2019 Mid-American Men’s Championships: Redhawks Dominate Day 1

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By Mark McCluskey, Swimming World College Intern

On Day 1 of the Men’s Mid-American Conference Championships, Miami University (Ohio) took a quick lead, winning the first two events of the championship, the 200 Medley Relay and the 800 Freestyle Relay, rewriting their own record board in the process.

 

Team Scores After Day 1

Miami University (Ohio): 80

Missouri State University: 68

Southern Illinois University: 64

University of Evansville: 60

Ball State University: 56

 

Day 1 Results

 

200 Medley Relay

In the 200 Medley Relay, the Redhawks (Jacob Peloquin, Noah Barr, Iago Moussalem, Nick Ward) narrowly beat out Missouri State University, going 1:25.99 and 1:26.06, respectively. Miami University (Ohio) even came within less than a second of the pool and meet record. While they just narrowly missed those records, they were able to secure their school record.

The final three teams all finished within a second of each other, but Southern Illinois was victorious in taking the bronze. They came in third with a 1:29.96, while University of Evansville came in fourth with a 1:31.13, and Ball State finished fifth with a 1:31.87.

800 Freestyle Relay

The Redhawks (Diego Valentim, Gordon Wheeler, James Wray, Iago Moussalem) ran away with this event as well, managing to get another school record in 6:31.32. Missouri State came in a little over three seconds behind them with a 6:34.60, taking the silver for the second time.

Rounding out the competition, Southern Illinois University came in third with a 6:37.87, University of Evansville finished in 6:40.78 to take fourth, and Ball State took fifth with a 6:47.17.

 

After Day 1, Miami University (Ohio) holds a strong lead, but there is still a lot more swimming to go. There should be strong competition to come in the next few days. Tomorrow the Mid-American Conference will compete in the 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, and the 200 freestyle relay. Preliminaries will be at 10:30 a.m. and finals will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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