ATHENS, Ohio - In the final Mid-American Conference dual meet of her career, senior Bekka Westrick led Miami's women's swimming and diving team to a 176.5-123.5 victory at Ohio, completing the RedHawks' perfect 6-0 run through MAC competition in 2012-13.

Westrick was victorious in the 50 freestyle, the 100 free and the 100 butterfly, and swam the third leg of the winning 200 medley relay unit.

Seniors Leah Thornton, Stacie Clagg, Maddie Kete and Maegan O'Connor, and junior diver Nikki Craft all contributed single individual wins toward the RedHawks 10th dual meet victory in 11 tries.

The meet began with a victory in the 200 medley relay event by the foursome of Thornton, Clagg, Westrick and Kete, beating the Bobcats by less than half a second. Miami's "A" squad had a time of 1:43.53.

Freshman Aubrey Kluth and sophomore Stephanie Pearce placed two-three in the 1000 freestyle with respective times of 10:20.04 and 10:20.47.

Kete's triumph in the 200 free (1:52.45) bounced Miami's team lead up to 35-20.

Thornton swam well in each of the two backstroke races, but finished second in both the 100 and 200 races.

Ohio narrowed Miami's team lead to 51-42 despite two-three-four finishes by Nicole Wagner, Kayla Scott and Stacie Clagg.

O'Connor won event six, the 200 butterfly, in a time of 2:04.33. Teammates Laura Krueger and Mandi Grandjean placed second and third, respectively, and Miami's lead expanded to 22 points.

Miamians took events seven, eight and nine. Westrick nipped her Ohio foe by three-100ths of a second in the 50 free (23.29). Craft won the three-meter diving competition with a 326.48 point total. Then Westrick won again in the 100 free, narrowly defeating Kete, 51:41 to 51:43.

Thornton lost the 200 backstroke by half a second, finishing runner-up in a time of 2:02.85.

Miami's Clagg and sophomore Gabbie Pettinichi went one-two in the 200 breaststroke with respective times of 2:20.92 and 2:22.85, ballooning the RedHawk lead to 45 points, 126-81.

In event 12, the 500 free, Courtney Collett was Miami's top finisher. She touched the wall in 5:01.88, about three seconds slower than Ohio's swimmer.

Classmates Westrick and O'Connor took the top two places in the 100 fly with times of 55.07 and 55.83.

Craft placed second in the one-meter diving event with a score of 303.98.

Thornton was the clear-cut winner in the final individual race of the day, the 200 IM, finishing with a 2:05.72 clocking.

In the 400 freestyle relay, Miami's quartet of Annie Marquiss, O'Connor, Ellen Barhorst and Kete tied Ohio's top entry with identical times of 3:28.60.

Coach Dave Jennings has two-and-a-half weeks to fine tune his RedHawks for the 2013 MAC Championship meet in Buffalo, N.Y. Competition begins on Feb. 28 and runs through Mar. 2.

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