By Melissa Maykut
OXFORD, Ohio - Despite impressive victories from freshmen Evan Bader and Chris Dieter, the Miami University men's swimming team fell to the Buffalo Bulls, 175-124, Sunday afternoon at the Corwin M. Nixon aquatic center.
Miami's dual meet record evened out at 3-3-1 overall and 1-1 against Mid-American Conference competition.
Head coach Pete Lindsay said he is pleased with his team's racing, pointing out that his swimmers had 24 seasonal-best times against the Bulls.
"We had some good eyeball-to-eyeball racing," Lindsay said. "They were showing some good aggressiveness, particularly in comparison to our meet last year at Buffalo where we didn't really race very well."
The men's team started off with a similar slip up as the women's team in the 200-yard medley relay when Miami's top relay team was disqualified for an early take-off, forfeiting a second-place finish to Buffalo. Miami was able to salvage some points when sophomores Michael Heavilon, Sam Reeder, freshman Sean Neri, and senior Anderson Whipp finished third in 1:35.46
Miami earned a few more points from the 1650 freestyle when junior Sean Minderloin paced his way to a third-place finish in 16:29.16. Junior Michael Cavanaugh then battled through the 200 butterfly to finish third in 1:54.95.
As head coach Pete Lindsay had expected, the freshmen and sophomore class men were able to keep up with Buffalo, competing to several first- and second-place finishes to keep the meet close.
"They weren't showing much fear," Lindsay said. "It's their first exposure to a conference school this year, and they competed well. I wasn't displeased."
Sophomore Joe Baumgartner sprinted his way to runner-up in the 50 free (21.11), but decided not to settle with second in the 100 free. Flying through the water like a speeding bullet, Baumgartner earned nine points for winning the event in 46.05.
Bader also held his ground against the Bulls in the 200 breaststroke event, winning the race and nine points for Miami in 2:07.46.
Dieter then blew away the competition in not just one, but two events of the afternoon. Going neck and neck with Buffalo's Matt Hogan in the last leg of the 200 free race, Dieter was able to reach out and touch the wall first to win the event in 1:41.31. Dieter then came back and dominated the 500 free, winning another nine points for Miami with his 4:39.28 victory time.
Two RedHawks went one and two in the 200 backstroke, with freshman Davis Staley finishing second in 1:55.28. Staley hit the wall just a second after his teammate Ian Joyce, who won the event in 1:54.97.
Miami's senior divers had no trouble showing Buffalo who the better divers of the meet were, winning both the one- and three-meter diving events. Senior Michael Grainger won the one-meter boards with 334.20 points, while senior Chris Hoppler won the one-meter boards with a final score of 341.92.
In the final individual race of the afternoon, sophomore Andy Kilkenney earned four points for Miami with his runner-up finish in 1:56.10.
The RedHawks then finished strong in the 200-yard free relay, when Baumgartner, Cavanaugh, Reeder, and freshman Jake Prodoehl took second in 1:25.24.
The RedHawks will meet the Bulls again in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championships March 7-9.
Miami will try its luck in Ypsilanti, Mich. on Feb. 2 when it takes on Eastern Michigan in its second road meet of 2013.