ATHENS, OH., March 7. THE first day of competition has been completed at the 2002 Mid-American Conference Championships at the Aquatic Center. Defending champion Eastern Michigan holds a 16-point lead over Miami (OH) for first-place. Toledo is a strong third.
TEAM SCORES (end 1st Day)
1. Eastern Michigan 247
2. Miami 231
3. Toledo 194
4. Northern Illinois 127
5. Ohio 104
6. Ball State 85
7. Bowling Green 58
8. Buffalo 24
200 FREESTYLE RELAY:
The Toledo team of Pierre Van Zyl, Paul Southey, Patrik Johansson and Steve Hnatiuk won the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:21.74. Eastern Michigan came in second (1:22.16) and Miami took third (1:22.97).
Miami senior John Carroll won the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:26.81. Carroll won the event last year with a time of 4:28.39. Eastern Michigan senior Mathew Ense took second (4:29.01) and Nothern Illinois senior Andras Schonek finished third (4:29.20).
Miami senior Eric DiSalle on the 200 IM with a time of 1:49.04. DiSalle won the event last year with a time of 1:49.67. Eastern Michigan junior Justin Breitigam finished second (1:50.49) and RedHawks' sophomore Brad Bartel took third (1:51.64).
Toledo junior Pierre Van Zyl won the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.44. Eastern Michigan took second and third place. Eagles' junior Jeff Luhn touched the wall in 20.47 and David Vanlier touched in 20.51.
Ohio sophomore Robert Keichbaum (Delaware) set a new MAC record in the one-meter dive with a score of 298.00. The previous record of 296.40 was set by Miami's Dylan Nichols in today's preliminaries. Nichols finished third in the finals (297.05) behind teammate Peter Donohue (297.80).
400 MEDLEY RELAY:
Eastern Michigan's team of Kevin Doak, John Bartlet, Jeff Luhn and David Vanlier won the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:18.95. Toledo finished second (3:21.48) and Miami placed third (3:22.17).