Feb. 5, 2011
OXFORD, Ohio -Ohio swimmers and divers won eight of the last 10 events to spoil Miami's Senior Day at the Nixon Aquatic Center, winning by a score of 163-135. It was Miami's first dual meet loss since October when Purdue defeated the RedHawks.
Coach Dave Jennings' squad finished the dual meet portion of its season with a record of 9-2, including a 4-1 mark in Mid-American Conference competition.
The RedHawks got individual victories from Kelsey Vehr (Cincinnati) in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, Maegan O'Connor (Fishers, IN) in the 200 butterfly and Megan Brunn (Mansfield) in the 200 individual medley.
Miami began the meet by sweeping all 15 points in the 200 medley relay. The "A" team of Nicole Roddenbery (Peachtree City, GA) and Bekka Westrick (Fairfield) streaked to a time of 1:43.93, less than three seconds ahead of Miami's "B" team.
Ohio swimmers won events two, three and four. OU's Laurin Williams placed three-and-a-half seconds ahead of Miranda Kaltenborn (Memphis, TN) in the 1000 freestyle. Stacy Huber of Ohio defeated Westrick in the 200 freestyle. OU's Rachel Heim placed just 19-one-hundredths of a second ahead of Thornton in the 100 backstroke. That put Ohio ahead in team scoring after four events, 41-31.
In event five, the 100 breaststroke, Vehr and Brunn (Mansfield) finished one-two in the 100 breaststroke, swimming respective times of 1:03.25 and 1:03.91, cutting OU's lead to a single point, 46-45.
Miami swimmers took 15 of the 19 team points in event six, the 200 butterfly, as O'Connor (Fishers, IN) swam just behind her best time of the season (2:02.38). That put Miami in front 61-49.
The 50-yard freestyle belonged to Ohio's Lauren Funk who finished an eyelash ahead of Maddie Kete (Bay Village), 23.57 to 23.60. That narrowed Miami's lead to five points, 67-62.
Ohio finished one-three-four in one-meter diving and regained the team lead, 76-72, with Miami freshman Nicole Craft (Bay Village) placing second.
Ohio gained another point advantage in event nine, the 100-yard freestyle, despite a great second-place effort by Kete who touched the wall in 52.30.
A one-two-three sweep by Ohio swimmers in the 200 backstroke expanded the Bobcat lead to 15 points, 91-76, after 10 events.
Seniors Vehr and Brunn had excellent times in the 200 breaststroke--2:17.51 and 2:17.99, respectively--to cut Miami's deficit to 13 points after event 11.
Kaltenborn placed third in the 500 freestyle.
The final swimming event, the 200 individual medley, was dominated by the RedHawks. Brunn took first, Vehr was the runner-up and Molly Tyler (Birmingham, MI) placed fourth.
Ohio defeated Miami in the 400 freestyle relay in the 16th and final event.
Miami has 18 days of racing practice before it competes in the MAC Championships in Athens, Feb. 23-26.