OXFORD, Ohio -- The team titles for the 19th Annual Miami Invitational belong to Miami's women and to Emory's men.

Coach Dave Jennings' RedHawk women cruised to the championship, nearly doubling runner-up Emory, 2753.5 to 1459.5.

Coach Pete Lindsay's Miami men's squad nipped Western Kentucky, 1275 to 1272, but placed behind first-place Emory (1772.5), runner-up Denison (1687.5) and third-place Cincinnati (1508.5).

Miami's women's 200 medley relay team just missed a meet record with their time of 1:41.67. The quartet of Leah Thornton, Stacie Clagg, Bekka Westrick and Maddie Kete finished a second ahead of Western Kentucky. Miami's "B" squad, formed by Katie Bootsma, Nicole Wagner, Maegan O'Connor and Cynthia Donovan, placed third.

In the 200 backstroke final, Thornton, Bootsma and Brianna Fujan respectively finished fourth, fifth and seventh.

Sophomore Courtney Collett won the 500 freestyle finals with a clocking of 4:53.36. Teammates Molly Tyler, Aubrey Kluth, C.C. Fujan and Stephanie Pearce placed fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth, respectively.

Westrick continued her record-setting weekend, setting a meet and pool record in Saturday morning's 100 butterfly prelims, then placed first in the finals in 53.23. Senior O'Connor was second, while freshman Gabbie Veri finished eighth and senior Mandi Grandjean placed ninth in the "A" finals.

The finals of the 200 breaststroke saw a 3-4-5 finish by Clagg, Stacia Schachter and Gabbie Pettinichi.

Westrick streaked to victory in the 100 freestyle, touching the wall in 49.93. Kete placed fourth, Donovan was sixth, Annie Marquiss was eighth and Ellen Barhorst was ninth.

The women's 200 IM saw Kluth and Thornton wound up third and fourth, respectively.

In the one-meter diving event, Miami's Nikki Craft placed fourth.

The final women's event of Saturday night was the 400 freestyle relay. Kete, Donovan, Barhorst and Westrick missed the meet record by just more than a second, finishing first in a time of 3:21.97. Miami's "B" relay squad of Marquiss, Sara Krueger, O'Connor and Tyler placed fourth.

The men began the evening in fine fashion with fourth- and seventh-place efforts in the 200 medley relay. Davis Staley, Anderson Whipp, Michael Cavanaugh and Joe Baumgartner comprised the "A" team (1:33.10) while Ian Joyce, Jonathan Profitt, Chris Breger and Sam Reeder made up the "B" squad (1:34.33).

Miami's highest placers in the 200 backstroke were Staley (11th), Sean Neri (12th), Mike Kline (13th) and Sam Flessner (17th).

Senior Alex Reinhardt finished fourth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:35.57. Chris Dieter placed 12th and Andy Kilkenny finished 16th.

Miami didn't have any entries in the "A" final of the 100 butterfly, but Cavanaugh placed 13th in the "B" final.

Will Olson and Profitt placed 16th and 17th in the "B" final of the 200 breaststroke.

The RedHawks' highest placer in the "A" finals of the 100 freestyle was Baumgartner. The sophomore speedster had a time of 45.66. Miami's Dieter finished 14th.

MU's only top-16 finisher in the 200 individual medley was Kilkenny who wound up 11th.

In the three-meter diving final, seniors Mike Grainger and Chris Hoppler placed fourth and eighth, respectively. Miami freshmen Michael Nash and Cole Fryman finished 13th and 14th.

The RedHawk quartet of Baumgartner, Dieter, Cavanaugh and Whipp finished sixth in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:05.91.

The final team standings:

Men

  • 1. Emory ... 1772.5
  • 2. Denison ... 1687.5
  • 3. Cincinnati ... 1508.5
  • 4. Miami ... 1275
  • 5. Western Kentucky ... 1272
  • 6. Wright State ... 903.5
  • 7. Urbana Univ. ... 327
  • 8. Kentucky ... 143
  • 9. West Virginia ... 89

Women

  • 1. Miami ... 2753.5
  • 2. Emory ... 1459.5
  • 3. Cincinnati ... 1416.5
  • 4. Western Kentucky ... 1267
  • 5. Denison ... 1081.5
  • 6. Wright State ... 508
  • 7. Marshall ... 439
  • 8. Urbana Univ. 114
  • 9. West Virginia ... 90
  • 10. Kentucky ... 86

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