Feb. 23, 2011
ATHENS, Ohio -- A victory in the 200-yard medley relay and a third-place finish in the 800 freestyle relay gave the Miami women's swimming and diving team a six-point lead after the first day of the Mid-American Conference Championships in Athens, Ohio.
The RedHawks total 72 points, a half dozen more than host Ohio (66). Buffalo is third (60), Bowling Green fourth (56), Akron fifth (54), Eastern Michigan sixth (54), Ball State seventh (48) and Toledo eighth (40).
The Miami quartet of Kelsey Vehr (Cincinnati), Nicole Roddenbery (Peachtree City, GA) and Maddie Kete (Bay Village) streaked to a time of 1:39.68, just 62-one-hundredths of a second ahead of Buffalo. It was Miami's best time of the year. Backstroker Thornton led after the first leg, touching the wall at 25.16. Vehr then swam the breaststroke in 27.63, giving Miami a second-and-a-half lead over its competition. Roddenbery (butterfly) had a time of 24.21 to keep the RedHawks in the lead after the third leg. Then Kete (freestyle) brought the team home in a time of 22.68. Defending MAC team champion Toledo disqualified in the meet's opening race.
The Rockets bounced back with a vengence in the second and final event of the night, the 800 free relay, finishing nearly five seconds ahead of the pack. Miami's foursome of Megan Brunn (Mansfield) and Vehr had a time of 7:20.37, more than three seconds faster than their previous best time this season. Ohio finished second in the 800 free relay.
On Thursday morning at 11 a.m., trials will be held in the 500 freestyle, the 200 individual medley and the 50 freestyle. Thursday night, beginning at 7 p.m., finals will be held in each of those events, plus one-meter diving and the 200 freestyle relay.