MUNCIE, Ind.— Freshman Elise Campbell, sophomore Aubrey Kluth and senior Nikki Craft won two individual events apiece, propelling Miami’s women’s swimming and diving team to a victory over Ball State, 173-125, at the Lewellen Aquatic Center.
Miami won 10 of 16 events in the win against the Cardinals. It was Miami’s fourth straight win as they moved to 4-1 on the season and 3-0 in Mid-American Conference competition.
Campbell led the way for the RedHawks, earning 24 points, with two individual wins in the 100 backstroke and the 100 freestyle, a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay and a second-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay.
In the 100 backstroke, the freshman helped Miami take the top three spots with a time of 58.08. Campbell beat out junior Katie Bootsma who placed second (59.50) and senior Brianna Fujan who finished third (59.79).
Campbell swam a time of 52.94 in the 100 freestyle. She was a member of the third-place finishing medley relay team with senior Nicole Wagner, sophomore Betsy Zilch and junior Annie Marquiss that finished with a time of 1:49.07, just behind Miami’s “A” relay team of Fujan, freshman Stephanie LeMire, sophomore Stephanie Nemeth and senior Cynthia Donovan (1:47.86).
Campbell also was a member of the second-place finishing 400 freestyle relay team of Donovan, Marquiss and sophomore Sara Krueger that finished with a time of 3:32.07.
Craft continued to excel in the three-meter and one-meter dive, winning both events with scores of 312.38 and 285.23, respectively.
Kluth has now won an individual event in four straight meets after winning the 1000 freestyle (10:25.55) against the Cardinals, just edging out junior Stephanie Pearce (1:26.31) and sophomore Kelly Rogers (10:33.73). Kluth would later win the 200 IM (2:08.84), finishing nearly four seconds before the next Cardinals swimmer.
Other top finishers were sophomore Katherine Blodgett, Katie Bootsma, Donovan and Pearce. Blodgett won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:07.00 and also finished fourth in the 500 freestyle (5:07.47). Bootsma is another RedHawk who has now won an event in four straight meets, winning the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:09.56, just beating out sophomore Emma Szczupakiewicz (2:09.68) and Rogers, who finished second and third, respectively. Bootsma also finished second in the 100 backstroke (59.50), just ahead of Fujan (59.79). Donovan won the 50 freestyle (23.94) in addition to her relay contributions. Pearce won the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:04.91.
The RedHawks don’t return to action until Thursday, Dec. 5, for the Miami Invitational, which kicks off at 6 p.m. at Nixon Aquatic Center.