Buffalo, N.Y. - Miami University swimmers and divers got off to a roaring start at the Mid-American Conference Championship meet Thursday morning, qualifying six individuals for the evening's finals and six for the consolation finals.

All 12 of the RedHawk swimmers who competed in the preliminary round had personal season bests.

Sophomore Courtney Collett (4:51.39) will swim in the finals of the 500 freestyle, while teammates Stephanie Pearce (4:56.55), Molly Tyler (4:58.08) and Whitney Mitchell (4:58.93) are entries in the consolation race.

Miami qualified two individuals for the finals of the 200 individual medley. Senior Leah Thornton (2:01.84) and freshman Aubrey Kluth (2:02.34) will compete for the individual title, while junior Nicole Wagner (2:03.66) will battle for important points in the consolation finals of the 200 IM.

The finals of the 50 free includes RedHawk seniors Maddie Kete (23.07) and Bekka Westrick (22.41), while junior Cynthia Donovan (23.32) will swim in the consolation race.

Miami's junior diver Nikki Craft had the top score on the one-meter board. Senior Corey Bangs will compete in the consolation finals.

Miami is getting plenty of pressure from four other teams, including Eastern Michigan (six finalists), Ohio (six finalists), host Buffalo (five finalists) and Bowling Green (four finalists).

Thursday's finals begin at 7 p.m. Competition continues Friday and Saturday.

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