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Women's team wins ninth straight meet

By Jordan Rinard
On February 10, 2014

The Miami University women's swimming and diving team finished the regular season on a nine-meet winning streak as it downed Mid-American Conference (MAC) rival Ohio University 186-111 on senior day. It is the second straight season in which the RedHawks (9-1, 7-0 MAC) went undefeated in conference play.

"This meet was really exciting," senior Brianna Fujan said. "It was good to see some of the girls step up and take events."

Senior Nicole Wagner said her time at Miami has been great.

"When we started, Miami's program had a very strong tradition," she said. "I think we have done a good job of maintaining it and gotten it even stronger."

The men's team also wrapped up its regular season with a victory over Ball State University 135-93. The RedHawks (5-3, 2-2 MAC) snapped a two-meet losing streak with the win.

In the meet against the Cardinals, the Red and White took nine events with sophomore Jacob Prodoehl, sophomore Sean Neri, sophomore Christopher Dieter, senior Michael Cavanaugh, freshman Bryan McNamara, freshman Maximilian Jelen and sophomore diver Michael Nash all winning events.

Also taking home wins was the team of Prodoehl, Neri, junior Sam Crockett and senior Sam Flessner in the 400-medley relay. The team of Prodoehl, junior Joe Baumgartner, freshman Grant Stafford and freshman Jack Strauss also won the 200-freestyle relay.

Miami took 11 out of 16 events against the Bobcats after dropping three of the first four, with senior Nikki Craft taking two diving events and freshman Kathleen Dodson winning two butterfly events. Senior Cynthia Donovan emerged victorious in the 50-meter freestyle while also contributing to the first place 200-freestyle relay team along with sophomore Natalie Rohr, sophomore Sara Krueger and junior Annie Marquiss.

"It's been awesome," Donovan said of her time at Miami. "It was nice beating Ohio today."

Also recording individual wins for the 'Hawks were Wagner, freshman Stephanie LeMire, Marquiss, sophomore Aubrey Kluth and junior Courtney Collett.

"It was a great meet," head coach Mark Davis said. "It was good to see new people step up... Ohio's a good team but they had injuries this season. I'm happy with the performance. It's fun to send our seniors off with a win. Now, we have time to rest and taper before we get ready for the MAC's and the senior meet."

Senior Michaela Scott said she is looking forward to the upcoming meets.

"It's been fun swimming with this team," she said. "But we're not done yet."

The women's team returns to action Feb. 27 when it competes for a MAC title Geneva, Ohio while the men are back in Oxford Feb. 28 for the Ohio Senior Championships.


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