CLEVELAND - The Mid-American Conference has announced the preseason swimming and diving polls, as voted on by MAC coaches, with the Eastern Michigan Eagles men’s team the favorite to repeat as MAC champions this season.

The Miami RedHawks are picked to finish fifth in the Poll. The favored Eagles have won 21 of the last 25 MAC titles.

Missouri State, who only finished six points behind Eastern Michigan last season, is picked to finish second, Buffalo third and Southern Illinois is predicted to finish fourth.

Ball State and Evansville are predicted to finish sixth and seventh, respectively.

The men’s team begins their season on Saturday, Oct. 19, when both the men and women host Xavier.