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RedHawks rebound from Purdue loss with win over Cleveland State

The Miami University men's swimming team looks out over the pool before the RedHawks meet against Cleveland State University.

Photo by Derek Dignan

By Jack Brewer, For The Miami Student

The Miami University men's swimming team was victorious against Cleveland State University by a score of 120.5-108.5 Saturday afternoon in the Nixon Aquatic Center.

After losing to Purdue University Thursday, the RedHawks rebounded with a strong performance against Cleveland State. Miami head coach Pete Lindsay was pleased with his team's performance.

"We were able to establish momentum at the beginning of the meet which was something we didn't do against Purdue," Lindsay said. "I was pleased with that."

Earning individual first-place finishes for the RedHawks were sophomore Bryan McNamara, junior Christopher Dieter, freshman Ross Westrick and senior Joe Baumgartner. McNamara earned two first-place finishes, taking the 1,000-freestyle and the 500-freestyle with times of 9:49.66 and 4:44.59, respectively. Dieter took first in the 200-freestyle with a time of 1:42.15, followed by Westrick in second, sophomore Jack Strauss in third and senior Michael Heavilon in fourth.

Westrick won the 100-freestyle with a time of 47.32 and Baumgartner won the 50-freestyle in a time of 20.95.

In the 400-medley relay, Baumgartner, juniors Sean Neri and Evan Bader and sophomore Matthew Rigali earned a first-place finish with a time of 3:26.39. Rigali also earned points with a second-place finish in the 200-butterfly, clocking in a time of 1:56.75.

Other second-place finishers for the RedHawks were junior Heshan Unamboowe and senior Andrew Kilkenny. Unamboowe finished the 200-backstroke and Kilkenny placed second in the 200-IM.

The Miami diving team had a one-two finish in the three-meter dive event. Junior Michael Nash came in first with a score of 324.08, followed by sophomore Cole Fryman with a score of 297.75.

"We have a month until the Miami Invitational," Lindsay said. "The leadership lines are good, and the subtraining groups are finally gelling. In terms of team development we're ahead of where we were last year."

Following their two-meet week, the RedHawks are off until they host the Miami Invitational Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Nixon Aquatic Center.