The Miami RedHawks women’s swimming and diving team began their 2013-2014 season with a loss to Purdue, 177-116, at the Nixon Aquatic Center.
Freshman Stephanie LeMire and senior Nikki Craft were the only RedHawks to win individual events, but the Miami RedHawks did finish in second-place on nine occasions. LeMire earned a first-place finish in the 100 breast with a time of 1:03.02. She placed second in the 200 breast (2:19.79), third in the 200 IM (2:09.68) and was a member of the 200 medley relay, along with senior Brianna Fujan, sophomore Emma Szczupakiewicz and senior Cynthia Donovan, that finished second with a time of 1:45.74.
Craft earned a first-place finish with a score of 282.82 in the three-meter diving event. She also placed fifth in the one-meter dive.
Szczupakiewicz was one of the seven individuals to earn second-place points for the RedHawks. She finished second in the 100 fly (57.95), just ahead of freshman Kathleen Dodson (58.68) and senior Michaela Scott (58.84). Szczupakiewicz also finished third in the 200 fly (2:07.41). Sophomore Katherine Blodgett finished just after her in fourth (2:07.49).
Donovan cruised to a second-place finish in the 50 free with a time of 23.73. Junior Annie Marquiss and freshman Elise Campbell also earned points in the 50 free with fourth and fifth place finishes and times of 24.03 and 24.06, respectively.
Sophomore Aubrey Kluth swam to a second place finish in the 200 IM (2:08.14) and was the fastest RedHawk in the 1000 free (10:24.36) where she finished third, beating out junior Stephanie Pearce and sophomore Kelly Rogers. Pearce finished fourth with a time of 10:24.97 and Rogers finished fifth at 10:43.77.
Sophomore Katie Bootsma finished second in the 200 back (2:06.86), ahead of sophomore Shannon Ahearn (2:09.59) and Fujan (2:11.01). Bootsma also finished third in the 100 back with a time of 57.94. Freshman Brittany Dudzinski placed fifth in the same event (58.62).
Campbell finished second in the 100 free (52.22), ahead of sophomore Sara Krueger (52.95), sophomore Natalie Rohr (53.25) and Marquiss (53.31). The relay team of Krueger, Campbell, Marquiss and Dodson, finished second in the 200 free relay (1:35.34) to conclude the evening.
Other point earners for the RedHawks were freshman Julia Campbell, who finished second in the 500 free (5:01.83) and fourth in the 200 free (1:54.46) as well as junior Courtney Collett, who finished third in the 500 free (5:01.89) and fifth in the 200 free (1:54.58).
Scott finished fifth in the 100 breast (1:07.53). Freshman Claire Mongenas (2:27.13), junior Gabbie Pettinichi (2:28.34) and senior Nicole Wagner (2:28.67) finished third, fourth and fifth in the 200 breast respectively. Pearce (5:08.59) and Blodgett (5:11.06) finished fourth and fifth in the 500 free, respectively. Ahearn placed fourth in the 200 IM (2:11.06). Rohr, junior Caitlin Fujan, freshman Logan Klinsky and sophomore Gabrielle Veri placed third in the 200 free relay (1:39.50).
Freshmen divers Taylor LeCount and Jenna Karrow finished three and four in the three-meter dive with scores of 261.38 and 257.78, respectively. Karrow finished sixth earning a point for the RedHawks (239.40) in the one-meter dive.
There is little down time for the RedHawks as they host Xavier in a co-ed meet Saturday, Oct 19, in the Nixon Aquatic Center at 2:00 p.m.