NEWBURGH, Ind.—Miami’s women’s swimming and diving hit the road and defeated the Evansville Purple Aces, 183-109, at Castle High School, in Newburgh, Ind. behind 13 first-place finishes for the RedHawks.
Miami began the meet with a first and second place finish in the 200 medley relay before going on to take 12 of the next 15 events. The 200 medley relay team of freshman Brittany Dudzinski, freshman Claire Mongenas, sophomore Betsy Zilch and sophomore Sara Krueger took the top spot with a time of 1:49.49. The second-place team of seniors Brianna Fujan, Kayla Scott, Nicole Wagner and Cynthia Donovan swam a time of 1:50.36 kicking off the day for the RedHawks.
Head Coach Mark Davis was pleased with the team’s performance considering some of the challenges of road meets.
“A lot of girls did a nice job. They were on a bus for four and a half hours… It was good for them to face that sort of adversity.”
Miami had individual first-place finishes turned in by sophomore Katie Blodgett, junior Courtney Collett, junior Emma Craig, freshman Kathleen Dodson, junior Annie Marquiss, senior Nikki Craft, Mongenas, Zilch and Dudzinski.
Blodgett swam a time of 4:36.07 in the 400 IM, earning a win. She also was a second-place finisher in the 200 butterfly (2:08.76), narrowly finishing after Dodson (2:08.04).
Collett finished first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:55.98. Junior Stephanie Pearce and Marquiss finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 200 freestyle. Pearce swam a time of 1:59.00 and Marquiss swam a time of 1:59.46.
Marquiss was a winner in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.03. She was also a member of the 400 freestyle relay team that finished the meet, earning a first-place finish. Marquiss, Donovan, sophomore Natalie Rohr and Krueger finished with a time of 3:33.45.
Zilch was a first-place finisher in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:09.26.
Mongenas was the top swimmer in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:25.82. Dudzinski won an individual event in her second straight meet finishing with a time of 59.49 in the 100 backstroke. Craft won both the one-meter (186.83 points) and three-meter (287.55 points) diving events.
“A lot of girls were swimming off events preparing us for the MAC Championships,” said Davis, “It’s good for them to have this experience.”
The RedHawks next swim on Saturday, Jan. 25, when they travel to Buffalo, N.Y. to face the Bulls at 1 p.m. in a Mid-American Conference meet.