Feb. 23, 2012


AKRON, Ohio -- Bekka Westrick placed third in the 50 free style and Nikki Craft finished third in one-meter diving competition, but Miami's women's swimming and diving team sets in fourth place in the team standings after the first day of the 2012 Mid-American Conference Championships.

Ohio is in first place with 239 points, 77 points in front of second-place Buffalo (162). Toledo is third with 159 points, Miami is fourth with 144.5, Eastern Michigan is fifth with 134, host Akron is sixth with 95 points, Bowling Green is seventh with 82.5, and Ball State is eighth with 76 points.

In the first final Thursday evening, the quartet of Westrick, Maegan O'Connor placed third in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:31.13. Buffalo (1:30.45, pool record) and Ohio (1:30.78) finished ahead of the RedHawks.

Freshman Courtney Collett was the only RedHawk in the finals or consolation finals of the 500 freestyle. She placed 16th, touching the wall in 4:59.14.

In the 200 individual medley, Leah Thornton placed seventh with a time of 2:03.81. No other RedHawks finished among the top 16.

In the 50 freestyle, Westrick and Kete provided Miami's highlight of the evening, placing third and fourth with respective clockings of 22.83 and 22.94.15. Donovan finished in a tie for 14th place in the event.

The one-meter diving finals saw Nikki Craft and Lacey Houser placed third and fourth. Craft's score of 298.80 earned her a third-place finish and 16 team points. Houser tallied 15 team points with her fourth-place score of 294.80. Miami's Lisa Werwinski placed 16th (231.90).

In Thursday night's last event, the 400 medley relay, Miami placed second behind Toledo, 3:36.66 to 3:40.01. Thornton, Stacie Clagg, O'Connor and Westrick combined their efforts to score 34 points for the RedHawks.


Trials at 11 a.m. - 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, three-meter diving (1 p.m.)

Finals at 7 p.m. - 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, three-meter diving consolation final, 800 free relay