OXFORD, Ohio—Freshman Grant Stafford’s first-place finish in the 200 butterfly finals and other strong performances from his teammates have the RedHawks in second-place after the second day of the Miami Invitational at the Nixon Aquatic Center.

Miami (861 points) trails Denison (1431.5 points) heading into Saturday’s sessions. Wright State (742 points), Emory (723.5 points), Cincinnati (577 points) and Urbana (144 points) make up the rest of the field.

Stafford led the way for the RedHawks with an impressive first-place finish in the 200 butterfly, winning with a time of 1:48.47. Senior Michael Cavanaugh finished sixth with a time of 1:52.12, earning 26 points for the RedHawks. Sophomore Davis Staley (1:54.07) and senior Sean Minderlein (1:55.55) also swam well, earning twelfth and sixteenth finishes respectively.

Stafford also was a member of the fourth-place finishing 400 medley relay team (3:20.14) of sophomore Heshan Unamboowe, sophomore Evan Bader and senior Dan Nemeth.

In addition to his contribution in the 400 medley relay, Bader also turned in a second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke. He swam a time of 55.57, but was beat out by Denison's Damon Rosenburg who set a new pool record with a time of 53.61, breaking the previous mark of 54.03.

Nemeth earned points for Miami in a variety of events, but his best finish was a fourth-place finish in the 50 freestyle (20.61). He was also a member of the fifth-place finishing 200 freestyle relay team including junior Joe Baumgartner, Cavanaugh and freshman Lucas Brock (1:23.55).

Staley was a fifth-place finisher in the 100 backstroke (51.30). Sophomore Sean Neri (51.49), Unamboowe (50.95), sophomore Jake Prodoehl (51.43), senior Sam Flessner (51.84) and senior Mike Kline (51.93) finished eighth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth, respectively.  

Another notable performance was turned in by sophomore Chris Dieter who had a fifth-place finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:40.84.

The Miami Invitational continues Saturday morning, Dec. 7, at 9 a.m. with the preliminaries. The finals will then occur Saturday night starting at 6 p.m.