By Melissa Maykut
OXFORD, Ohio - Miami University's women's swimming team hopes to keep its winning streak alive this Friday when the RedHawks take on Bowling Green at the Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center at 4 p.m. The men's team looks to rebound from a loss last week to Purdue, taking on Cleveland State at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Last season, Coach Dave Jennings' RedHawks swam at Bowling Green Falcons, coming away with a 178-111 victory. Senior Bekka Westrick cruised through the freestyle sprint events, winning the 50 free (23.68) and the 100 free (52.33). Senior Leah Thornton dominated the backstroke events, winning the 100 back (58.15) and the 200 back (2:06.37). Senior Jenny Warmolts finished first in the 1650 free, while senior Maegan O'Connor won the 100 butterfly.
Last week, Miami's women overwhelmed Evansville, winning the meet 148-55. Westrick swam a solid meet, winning the 100 fly (55.89) and the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:06.38. Sophomore Courtney Collett swam a powerful 1000 free, winning the race in 10:23.88. Junior Cynthia Donavon won the 50 free (23.96) and seniors Molly Tyler and Maddie Kete won the 200 free and 100 free, respectively.
The men's team hopes to redeem itself from last weekend's defeat at the hands of Purdue, but it won't be easy against 4-1 Cleveland State. When Miami travelled to CSU last season, the RedHawks swam impressively, but lost to the Vikings, 179-120.
A year ago, junior Michael Cavanaugh earned a second-place finish against CSU in the 200 fly (1:55.35), while senior Ian Joyce also swam to a second-place finish in the 200 free (1:44.80). Junior Jonathan Profitt added to Miami's list of runner-up finishes when he hit the wall just after a CSU swimmer in the 100 breast (59.90).
Head coach Pete Lindsay said he is excited about the upcoming meet against CSU.
"Cleveland State has a very talented team with the potential to win every event," said Lindsay. "We must use our depth to our best advantage and take a few events from them."
Last weekend against Purdue, second-place finishes seemed to be the theme of the day for the RedHawks when freshmen Evan Bader and Sean Neri, sophomore Joe Baumgartner, and senior Alex Reinhardt found themselves runners-up behind Boilermaker swimmers. Bader had strong races in both the 100 breast (58.74) and the 200 breast (2:08.77). Neri had a season-high time in the 200 back (1:55.25), and Baumgartner finished the 100 free in 46.12. Reinhardt was just two seconds behind Purdue's Nate Hopkins, finishing the 1000 free in 9:44.71.
Both Miami's women's and men's teams enter this weekend's meets with 2-1 records.