YPSILANTI, Michigan, February 14. THE defending Mid-American Conference champion Eastern Michigan University women's swimming and diving team sits in a three-way tie for first place with Miami University and Ohio University after the first day of competition at the 2007 MAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships here Wednesday night at Jones Natatorium. During the 800-yard freestyle relay, EMU broke pool, MAC and Championship meet records while swimming an NCAA Consideration B time.
In the 200-yard medley relay Miami set a MAC Championship meet record with a 1:44.11 time, breaking the old record of 1:44.14 set by Ohio in 2000. Ohio finished second with a 1:44.64 clip followed by Bowling Green State University (1:44.94), the University of Toledo (1:45.42), EMU (1:45.81), University of Akron, (1:45.86), Ball State University (1:46.36) and the University at Buffalo (1:46.39).
In the day's final event the Eagles re-wrote the record books in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The team of Steph Cholyk, Hannah Burandt, Alissa Ricard and Madeleine Pilchard clocked in with a 7:21.80 time, setting a pool, MAC and Championship meet records. The time shattered the old record (7:24.59) by almost three seconds. The 7:21.80 clip is also an NCAA Consideration B time.
Ohio finished second in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a 7:26.57 time and was followed by Toledo (7:28.88), BGSU (7:30.44), Miami (7:32.13), Akron (7:33.29), BSU (7:39.37) and Buffalo (7:44.53).
Swimming prelims for Thursday will begin at 11 a.m. with one-meter diving prelims slated for 1 p.m. Finals for day two of the meet is set to begin at 7 p.m. in Jones Natatorium. Events for the second day of competition are 200-yard freestyle relay, 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard IM, 50-yard freestyle, one-meter diving and the 400-medley relay.
2007 MAC Championship Results After Day One (two events):
1. Eastern Michigan 68
1. Ohio 68
1. Miami 68
4. Toledo 62
4. Bowling Green 62
6. Akron 52
7. Ball State 48
8. Buffalo 44