Athlete of the Week

Updated 1/25/1997

Northern Illinois - Tim Griffin ­ Shattered the Northern Illinois school record with his 9:32.23 first-place performance in the 1,000 free. He added a first-place showing in the 500 free (4:39.22) and a third-place 1:56.59 in the 200 fly. The previous school record for NIU in the 1,000 free was a 9:36.67 set by Steve Beck in 1994. The two firsts and one third paced Northern Illinois to a victory over Ball State and a narrow loss to Miami (Ohio).

Other Notable Performances

Bowling Green - Jeff Allen ­ Finished first in the 1-meter dive with a score of 226.43 in a dual meet loss to Buffalo.

Buffalo - Eric Stimson ­ Picked up four individual first-place finishes and two relay first-place marks in two dual meets last week. Placed first in the 200 IM and 200 back and was a member of the 400 IM relay team.

Eastern Michigan - Mark Bevington ­ Took first in the 1-meter diving event against Denison. His score of 318.68 beat his previous best by 103.69 points. That mark also qualifies him for the NCAA zone meet.

Toledo - Tim McCann ­ Set a pool record in the 200 back (1:49.61), eclipsing the previous mark of 1:50.45 by Ross Powells in 1996. Was a member of the 400 medley relay which set a pool record in a time of 3:24.28. Also, recorded a first-place finish in the 200 IM (1:54.69).

Dual Meet Records

School - Overall Record - MAC Record

Ball State - 1-6 - 0-4

Bowling Green - 2-7 - 0-4

Buffalo - 5-0 - 1-0

Eastern Michigan - 5-1 - 3-0

Miami - 6-1 - 3-0

Northern Illinois - 3-2 - 2-2

Ohio - 2-4 - 0-2

Toledo - 5-1 - 3-0


CARDINALS LOSE AT MIAMI: Ball State built a 27-point lead by winning the first three events, but Miami captured the last 10 and the RedHawks prevailed 140-103 on Saturday in a double-dual meet in Oxford, Ohio. BSU's 400 medley relay team began the meet with a victorious time of 3:33.56. Louwrens Appelcryn followed with a win in the 1000 free by swimming the ninth-fastest race in school history (9:35.52). When Marc Smith prevailed in the 200 free in a lifetime best of 1:43.34, BSU held a 41-14 lead. However, Miami took the lead four events later and closed out the meet with 10 straight wins.

CARDINALS FALL TO NORTHERN ILLINOIS: BSU held a two-point lead with two events remaining, but Northern Illinois won the last two events and the Huskies pulled out a 123.5-113.5 victory on Saturday in a double-dual meet at Miami. After Marc Smith won the 200 freestyle in a lifetime-best clocking of 1:43.34, senior Matt Pentland, junior Eric Schumacher and Andy Boyce finished first (21.42), second (21.61) and third (22.03), respectively, to give the Cardinals a 39-35 lead. NIU briefly regained the lead before junior Aaron Henning won 1-meter diving to again push BSU in front-- 56-53. Northern regained the lead with a win in the 200 fly, but Pentland (47.42) and Schumacher (47.94) finished first and second, respectively, to give the Cardinals a 75.5-71.5 lead. The Huskies went 1-2 two events later, though, to regain the lead before Henning captured 3-meter diving to give BSU its last lead, 101.5-99.5. NIU took a 112.5-107.5 lead after taking the top two spots in the 200 breaststroke. Needing a victory in the final event -- the 400 freestyle relay -- to possibly win the meet, BSU's quartet of freshman Matthew Smith, Pentland, Schumacher and Boyce went a season-best 3:10.83, but the Huskies prevailed (no time available).

THIS WEEK -- BSU MEETS OHIO: Ball State has won seven of the last 10 meetings, but Ohio still holds a 15-12 lead in the all-time series. The Bobcats posted a 144-99 victory at Ohio last year. The Cardinals prevailed by the score of 124-119 on Jan. 25, 1997 -- the last time the schools met in Muncie. BSU trailed 117-109 entering
the final event -- the 400 freestyle relay, but pulled out the win by capturing the top-two placings. Ball State has won the last five meetings in Muncie and has won eight of the 10 meetings here. Ohio's last win at BSU occurred Jan. 31, 1987 by the score of 57-56.

BOWLING GREEN NOTES: Sophomore Josh Clugston finished second in both diving events: 1-meter (219.38) and 3-meter (226.27) in a dual-meet loss at Buffalo. The Bowling Green men's swimming and diving team will conclude the home portion of their schedule this weekend with two meets. The Falcons entertain Valparaiso on Jan. 29 and Miami on Jan. 30.

EMU TAKE FIRST IN 10 EVENTS, BEATS DENISON 131-102: The Eastern Michigan University men's swimming and diving team posted first-place finishes in all but two events and swept five to beat Denison 131-102 at home on Jan. 23. The win is the second-straight for the Eagles, who are 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the Mid-American Conference. The Eagles spread the wins out, with several swimmers and a diver recording first and second-place finishes. Josh Bateman took first in the 200 back (1:52.82) and in the 200 medley relay (1:34.07) and was second in the 200 individual medley (1:54.92). Trevor Stone got first in the 500 free (4:50.48) and second in the 200 free (1:45.68). Chris Dix picked up wins in the 100 free (46.51) and was part of the 200 medley relay. Divers Mark Bevington and Brad Mulder swept the diving for EMU with Bevington getting first in the one-meter (318.680) and second in the three-meter, and Mulder getting it in three-meter diving (308.330). Also getting first-place finishes at the meet were: Eric Seidelman in the 50 free (21.67), Eric Zwinger in the 1,000 free (9:41.95), Drew Chorney in the 200 fly, and Steve Dalton in the 200 free (1:45.58).

NEXT TIME IN THE WATER: The Eastern Michigan University men's swimming and diving team continues its homestretch stand with meets against Oakland on Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. and Cleveland State on Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. The Eagles close out their season at home in the Jones Natatorium on Feb. 13 against Toledo.

TRAVEL A BREEZE FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: The men won't have far to go when the Mid-American Conference Championships take place on March 4-6. Eastern, the defending MAC Championship team, will host the MAC championships at the Michael H. Jones Natatorium.

DIVERS TAKE BIG LEAP VS. DENISON: EMU divers made a huge jump in their season-best scores against Denison on Jan. 23. Eastern swept the one-meter diving finishes with Mark Bevington, Brad Mulder, and Rudy Youmans all posting season-best scores. Mulder scored 281.63 to beat his previous best by 36 points, while Youmans beat his by 27 points with a score of 259.50. Bevington made the biggest jump, scoring 318.68 to beat his previous best by 103.69 points. That mark moves Bevington from 19th place into second in the Mid-American Conference standings and also qualifies him for the NCAA zone meet. Mulder moves from 13th to fifth and Youmans jumps from 15th to eighth. Mulder also beat his previous best of 271.72 in three-meter diving, scoring a 308.330. The mark moves him from 10th to third place in the MAC standings.

MIAMI NOTES: The Miami men's swim team moved to a perfect 3-0 in the Mid-American Conference this past Saturday by edging out Northern Illinois, 123-118 and Ball State, 140-103. Brennan Warren paced the RedHawks capturing first in the 50 and 100 freestyles. He presently holds the MAC's top time in both events. Other winners for Miami include Kevin Northup, who was victorious in the 200 fly; David Hoeller, the winner of the 200 breast; Brian Davis, who won the one-meter dive; and Andrew Campbell, who took top honors in the three-meter dive. Miami returns to MAC action this weekend when it travels to Toledo on Friday and Bowling Green on Saturday. The RedHawks wrap up dual meet aciton on Feb. 6, when they travel to defending MAC champion Eastern Michigan.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS NOTES: Northern Illinois made the most of a first-place effort in the 400-meter relay and used two first-place performances by sophomore Tim Griffin, which included a school record 9:32.23 in the 1,000 free to help the Huskies defeat Ball State. Miami (Ohio) edged NIU in the other MAC dual held Saturday (Jan. 23) in Oxford, OH. Griffin's new mark in the 1,000 free gives him the second-best time in the MAC for that event.