Feb. 25, 2011
ATHENS, Ohio--Varsity-record swims by senior Kelsey Vehr (Cincinnati) and sophomore Leah Thornton (Helena, AL) resulted in three Mid-American Conference individual championships Friday night at Ohio University's Aquatic Center.
Vehr notched her seventh and eighth all-time MAC titles by winning the 400 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke, while Thornton got her first, a championship in the 100 backstroke.
Miami's big night narrowed the margin between it and first-place Ohio and second-place Toledo.
Vehr's effort in the 400 IM was extraordinary, as her time of 4:14.61 set Miami, MAC, MAC meet and pool records. Teammates Miranda Kaltenborn (Memphis, TN) and Stacie Clagg (Canton) placed 11th and 12th, respectively.
In the 100 breaststroke, Miami picked up 51 much-needed points from Vehr's first-place finish, Megan Brunn's (Mansfield) third-place effort and Katie Arlinghaus's (Oxford) sixth-place performance. Vehr swam the race in 1:00.33, a Miami record. Brunn's time of 1:00.97 was her personal best, while Arlinghaus's 1:03.40 nearly set her individual best. Clagg placed 15th in the 100 breast.
In the 100 backstroke, Thornton streaked to a time of 54.42, Miami's all-time best. It also set meet, MAC and pool records.
In the 100 butterfly, Maegan O'Connor (Fishers, IN) who placed 12th, and Kelsey Mallon (Wheaton, IL) who finished 13th.
In the final event of the evening, the quartet of Thornton, Vehr, Westrick and Kete placed third in the 400 medley relay with a season-best time of 3:41.88. That's Miami's third-best time ever registered in the event.
1. Ohio (443.5)
2. Toledo (406.5)
3. Miami (358)
4. Eastern Michigan (261)
5. Akron (222.5)
6. Buffalo (219.5)
7. Bowling Green (205.5)
8. Ball State (178.5)
The MAC Championships conclude Saturday with seven finals.