Feb. 4, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio - In its final dual meet before the Mid-American Conference Championships, Miami's women's swimming and diving team defeated arch-rival Ohio, 160-140, at the Nixon Aquatic Center.
It was the RedHawks' sixth consecutive victory in dual meets, improving its record to 8-2 overall and 5-1 against MAC teams.
Diver Maegan O'Connor (Fisher, IN) all won two individual events each. Westrick also was a member of both the victorious 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay units.
It was Senior Day for the women as the RedHawks saluted five upperclass members, including Chelsey Bruington (Mission Viejo, CA), Kelsey Mallon (Wheaton, IL), Sarah Radke (Cincinnati), Brittney Rohr (Dayton) and Lauren Wallace (Columbus).
The meet began just as Coach Dave Jennings had hoped it would. Miami's foursome of Leah Thornton (Helena, AL), Stacie Clagg (Canton), Westrick and Maddie Kete (Bay Village) sprinted to victory in the 200 medley relay, touching the wall in a time of 1:42.49. The RedHawks' `B' team placed third, vaulting Miami to a 13-4 lead in the team scoring.
In the 1000 freestyle, Jenny Warmolts (Upper Arlington) was Miami's top finisher in third place.
Ohio took a 30-25 team lead after the 200 freestyle, placing individuals first, third and fifth. The RedHawks' Bruington placed second.
Thornton won event four, the 100 backstroke, in a time of 55.96 to level the team score at 37 points apiece.
Despite respective second- and third-place finishes by Miami's Clagg and KAYLA SCOTT (St. Charles, IL) in the 100 breaststroke, Ohio snuck back into the team lead after five events, 48-45.
Maegan O'Connor (Fisher, IN) victory in the 200 butterfly came in a time of 2:03.56. Mallon finished third for the RedHawks.
Event seven, the 50 freestyle, saw Westrick and Kete place first and second in respective times of 23.48 and 23.54. That gave Miami a 70-61 lead in team scoring.
The 100 freestyle was won by Westrick in a time of 51.49, widening Miami's team scoring lead to 14 points after nine events.
Ohio narrowed the gap to just five points following an individual victory in the 200 backstroke. Miami's Thornton took second place.
Clagg recorded a victory in the 200 backstroke, touching the wall in a time of 2:20.49, two seconds faster than Ohio's Petra Chomicz.
Warmolts took second in the 500 free (5:04.55), but Miami's team lead melted to just a one-point lead after the 12th event, 104-103.
O'Connor won her second event of the afternoon in the 100 butterfly, clocking in at 55.77.
Nikki Craft was victorious again in the one-meter diving, edging Houser. Their 13 combined team points proved to be valuable in the team race.
Ohio's Rachel Stearns won the 200 individual medley by less than a second over Miami's Thornton, 2:05.81 to 2:06.60, narrowing Miami's team scoring lead to 15 points after all but one event.
Finally, in the 400 freestyle relay, Miami's foursome of Westrick, Kete, Ellen Barhorst (West Chester) and Bruington clinched the RedHawk victory with a winning time of 3:26.52.
Jennings was pleased with the RedHawks' effort.
"Our women did a great job of racing today," said Jennings. "They showed a lot of heart. While it's always good to beat Ohio, we all realize that our most important meet in in three weeks at the MACs. If we can take this same kind of attitude to Akron, we've got a great chance to compete for the championship."
The MAC Championships will be held Feb. 23-26.