OXFORD, Ohio—With a seven-meet win streak on the line, the women’s swimming and diving team hosts Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m. in the Nixon Aquatic Center.
Miami enters the Mid-American Conference matchup following a hard-fought road win, 168-132, against Buffalo last week, which pushed their dual meet record to 7-1 on the season and 5-0 in MAC competition. Miami’s last loss came in their first meet of the season, on Oct. 18, against Purdue.
The win against the Bulls was a complete team victory highlighted by individual wins from junior Katie Bootsma, freshman Kathleen Dodson, freshman Stephanie LeMire, senior Nicole Wagner and senior Nikki Craft.
Wagner and Dodson were key for the RedHawks, shifting momentum early in the meet with back-to-back wins in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 butterfly, respectively, as Miami, as a team, finished one, two and three in both events. With LeMire’s win in the 200 breaststroke, Bootsma’s in the 200 backstroke and Craft’s two wins in the one and three-meter diving events, Miami was too much for the Bulls.
Coming into the matchup with the RedHawks, the Eastern Michigan Eagles are 8-3 in dual meets this season and 4-1 in conference competition. Two of their losses came in their first two meets of the season, against Illinois and Northwestern. They have since gone 8-1 in dual meets. Their only other loss was to MAC opponent Toledo on Nov. 16. The Eagles have recently defeated Ball State (185-112) and Wayne State (176-122) following wins over Michigan State (193-106), Buffalo (152-148) and Denison (181-118) earlier this month.
Miami did not face Eastern Michigan in a dual meet last season, but defeated the Eagles, 167-132, in Ypsilanti, Mich. when these teams last met on Jan. 27, 2012.