CLEVELAND, Ohio--In their first road contest of the 2013-14 season, the Miami men’s swimming and diving team defeated Cleveland State 174.5-123.5 in the Robert F. Busbey Natatorium in Cleveland, Ohio.
Sophomore Evan Bader led the RedHawks earning 31 points, winning two individual events, placing in another and contributing to a relay win. Other tremendous performances were turned in by freshman Grant Stafford, sophomore Chris Dieter, and senior Michael Cavanaugh as Miami won 11 of 16 events.
Miami’s 200 medley relay team of Bader, Stafford, sophomore Sean Neri and senior Dan Nemeth kicked off the meet with a win, just edging out Cleveland State’s second-place team by four tenths of a second.
Bader would go on to win the 100 and 200 breaststroke in close races. He swam a time of 57.35 in the 100 breaststroke, beating out the Viking’s swimmer by twelve hundredths of a second. Bader’s time in the 200 breaststroke was four hundredths of a second faster than the next swimmer.
Bader also earned two points, finishing fourth (1:57.46) in the 200 IM behind Cavanaugh (1:55.06) and senior Andrew Kilkenny (1:57.22), who placed first and second respectively.
Stafford won two individual events in addition to being a member of the 200 medley relay team. He swept the 100 and 200 butterfly with times of 50.19 and 1:51.75. Cavanaugh finished second in both events with times of 50.66 and 1:52.52.
Dieter was a winner in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:42.47 and in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:43.81. Kilkenny finished second in the 200 freestyle (1:43.34).
Other first-place finishers for the RedHawks were junior Joe Baumgartner, senior Sean Minderlein and sophomore Michael Nash. Baumgartner, who placed second in the 50 freestyle (20.82), tied for first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 45.59. Minderlein won a close race in the 1000 freestyle, just out-touching Cleveland State’s second-place finisher by six tenths of a second. Nash was a winner in the one-meter dive with a score of 292.05 points and then finished second in the three-meter dive (305.55 points).
Sophomore Heshan Unamboowe earned second place points in both the 100 backstroke (51.58) and the 200 backstroke (1:54.24).
The Miami men return home to the Nixon Aquatic Center Saturday, Nov. 9, to take on Ohio State in their next contest at 11 a.m. They look to make it three straight wins.