OXFORD, Ohio—Miami’s men’s swimming and diving team returns to action Saturday, Nov. 2, as they travel to Cleveland, Ohio to take on Cleveland State at 2 p.m. in the Robert F. Busbey Natatorium. This is Miami’s first road contest of the season.  

The RedHawks are coming off an impressive opening victory against Xavier on Saturday, Oct. 19, winning 130-125 in the Nixon Aquatic Center behind great first impressions from freshmen Max Jelen, Steven Russo, Grant Stafford and Jack Strauss. All four freshmen swimmers accounted for four of Miami’s eight wins against Xavier out of 15 events. Jelen, Russo, Stafford and Strauss teamed up to win the 200 medley relay to kick off the meet before Russo went on to win the 100 breaststroke. Stafford would then win the 100 freestyle and Strauss placed first in the 100 backstroke.

Returning swimmers, sophomore Evan Bader, sophomore Chris Dieter and seniors Sean Minderlein and Dan Nemeth all won individual event s against Xavier, as well, and look to build upon their impressive start to the season. Bader was also awarded Mid-American Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week following the meet for his performance in the pool against the Musketeers and his performance in the classroom.

Cleveland State is coming off a win in its first dual meet of the season against fellow Horizon League member Green Bay, 149-92, last Saturday. CSU had two swimmers, freshman Patrick Walsh and senior Alex Lewis, win two individual events each. The Vikings also competed in the Dennis Stark Relays at South Bend, Ind. earlier this season where they placed fourth out of five teams. Cleveland State will be competing in Columbus against Denison, Ohio State and Virginia Tech Friday, Nov. 1, the day before hosting the RedHawks.

These two teams swam to a 150-150 tie last season when they competed at the Nixon Aquatic Center. Miami tries to top the Vikings this time around.