Feb. 4, 2011

OXFORD, Ohio--Eight Miami women's swimmers and five men make their final competitive appearances at the Corwin Nixon Aquatic Center Saturday (Feb. 5) in separate Mid-American Conference meets. Coach Dave Jennings' women swim against arch-rival Ohio at 1 p.m., while Pete Lindsay's men entertain Ball State at 3 p.m.

Last Saturday, Miami's women topped defending MAC champion Toledo, 163.5 top 136.5 in Oxford. The women, perfect in MAC dual meets at 4-0 and winners of nine of their 10 meets overall, feature an octet of seniors who have been instrumental in their success. Among the individuals swimming for the last time at home: Megan Brunn (Mansfield), Sarah Bullock (Louisville, KY), Margaret Eppright (Shaker Heights), Miranda Kaltenborn (Memphis, TN), Taylor Koplow (Carmel, IN), Katherine Reinmann (Alpharetta, GA), Nicole Roddenbery (Peachtree City, GA) and All-American Kelsey Vehr (Cincinnati).

The Ohio Bobcats, a traditional power in the MAC, are led by the versatile Rachel Heim. She's got top two times in the 100 freestyle and the backstroke and butterfly events. Other Bobcats to watch are the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams, sprint freestyler Annie Donovan, distance freestyler Briana Emig and backstroker Anastasia Bocharnikova.

Miami's men's team, 3-5-1 in dual meets, match up with the Ball State Cardinals (1-4 dual meets).

Last weekend Miami faced the defending Mid-American Conference Champion Eastern Michigan Eagles and fell 180-116 in Ypsilanti. Miami was defeated in 14 out of 16 races, only placing first in the one- and three-meter diving events which were won by junior JIM BERES (Columbus) with scores of 347.33 and 350.03, respectively. Senior Jason Hass (Jackson, MI) and junior Chris Gunnels (Chapel Hills, NC) each recorded two second-place finishes, Hass in the 100 butterfly (51.60) and the 200 butterfly (1:53.65) and Gunnels in the 100 freestyle (46.60) and the 200 freestyle (1:42.19).

This will also be the last home meet for seniors Hass, John Eick (Auburn, AL), Mark Healey (Jenison, MI), Tom Janszen (Cincinnati), Darin Smith (Bossier City, LA). The seniors have compiled an 11-7-3 dual meet record at home. The RedHawks have won seven straight meetings with the Cardinals, and win number eight would certainly mean a lot to these six swimmers when they enter the pool one last time at home.

Ball State has struggled this season, with its lone win coming in a home meet against conference foe Evansville way back on October 8. Its 400 medley relay team of junior Casey Schroeder, junior Chris Krupa, junior Gavin McNeeley, and freshman Tucker Hale holds the best time in the MAC so far this season at 3:12.81.

After Saturday's meets, both the RedHawk women's and men's teams will begin to target their conference meets. This year, the women swim at Ohio University (Feb. 23-26). The men compete at Southern Illinois (Mar. 4-6)