teamed up to take first in the opening event, the 200 medley relay. That and a third-place finish by Brianna Fujan, Stacia Schacter, Maegan O'Connor and Cynthia Donovan gave the RedHawks a 13-4 lead.
Individually, Miami's swimmers and divers continue to impress. Craft, Diver of the Year in the MAC last season, once again took first in both the one-meter and three-meter diving events. Her score of 316.43 in the one-meter competition was a season best.
Thornton scored 18 individual points with first-place finishes in the 100 and 200 backstroke races, while fellow senior Bekka Westrick touched the wall first in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events.
Kete accounted for 15 individual points Saturday, winning the 400 individual medley and placing third in both the 50 and 100 freestyle races.
Sophomore Whitney Mitchell scored 14 points for the RedHawks, winning the 500 free, placing second in the 200 free and finishing fifth in the 400 IM.
Clagg, one of Miami's best breaststrokers, totaled 11 individual points with a first-place finish in the 200 breast, a fourth-place ranking in the 100 breast and a fourth-place finish in the 400 IM.
Other RedHawks who contributed vital points to the team's big road victory included freshman Aubrey Kluth (eight points with second-place finishes in the 1000 free and the 400 IM) and sophomore Stephanie Pearce (five points with a season-best third-place time in the 1000 free and a fourth-place finish in the 500 free).
Seniors Molly Tyler and O'Connor, junior Kayla Scott, sophomore Annie Marquiss and freshman Emma Szczupakiewicz each scored four individual points in Miami's win.
Next Saturday (Feb. 2) marks Senior Day for the women's swimming and diving team as the RedHawks entertain the Ball State Cardinals. Action at the Nixon Aquatic Center begins at 1 p.m. in the final home event of the 2012-13 season. Admission is free.