OXFORD, Ohio—Miami’s five seniors were sent off with a win over rival Ohio University, 186-111, in their last home meet at Nixon Aquatic Center.
The women’s swimming and diving team moved their overall dual meet record to 9-1, while completing a perfect 7-0 dual meet season within Mid-American Conference competition. It is their second straight undefeated MAC regular season after using a 6-0 record last season en route to Miami’s 17th Conference Championship.
“It’s always good to beat a rival like Ohio,” said head coach Mark Davis, “They always put up a good meet… You always know Ohio is going to bring it to us… It was good to do this on senior day with seniors getting their last swim.”
Seniors Nikki Craft, Cynthia Donovan, Brianna Fujan, Michaela Scott and Nicole Wagner were recognized prior to the meet for their contributions to the RedHawks over their respective careers. The RedHawks then went on to win 11 of 16 events over the Bobcats.
Craft led the RedHawks with two wins in both the one-meter and three-meter diving events. She scored 296.78 points in the one-meter and 319.58 points in the three-meter event.
Freshman Kathleen Dodson also won two individual events, sweeping the 100 and 200 butterfly. She took the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.35 and the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:05.60. She also was a contributor to Miami’s second-place finish in the 400 medley relay with freshman Stephanie LeMire, junior Katie Bootsma and junior Annie Marquiss (3:51.91).
Donovan added a win in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.68. She out touched teammates, Marquiss (23.82) and sophomore Sara Krueger (24.25), who took second and third. Donovan also swam with sophomore Natalie Rohr, Krueger and Marquiss in the 200 freestyle relay where they placed first (1:34.70).
Wagner and LeMire swept the breaststroke events. Wagner took first in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.35), while LeMire took second, finishing with a time of 1:04.78. Freshman Claire Mongenas took third in that same event (1:05.85). LeMire won the 200 breaststroke though, with a time of 2:19.83, while Wagner took second (2:23.10). Mongenas took fourth in that event (2:24.37).
Marquiss took first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.28. Freshman Elise Campbell and Krueger took second and third with times of 52.29 and 52.97, respectively.
Sophomore Aubrey Kluth and junior Courtney Collett also each earned individual wins. Kluth continued to excel in the 400 IM with a commanding 4:29.14 finish. Collett added a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:53.48. Junior Caitlin Fujan and junior Whitney Mitchell took second and third in the 200 freestyle with times of 1:54.26 and 1:54.61, helping the RedHawks take control of the meet after a slow start.
“It’s an exciting time,” said Davis, “They’ve put in a lot of hard work and now get to see results in a couple weeks… I’m really excited to send our seniors off this way. They’ve had great careers here.”
Miami’s next competition is Thursday, Feb. 27, through Saturday, Mar. 1, when the RedHawks compete for the MAC Championship in Geneva, Ohio. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and will be hosted at the SPIRE Institute.