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Sports Briefs: March 8

'Hawks advance to conference quarterfinals

Senior guard Eric Washington drained two free throws with 3.2 seconds left on the clock to beat Ball State University 49-47 in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Miami University basketball (13-19) has won four of its last five games. Washington finished the game with 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and senior forward Chris Bryant added 14 points. Miami plays No. 3 seed University at Buffalo in the quarterfinals Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Redhawk swimming breaks three school records

At the Mid-American Conference swimming and diving championships over the weekend, senior Jacob Prodoehl broke two Miami University records. He finished the 100-yard backstroke in 48.76, breaking Davis Staley's 48.96 mark set in 2014. He broke the 200-yd backstroke record, swimming a 1:46.34 and passing Staley's time of 1:46.54 set in 2014. Prodoehl was named to the All-MAC First Team. Junior Lucas Brock set the record in the 200-yard freestyle with his time of 1:37.69. His mark broke the record of 1:37.98 set by Ross Halloran in 1996.

Swimming coach retires

Pete Lindsay, the head coach of the Miami University men's swimming and diving team for the last 31 years, announced his retirement Sunday. Lindsay is a six-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year and led the RedHawks to three conference titles and 172 career dual meet victories, the most in school history. "It was a lifetime dream and goal to teach and coach at my alma mater," Lindsay said.

After Lindsay took over MU's program in the 1985-86 season, the RedHawks finished as either the runner-up or the conference champion 17 times, including Mid-American Conference titles in 1997, 1999 and 2006. Lindsay's last day at Miami is May 31.