OXFORD, Ohio— A dominating team effort in the 1650 freestyle has the Miami women’s swimming and diving team in first place following Thursday night’s session of the Miami Invitational at Nixon Aquatic Center.

Miami is currently leading with a team score of 278. Illinois is second with 195 points, Denison is third, Cincinnati is fourth and Wright State, Emory and Ball State round out the team rankings.

Junior Stephanie Pearce turned in a time of 16:35.64 and placed first in the 1650 freestyle, earning the RedHawks 36 points. Pearce was only five seconds slower than the Miami record of 16:30.70.

Junior Courtney Collett finished the 1650 freestyle in third with a time of 16:50.63. Sophomore Aubrey Kluth (17:00.17), freshman Julia Campbell (17:02.77), sophomore Kelly Rogers (17:04.08) and sophomore Shannon Ahearn (17:04.50) were seventh through tenth earning Miami 93 points combined. Junior Emma Craig also finished twentieth (17:46.59) earning the RedHawks another eight points.

The relay team of Julia Campbell, freshman Elise Campbell, sophomore Sara Krueger and senior Brianna Fujan placed third in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 7:26.38. Junior Whitney Mitchell, sophomore Natalie Rohr, sophomore Betsy Zilch and Pearce earned 54 points by finishing fifth (7:29.75).

The Miami Invitational resumes Friday morning, Dec. 6, at 9 a.m. with the 200 butterfly preliminaries. The evening session kicks off later that day at 6 p.m. at the Nixon Aquatic Center.