’Hawks defeat Evansville, men fall to Purdue
Published: Monday, October 29, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 29, 2012 23:10
Miami University’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both cruised past the University of Evansville Friday, but the men were unable to outswim Purdue University Saturday.
The women posted a 148-85 victory against Evansville while the men won 125-103. However, the men fell to the Boilermakers 103-192.
Freshman Evan Bader was impressed with his team’s performance this weekend.
“I think the meet went really well,” Bader said. “We had improvements in our times from last weekend, which is always good.”
The men defeated Evansville with the strong performances of senior Anderson Whipp and junior Mike Kline. Whipp dominated the 200-yard individual medley (IM) with a time of 1:57.57, and Kline finished first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.11.
New swimmers Tyler Simonton and Davis Staley swam strong races. Simonton finished third in the 100-yard backstroke, coming in at 54.64. Staley took third in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 53.80.
Despite the loss, the RedHawks swam tough against the Boilermakers. Freshman Sean Neri placed second in the 200-yard backstroke at 1:55.27.
Bader said Purdue would be a challenge for his team going into the meet.
“Purdue is one of the best swim teams in the nation,” Bader said. “We’ve just got to go out there and swim our own races.”
Bader left with a pair of second place finishes against the Boilermakers in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke.
Sophomore Joe Baumgartner battled it out with Purdue in the 100-yard freestyle, losing by a close margin at 46.12.
As for the women, senior Bekka Westrick led the team with victories in both the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:06.38 and the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.89.
Senior Maddie Kete said she was excited about the team’s success against Evansville.
“I think everyone did a good job of swimming smart races and finishing them,” Kete said. “With all of the work that we had done this past week, [we were] still swimming strong at the end.”
Kete dominated the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.70. She finished second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:54.40 behind teammate Molly Tyler, who finished at 1:53.70.
Kete was impressed with the performance of senior teammate Tyler.
“Molly Tyler had a really good 200-yard free,” Kete said. “I actually raced her and … she swam it so smart.”
Freshmen Katie Blodgett and Emma Szczupakiewicz swam strong races along side each other in the 200-yard freestyle as well.
Kete said the meet helped her team practice events they would not normally swim.
“Evansville is not in our conference, so we were swimming off events,” Kete said.
The women host Bowling Green State University 4p.m. Friday, while the men host Cleveland State University 2 p.m. Saturday. Both events will be held at Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center.