OXFORD, Ohio—Miami’s men’s swimming and diving fell to Mid-American Conference opponent Eastern Michigan, 125-175, at the Nixon Aquatic Center, dropping their dual meet record to 4-3 and their MAC dual meet record to 1-2 on the season.
Miami’s six senior swimmers, Michael Cavanaugh, Sam Flessner, Dan Nemeth, Mike Kline, Will Olson and Sean Minderlein swam their last home meet at the Nixon Aquatic Center in what was their Senior Recognition Day. Despite, the loss, the seniors went out with a couple wins against the Eagles as Cavanaugh, Nemeth and Minderlein took individual wins.
Eastern Michigan entered the meet with a 6-1 dual meet record after entering the season as the team to beat in the MAC, but through the first seven events, it was the RedHawks who led, 67-64, courtesy of Miami’s 200 medley relay teams, Minderlein, Cavanaugh and Nemeth.
Miami began the meet with a first and second-place finish in the 200 medley relay. The first-place finishing team, comprised of sophomore Heshan Unamboowe, sophomore Evan Bader, freshman Grant Stafford and junior Joe Baumgartner, finished with a time of 1:32.52. The team of sophomore Sean Neri, freshman Steven Russo, Cavanaugh and Nemeth took second (1:33.77).
Minderlein followed up the RedHawks strong start with a great first-place finish in the 1000 freestyle, finishing with a time of 9:37.13.
Sophomore Christopher Dieter and Stafford took third and fourth in the 200 freestyle with times of 1:41.70 and 1:42.33, respectively. Sophomore Davis Staley (51.62) and Flessner (51.85) took second and fourth in the 200 backstroke before Bader took second in the 100 breaststroke. Bader’s time of 56.83 was only nine-tenths of a second behind the Eagles first-place finisher.
Cavanaugh then took the 200 butterfly with a 1:52.17 time and Nemeth and Baumgartner took one and two in the 50 freestyle with times of 20.63 and 20.71, respectively, giving Miami the lead. The Eagles were just a little too much down the stretch.
Baumgartner earned the RedHawks another first-place finish with his 45.16 finish in the 100 freestyle.
Stafford also took first-place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 50.21, which was Miami’s last first-place finish of the meet.
Bader added another second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:04.95), while Cavanaugh and junior Andrew Kilkenny took two and three in the 200 IM with times of 1:53.79 and 1:54.19.
Miami concluded the meet with a strong second-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay by the team of Baumgartner, Dieter, Nemeth and sophomore Jacob Prodoehl (3:04.21).
Miami competes in their final dual meet of the season on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. when they travel to Muncie, Ind. to compete against Ball State University.