Feb. 22, 2011
OXFORD, Ohio – A talented Miami University women’s swimming and diving squad travels to Ohio University’s campus on Wednesday to begin competition at the 31st annual Mid-American Conference Championships.
Coach Dave Jennings is no stranger to winning MAC team titles, having led the RedHawks to 15 of Miami’s 16 championships, including the last one in 2009. Jennings’ teams have been the runner-up 10 times, placed third on two occasions, and placed fourth twice.
“I feel really good about our girls right now,” said Jennings. “They’ve done a nice job of racing, particularly during the second half of the year. When you get to a championship-level meet, it’s all about racing. With Ohio being the host team, they will swim very well in their pool, so expect them to compete for the team title. Toledo, as the defending MAC champion, will certainly bring their best game. The way the meet is structured, we’re probably going to fall behind during the first two days, then hopefully we’ll begin to reel in the leaders on days three and four. Right now, we’re fine tuning our starts and turns and our relay exchanges, so I feel very confident about this weekend.”
Much of the RedHawks’ success centers around seniors Kelsey Vehr (Cincinnati) and Megan Brunn (Mansfield).
“Kelsey has had a great year,” said Jennings. “She’s a tremendous competitor. She doesn’t like to lose. Megan also has had a great year. She’s upped her game significantly. Training at the national level last summer has really helped her. Megan is capable of being really good this weekend.”
Based on the best times posted by MAC athletes, Miami should compete for championships in all five relay events. The RedHawks have the best clockings this year in the 200 and 400 medley relays and the 800 freestyle relay, and are second-best in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
Individually, among sprint freestylers Miranda Kaltenborn (Memphis, TN) lead the distance freestylers.
Miami is very strong in the butterfly events. Top entries include Westrick, Thornton, MAEGAN O’CONNOR (Fishers, IN), Roddenbery, Brittney Rohr (Dayton), Kelsey Mallon (Wheaton, IL) and Laura Krueger (Cincinnati).
Vehr, Brunn, Arlinghaus, Clagg and Kaltenborn are Miami’s top bets in the individual medley events.
Action at the OU Aquatic Center begins at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23, with the finals in the 200 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay. On Thursday, February 24, and Friday, February 25, swimming preliminaries begin at 11:00 a.m., with finals commencing at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday, February 26, preliminaries are at 11:00 a.m., and finals are at 7:00 p.m.
All-session and daily passes are now on sale through the Ohio Athletic Ticket Office. Daily admission is $7 for adults and $5 for youth (18 and under), while all-session passes are $20 for adults and $15 for youth. Groups of 10 or more may attend for $3 per day, while admission for college students of participating institutions is FREE with a valid student ID.
There will be a charge for parking during sessions 1, 2, and 4. Session 1 is due to a men's basketball game that evening. Session 2 and 4 is due to the fact that it is during the day. The cost is $5 during those times and fans will be asked to park in lots 132 and 133 which are next to Peden Stadium.