OXFORD, Ohio--Behind a balanced team effort, the Miami RedHawks women’s swimming and diving team defeated Bowling Green, 179-111 at the Nixon Aquatic Center.
The RedHawks won 12 of 16 events in route to their second straight Mid-American Conference win and their third straight overall. Bowling Green began the meet with a 37-22 lead through three events, before Miami won the next five taking the lead for good.
Senior Nikki Craft won both the one-meter and three-meter diving events and was the only RedHawk to win more than one event against the Falcons. Other first-place finishers for the RedHawks were freshmen Julia Campbell and Stephanie LeMire, sophomores Katie Blodgett and Aubrey Kluth, juniors Annie Marquiss, Stephanie Pearce and Katie Bootsma and seniors Brianna Fujan and Nicole Wagner.
Campbell won the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:02.66 and helped Miami take the top three spots in the 1650 free, finishing second with a time of 17:20.95. Pearce finished in first-place with a time of 17:13.12. Sophomore Kelly Rogers took third in the event (17:37.63).
LeMire took first in the 200 breaststroke (2:21.23), and finished second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.30, just behind Wagner’s time of 1:04.45.
Blodgett won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:05.21, which is just over two seconds faster than sophomore Emma Szczupakiewicz’s second-place time (2:07.48). Freshman Kathleen Dodson finished fourth, earning two points for the RedHawks with a time of 2:07.90.
Kluth was fantastic in the 400 IM finishing with a time of 4:28.60, which was six seconds faster than the second-place finisher for the Falcons.
Marquiss was busy, earning points in three separate events. She was a member of the third-place finishing 400 medley relay team with freshman Brittany Dudzinski, freshman Claire Mongenas and Dodson that swam a 3:58.65 time. She won the 50 freestyle, edging out senior RedHawk Cynthia Donovan with a time of 23.81 to Donovan’s 23.98. Marquiss also placed fourth in the 100 freestyle (52.59).
Bootsma and Fujan took first and second in the 100 and 200 backstroke. Bootsma won the 100 backstroke with a time of 58.37 to Fujan’s time of 58.44, which was good enough for second. Fujan won the 200 backstroke (2:07.25), beating Bootsma (2:07.57) by three tenths of a second.
Other strong performances were turned in by freshman Elise Campbell, who placed third in the 200 freestyle (1:53.84) and second in the 100 freestyle (51.77) only moments after Bowling Green’s first-place swimmer, and sophomore Betsy Zilch, who finished second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.91.
Miami is in Muncie, Ind. Friday, Nov. 8, for their next meet against conference opponent Ball State at 6 p.m.