Miami Women Blowout Xavier, Men Win Nail-Biter

OXFORD, Ohio, October 19. THE Miami University women’s swim team won every event in a blowout win over Xavier, while the Miami men’s team pulled out a nail-biter over the Xavier men, 130-125, on Saturday afternoon.

Miami Press Release

The Miami RedHawks women’s swimming team got back on track with a dominating performance in route to a 158-95 win in the Nixon Aquatic Center.

It was a commanding performance on homecoming weekend as the RedHawks won every one of the 14 events they competed in.

Sophomore Emma Szczupakiewicz, freshman Elise Campbell and a number of other RedHawks turned in noteworthy performances in what was the women’s second competition of the 2013-2014 season after falling to Purdue Friday night, 177-116.

Szczupakiewicz was a member of the 200 medley relay team that finished first to start the day (1:46.94). The relay was also comprised of junior Katie Bootsma, freshman Stephanie LeMire and senior Cynthia Donovan. Szczupakiewicz also placed first in the 100 back (58.88) and the 200 back (2:08.04).

Campbell was on the second-place 200 medley relay team with freshman Claire Mongenas, sophomore Gabbi Veri and junior C.C. Fujan. They swam a time of 1:49.71. Campbell then went on to win the 100 breast (1:06.32).

Other top finishers were freshman Julia Campbell, who took first in the 1000 free (10:17.47), 16 seconds before teammate, junior Courtney Collett (10:33.72). Sophomore Elizabeth Zilch took first in the 100 fly (58.55). Junior Annie Marquiss placed first in the 100 free (52.65). Freshman Logan Klinsky top first in the 200 free (1:54.81). Fujan also finished first in the 500 free (5:09.96). Sophomore Aubrey Kluth won the 400 IM (4:27.30).

Miami will look to build upon this win next Saturday, Oct. 26, when they travel to Akron (1 p.m.).

The Miami RedHawks men’s swimming team looked impressive in their home opener against Xavier, winning 130-125 at Nixon Aquatic Center.

The final score doesn’t accurately reflect the men’s performance as they won nine of 15 events including the first five of the day.

The RedHawks displayed not only their team talent, but the promising freshman who accounted for five wins of their own. Freshmen Maximilian Jelen, Steven Russo, Grant Stafford and Jack Strauss kicked off the day with their win in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:34.11. Jelen went on to place fifth in the 200 fly (2:03.73). Russo went on to win the 100 breast (58.24). Strauss placed first in the 100 back (52.73) and third in the 100 free with a time of 47.06. Stafford would go on to win the 100 free with a time of 46.28.

Returning RedHawks, sophomore Evan Bader, sophomore Christopher Dieter, senior Sean Minderlein, and senior Dan Nemeth all turned in first-place finishes. Bader won the 200 breast with a time of 2:08.12. Dieter took the 200 free, seconds before junior Joe Baumgartner (1:44.30), finishing with a 1:42.63 time. Minderlein controlled the 1000 free with a time of 9:43.31, nearly five seconds faster than Xavier’s second-place finisher and Nemeth took the 50 free with a time of 21.03.

Other key point-getters with second-place finishes for the men were freshman Jared Higdon, in the 200 fly (1:59.20), sophomore Sean Neri, who placed second in the 200 back (1:53.09), freshman Matthew Rigali, in the 100 breast (58.42) and the 400 free relay team of Dieter, Neri, Baumgartner and sophomore Jacob Prodoehl.

Third-place finishes were turned in by Baumgartner, Prodoehl and seniors Andrew Kilkenny and Sam Crockett in the 200 medley (1:35.87). Senior Sam Flessner also finished third twice in the 100 back (52.81) and 200 back (1:55.09).

The men will next compete on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Cleveland, OH against Cleveland State at 2:00 p.m.

Xavier Press Release

In the second meet in as many days, Xavier swimming dropped both the men’s and women’s contests against Miami (Ohio) at the Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center on Saturday afternoon. The men dropped a tight battle, 130-25, while the women fell, 158-95.

Nick Foster gave the Musketeers their first event win in the 200 fly, touching in 1:57.27. The women’s 50 free was a tight race. Maddie Day finished second in a dead heat with two RedHawks, with the three swimmers finishing in 24.99.

Chad Thompson won the 200 back, continuing a string of dominance in the event after winning both the 100 and 200 back in Friday’s meet at Cincinnati. Erik Biernat also had a dominant weekend, winning both butterfly events at UC and then claiming the top spot in the 100 fly at Miami. Biernat posted a time of 52.05.

Xavier’s men’s team owned the 400 IM, securing three of the top four spots in the event. Thompson led the way with a time of 4:12.74 and was followed by Eric Futscher (4:13.54), who finished second, and Foster, who touched fourth (4:24.79).

Luke Johanns, Carter Clark, Rodrigo Suriano and Armando Moss closed the meet for XU with a stellar performance in the 400 free relay. The four men combined for a time of 3:07.69, which was over two seconds faster than second place.

Joining Day in giving the women’s team second-place points were Carly Davis, Abbi Walsh, Taylor Jach, Mackenna Rife, Lynn Brotherton, Hannah Martin, Jacquelyn Misanik and Carolyn Stewart.

Xavier has a two-week hiatus between meets when the women take to the pool against Bowling Green. The meet will be held at O’Connor Sports Center on XU’s campus.

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