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'Hawks edge Bulldogs, improve to 2-2

By Ben Vandertill, For The Miami Student

The Miami University women's swimming team defeated Butler University Saturday in its fourth duel meet of the season. Following a lost to Ohio State University Oct. 23, the RedHawks came back strong against the Bulldogs with a 134-106 victory.

"It was good to see them stepping up and going after it," head coach Mark Davis said. "We talked about trying some different things this week, we got to see some good stuff and I was really happy with where the girls were today."

With the win over Butler, the RedHawks improve to a 2-2 dual meet record.

The 'Hawks came off the blocks strong and fast, dominating the first event, the 200-medley relay. Miami not only took first place, but posted the next three top finishing times. Leading the way for the RedHawks was the foursome of senior Katie Bootsma, sophomore Stephanie LeMire, freshman Morgan Quesnel and senior Emma Craig.

This set the tone for the rest of the meet, as Miami dominated the pool, posting a first place finish in every race.

Other dominating performances came all across the board for the RedHawks, including a commanding victory in the 1650-yard race by senior Stephanie Pearce. Pearce beat the field by over a minute and a half, finishing with a time 17:13.23.

Miami senior Annie Marquiss kept the winning trend going, taking a first place finish in the 200-freestyle with a time of 1:59.64

LeMire was next to step up for the RedHawks. She posted a winning time of 1:00.21 in the 100-backstroke.

The success of the RedHawks gave Miami University women's head coach Mark Davis a lot to be happy about.

Freshman Katie Kuhl was a four-event phenom for the RedHawks, competing in the 50-free, 100-Butterfly, 200-Medley relay and 800-Free Relay. She took first in the 50 free, posting a time of 24.17.

"It was cool to see Katie Kuhl get a win in the 50 free," Davis said.

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The RedHawks capped of their victorious day by cursing to victory in the last event of the day, the 800-freestyle relay, with a time of 7:53.55. The RedHawks put together the squad of junior Sara Krueger, freshman Abigail Schirmer, Craig and junior Stephanie Nemeth to complete their undefeated meet.

The RedHawks now look forward to their biggest home meet of the year, the Miami Invitational.