By Melissa Maykut
OXFORD, Ohio - Last Friday Miami University's men's swimming team started the new year off right with a hard-fought road victory at Cincinnati. Now the RedHawks will look to add a home victory to 2013 Sunday (Jan. 20) when they face off in a dual meet against the Buffalo Bulls at the Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center.
The meet will begin at 2 p.m. and there is no admission charge.
The team's seniors had their fair share of victories at UC, including senior diver Mike Grainger who swept the one- and three-meter diving events.
After the training head coach Pete Lindsay's team did at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. from Dec. 27 through Jan. 8, senior Alex Reinhardt was more than ready to get back to competition. Reinhardt just couldn't be caught by the Bearcats, winning the 500 freestyle event, then the 1000 free in a personal-best time of 9:36.14. His time in the 1000 free is tops is faster than any other swimmer in the Mid-American Conference.
"Alex is from Colorado," Lindsay said. "So he has this mental set that if, I'm coming down from altitude, I'm going to do really well."
Senior Anderson Whipp also earned himself a first-place finish, winning the 100 breaststroke, while junior Michael Cavanaugh beat out UC's swimmer in the 100 butterfly.
The upperclassmen weren't the only contributors to Miami's solid victory, though. A handful of sophomores and freshmen swam outstanding performances, advancing Miami's lead so much so that the Bearcats could never close the gap.
Sophomore Joe Baumgartner sprinted his way to victory in the 50 and 100 free races, while teammate Andy Kilkenny won the 200 free and 200 IM events. Lindsay says the work Kilkenny has been putting in throughout the season is finally paying off.
"He's coming around," Lindsay said. "Andy's got an interesting kick that sometimes slows him up and we've been working on changing his breathing and working on kicking better. Boy, it started to show this last week."
Freshmen Evan Bader and Davis Staley added victories of their own with Bader winning the 200 breast event and Staley finishing first in the 200 fly.
With the first away meet of the season behind them, the RedHawks are ready to battle for a home win against the Bulls Sunday in a dual meet with the women's swimming team.
The Buffalo Bulls won their meet against Niagara last weekend, 147-80. Before coming to Oxford on Sunday to face off with the RedHawks, the Bulls will travel to Bowling Green and compete alongside the women's team against the Falcons and Michigan State Saturday
When Lindsay and his team went to Buffalo last season, the RedHawks suffered a 165-127 defeat. With a new season and new year, Lindsay says his team should be able to match up to Buffalo's this weekend.
"They're a strong team...they have good depth across the board," Lindsay said. "Our best kids can probably mix it up with their best kids. Our objectives are to have those freshmen and sophomores step up and say, 'okay, we can hold our own with these guys.'"