OXFORD, Ohio - After sweeping gold at its competition over the weekend, both the junior and collegiate synchronized skating teams are the Miami Female Athletes of the Week connected by Frontier Communications while freshman defenseman Matthew Caito helped the hockey team to a sweep of its own, earning him Miami Male Athlete of the Week connected by Frontier Communications for the week of Jan. 21-27.
Caito (Coto de Caza, Calif.) played a big role in Miami's sweep of Bowling Green over the weekend. He handed out three assists in the two games while posting a +2 rating. Caito played on Miami's top penalty kill unit as the RedHawks went 7-for-7 on the PK against the Falcons, while he also blocked six shots. He was on the ice for four of Miami's five goals on the weekend. In Friday's 2-1 win, he assisted on both Miami goals, both on the power play, including the game-winner. It was his first career multi-assist contest and third career multi-point game. Caito was named the game's No. 3 star on Friday. In Saturday's 3-1 win, he assisted on Miami's first goal of the game, which put the RedHawks up 1-0 early in the first period. Caito is now riding a career-long three-game point streak and has six points in his last five games.
The Miami Male Athlete of the Week honor is the first of Caito's career while he was also named CCHA Gladiator® Defenseman of the Week on Monday, his second time capturing that award.
Winning by an 11.74 margin, Miami's collegiate team captured its 10th-straight first-place finish at the Midwestern Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Saturday, dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season. It also was the third time in as many competitions the RedHawk collegiate team has won by a double-figure margin. Although the RedHawks took a one-year hiatus from the Midwestern Championships last year and also in 2008-09, Miami's collegiate team has now won this competition the last six times it has competed at the event.
Bolstered by two clean skates, Miami's junior synchronized skating team won the Midwestern Championships Friday and Saturday with a combined score of 122.52. Competing in the Midwestern Championships for the fourth time in Miami junior program history, the RedHawks seized their second first-place finish at the event and the first since 2007-08. It is just the second first-place finish by a junior team at any event in program history. For their Hollywood-themed free skate, the RedHawks earned a score of 82.18, which was their best free skate score of the season.
The collegiate synchronized skating team was also named Miami Female Athletes of the Week twice last year but this is the first time the squad has garnered the honor this year. The junior team claimed Miami Female Athletes of the Week for the first time this week.
Caito and the No. 3/4 RedHawks are back on the ice this weekend, hosting No. 20 Alaska on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2 at Steve Cady Arena with puck drop Friday at 7:35 p.m. and Saturday's game at 7:05 p.m., which is also Skate with the 'Hawks Night. The collegiate synchronized skating team will perform during an intermission at Friday's hockey game while the junior team will perform during an intermission at Saturday's hockey game. Both teams' next competition is the U.S. National Championships Feb. 28-March 2 in Plymouth, Mich. while all three teams (senior team) will host a Nationals Send-Off Exhibition at Steve Cady Arena in Oxford at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.
The next Miami Athletes of the Week connected by Frontier Communications will be announced Tuesday, Feb. 5. For a list of previous winners, click here.
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