The Miami RedHawks men’s swimming team looked impressive in their home opener against Xavier, winning 130-125 at Nixon Aquatic Center.
The final score doesn’t accurately reflect the men’s performance as they won nine of 15 events including the first five of the day.
The RedHawks displayed not only their team talent, but the promising freshman who accounted for five wins of their own. Freshmen Maximilian Jelen, Steven Russo, Grant Stafford and Jack Strauss kicked off the day with their win in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:34.11. Jelen went on to place fifth in the 200 fly (2:03.73). Russo went on to win the 100 breast (58.24). Strauss placed first in the 100 back (52.73) and third in the 100 free with a time of 47.06. Stafford would go on to win the 100 free with a time of 46.28.
Returning RedHawks, sophomore Evan Bader, sophomore Christopher Dieter, senior Sean Minderlein, and senior Dan Nemeth all turned in first-place finishes. Bader won the 200 breast with a time of 2:08.12. Dieter took the 200 free, seconds before junior Joe Baumgartner (1:44.30), finishing with a 1:42.63 time. Minderlein controlled the 1000 free with a time of 9:43.31, nearly five seconds faster than Xavier’s second-place finisher and Nemeth took the 50 free with a time of 21.03.
Other key point-getters with second-place finishes for the men were freshman Jared Higdon, in the 200 fly (1:59.20), sophomore Sean Neri, who placed second in the 200 back (1:53.09), freshman Matthew Rigali, in the 100 breast (58.42) and the 400 free relay team of Dieter, Neri, Baumgartner and sophomore Jacob Prodoehl.
Third-place finishes were turned in by Baumgartner, Prodoehl and seniors Andrew Kilkenny and Sam Crockett in the 200 medley (1:35.87). Senior Sam Flessner also finished third twice in the 100 back (52.81) and 200 back (1:55.09).
The men will next compete on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Cleveland, OH against Cleveland State at 2:00 p.m.