OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University men's swimming and diving team will begin its journey at the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championships Thursday, Mar. 7. The meet will run from Thursday through Saturday (Mar. 7-9) in Carbondale, Ill. at Southern Illinois University's Dr. Edward J. Shea Natatorium.

Head coach Pete Lindsay and his team competed against Evansville, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, and Ball State during the regular season, but will meet the remaining two MAC teams--SIU and Missouri State--this weekend at the championship meet.

EMU finished on top in 2012 while Miami placed fifth.

Lindsay's team consists of 21 swimmers and has been preparing for MACs for the past several weeks. 

"We've been doing a lot of pace work, working technical relay take-offs, getting used to the bottom of the pool, doing some simulations, and then just resting," Lindsay said. "We're trying to get them to get 10 or 11 hours of sleep a day."

Southern Illinois' Dr. Edward J. Shea Natatorium has a pool configuration that is quite different from Miami's competition pool. On one side of the pool, two lanes are only four feet deep, while the other two lanes are 14 feet deep. Lindsay predicts that Southern Illinois' pool won't be as fast, depending on which lane swimmers draw for their events.

"It's a pool where racing is more important than times, and then just keeping your headstraight, depending on the lane you draw."

In Thursday's events, Lindsay says to look out for sophomore Joe Baumgartner and freshman Jake Prodoehl in the 50 freestyle, senior Alex Reinhardt in the 500 free, and senior captain Anderson Whipp and junior Michael Cavanaugh in the 200 IM. Reinhardt won the 500 free in both 2010 and 2011.

On Friday, Lindsay says he expects to see some tough racing from his team.

"We're looking to see some strong performances out of our depth," Lindsay said. "We've got some very good depth in the 200 free, the 100 backstroke and the 100 breaststroke, so that's where our strengths are going to be focused."

In the meet's final list of events on Saturday, Lindsay calls this day "the big day," hoping to see a final day of notable racing from his swimmers.

"We've got six backstrokers who are all very well ranked and three of the freshmen are right up on top there, so it should be a good day," Lindsay said.

Diving coach KR Li's trio of Mike Grainger, Chris Hoppler and Michael Nash should garner points as well.

Lindsay's championship team includes Evan Bader, Baumgartner, Cavanaugh, Sam Crockett, Chris Dieter, Sam Flessner, Grainger, Hoppler, captain Ian Joyce, Andy Kilkenny, Mike Kline, Sean Minderlein, Nash, Sean Neri, Will Olson, Prodoehl, Jonathan Profitt, Reinhardt, Davis Staley, and Whipp.


Daily Order of Events:

Trials - Thursday, 11:00 AM
500 Yard Freestyle
200 Yard Individual Medley
50 Yard Freestyle
One Meter Diving @ 2:00 PM

Finals - Thursday, 7:00 PM
1. 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
2. 500 Yard Freestyle
3. 200 Yard IM
4. 50 Yard Freestyle
5. One Meter Diving
6. 400 Yard Medley Relay

Trials - Friday, 11:00 AM
400 Yard Individual Medley
100 Yard Butterfly
200 Yard Freestyle
100 Yard Breaststroke
100 Yard Backstroke
Three Meter Diving @ 2:00 PM

Finals - Friday, 7:00 PM
1. 200 Yard Medley Relay
2. 400 Yard Individual Medley
3. 100 Yard Butterfly
4. 200 Yard Freestyle
5. 100 Yard Breaststroke
6. Three Meter Diving

Trials, Saturday, 11:00 AM
200 Yard Backstroke
100 Yard Freestyle
200 Yard Breaststroke
200 Yard Butterfly

Finals, Saturday 7:00 PM
1. 1650 Yard Freestyle
2. 200 Yard Backstroke
3. 100 Yard Freestyle
4. 200 Yard Breaststroke
5. 200 Yard Butterfly
6. Three Meter Diving
7. 400 Yard Freestyle Relay

Relays are timed events swim in the finals.
Scoring in individual events - 20, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 9, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.