Miami Women Defeat Akron, 186-112

OXFORD, Ohio, October 27. FRESHMAN Karen Frazier set a new varsity record in the 100 breaststroke and the Miami University women's swimming and diving team (1-0; 1-0 MAC) won 11 events as it opened the 2006-07 season with a 186-112 dual meet win over the Akron Zips at the Nixon Aquatic Center. The victory extended Miami's streak of consecutive Mid-American Conference dual meet wins to 40.

In her first collegiate meet, Frazier clocked in with a varsity and freshman record time of 1:04.18 in the 100 breaststroke, breaking both Miami records held by four-time MAC Champion Amanda Furlano. Frazier broke the previous varsity record by two-hundredths of a second, besting Furlano's time of 1:04.20 set at the 1999 Miami Invitational. Frazier additionally reset Furlano's freshman record time of 1:04.52, set at the 1997 MAC meet, and she finished the meet with three individual wins in both breaststroke events and the 200 individual medley.

Miami opened the meet with a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay, as its "A" relay team clocked in with a time of 1:47.29. The RedHawks then made it back-to-back wins, as sophomore Jenn Flaherty touched the wall with a first-place time of 10:21.60 in the 1,000 freestyle.

Sophomore Allison Stevens and senior Diana Zeleznikar paced a 1-2 Miami finish in the 200 freestyle, clocking in at 1:54.41 and 1:55.95, respectively, before Akron took home its first event win in the 100 backstroke. Despite the Akron win in the backstroke, Miami held a comfortable 48-26 lead after four events.

Frazier then clocked in with her first-place and varsity-record performance in the 100 breaststroke, extending Miami's advantage to 62-31 before Danielle Beland notched Akron's second win of the meet in the 200 butterfly. Miami responded, however, as senior Margaret Patrick turned in a first-place time of 24.02 in the 50 freestyle and extended its lead to 87-44.

Miami placed the top three swimmers in the 100 freestyle, led by Kristen Bezier's first-place time of 53.21. Sophomore Alyson Schmidt and Patrick placed second and third in the event, clocking in at 53.92 and 54.19, respectively. Akron then finished first in the 200 backstroke before Frazier dominated the field in the 200 breaststroke, winning the event by almost eight seconds with the 10th-best time in program history (2:20.56).

Senior Darcy Meek's first-place finish in the 500 freestyle (5:14.69) effectively sealed Miami's win, as it gave the RedHawks a 149-77 edge. Miami then closed the meet with wins by Frazier in the 200 individual medley (2:09.00) and the "A" relay team in the 800 freestyle relay (7:50.21). Miami did not swim the final relay for points.

In the diving events, freshman Kelsey Anagnos won both the one-meter (265.12) and three-meter dives (249.07), sweeping the boards at her first collegiate meet.