Jack Brewer, For the Miami Student
The Miami University men's swimming and diving team returns to the pool this week after a nearly two-week break since its season-opening meet. The RedHawks host Purdue University Thursday in the Nixon Aquatic Center. "The weekend will provide a rehearsal for the afternoon and evening competitions that we will see at the conference meet," head coach Pete Lindsay said. "The team is improving daily and single gender meets allow the swimmers and divers to experience competition in the compressed frame of the championships where complete preliminary session is over in one hour." The Purdue Boilermakers are coming off a win at the Indiana Intercollegiates meet on Oct. 18. The Boilermakers finished 27th at last year's NCAA Championships. Lindsay believes the upcoming meet will not be easy. "Purdue will provide significant competition to our team, particularly the distance men and breaststrokers," Lindsay said. "[They have] a talented team with very good depth." Miami is coming off a 142-113 win against Xavier University in its last meet on Oct. 18. In that meet, the freshmen talent shined, turning in several first-place finishes. Ross Westrick had two individual first-place finishes and also swam a leg in the 200-freestyle relay, which was another victory for the RedHawks. Freshman Pete Simcox placed first in the 100-butterfly and freshman Ross Rybakowicz turned in a second-place finish in the 200-butterfly. Other individual first-place finishers on Oct. 18 were seniors Sam Crockett and Joe Baumgartner, junior Heshan Unamboowe and sophomores Jack Strauss and Bryan McNamara. Crockett took the 200-breaststroke, whereas Baumgartner took the 50-freestyle. Unamboowe won the 200-backstroke. Strauss won the 100-backstroke and McNamara won the 1,000-freestyle, 10 seconds ahead of the nearest competitor. The RedHawks took both relays from Xavier, which they will look to repeat on Thursday night. The Xavier meet was a combined men and women's meet, which Coach Lindsay says requires different preparation and execution. "A fast single gender meet may be completed in one hour and 10 minutes, where a combined men's and women's meet may take three hours," Lindsay said. "The preparation and execution are completely different." The meet starts 7 p.m. Thursday in the Nixon Aquatic Center.