Thursday, January 26: Buffalo sunk by St. Bonaventure, 142-54
ST. BONAVENTURE, NY The University at Buffalo men's swimming team dropped a 142-54 decison to non-conference rival St. Bonaventure on Thursday evening at the Reilly Center Pool. UB is now 2-4 overall while St. Bonaventure is 5-4.
UB's lone victory in the meet was in the 200-yard backstroke as junior Luke Adams (Quinnesec, MI/Kingsford) remained undefeated in the event. Adams, who earlier this week earned the Mid-American Conference's Men's Swimmer and Male Scholar-Athlete of the Week awards, clocked a 1:57.11 showing en route to a one-and-a-half-second victory over St. Bonaventure's Dan Freeland.
Adams also competed in the 1,000-yard freestyle, racing against current Atlantic 10 Swimmer of the Week, Chris Ekimoff. Adams finished second in the race in 9:47.26, less than a second behind Ekimoff's 9:46.31.
The Bulls also posted three other second-place performances Thursday night. Senior Jeff Hurst (Rochester, NY/Greece-Athena) also placed second in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.74, just one-hundredth of a second behind St. Bonaventure's Scott Jordan (1:58.73). Senior Kevin Gatley (Charlton, NY/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) finished second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:45.73. Sophomore Leandro Souza (Rio de Janiero, Brazil/Missouri State) also placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:20.79.
UB's 400-yard freestyle relay team of Adams, Kevin Schuster (Rochester, NY/Greece-Athena). Dave Harris (Rochester, NY/Greece-Arcadia) and Gatley also finished second in 3:15.72.
The Bulls return to action on February 4 when they travel to Eastern Michigan for the regular season finale at 1:00 p.m.
Friday, January 27: Eastern Michigan 138, Miami 105
OXFORD, Ohio - Despite wins in six individual events, including freshman Chris Heaton's (Centerville, Ohio) school record performance in the three-meter dive, the Miami University men's swimming team (3-3; 2-1 MAC) dropped its Mid-American Conference dual meet to the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 138-105. Eastern Michigan's victory extended its conference dual meet winning streak to 42, dating back to the 1998-99 season, and handed Miami its first conference setback of the season.
On Friday afternoon, a packed house at the Nixon Aquatic Center saw Heaton set a new school record with a tally of 342.60 on the three-meter board. Heaton's score bested the previous school record of 342.20, set by Dylan Nichols, a four-time MAC Champion, in 2001. Juniors Paul Ricard (Bowling Green, Ohio) and Justin Marcy (Daytona Beach, Fla.) also produced noteworthy performances, sweeping the distance freestyle and sprint freestyle events, respectively.
The meet got off to an inauspicious start in the 400 medley relay as Miami's "A" relay team, which appeared to finish first with a season-best time of 3:28.20, was disqualified. Instead of finishing with 11 team points, Miami's disqualification left Eastern Michigan with the top two relay teams and a 15-2 advantage after one event.
Following Miami's relay disqualification, Ricard tallied Miami's first win of the meet with a first-place finish in the 1,000 free. Ricard clocked in with a time of 9:24.20, narrowing Eastern Michigan's lead to 24-12, but the Eagles responded by placing the top three swimmers in the 200 free.
After junior Justin Marcy (Daytona Beach, Fla.) turned in a team-best and season-best time of 21.29 in his 50 free victory, Eastern Michigan placed the top three finishers in the 200 individual medley, spotting the Eagles to a 65-28 advantage heading into the three-meter diving.
On the three-meter board, Heaton turned in his school-record performance with a score of 342.60. Heaton also was part of a one-two Miami finish as senior Zach Niehaus (Taylor Mill, Ky.) placed second with 323.25 points.
Following an Eastern Michigan win in the 200 fly, Marcy completed his sweep of the freestyle sprint events with a team-best and season-best time of 46.57 in the 100 free. With his first-place finish, Marcy knocked nearly a second off his previous top time of 47.56 and cut Eastern Michigan's lead to 87-63.
The Eagles answered by placing two of the top three swimmers in the 200 back, but Ricard's win in the 500 free brought Miami to within 30 points with three events remaining. Touching the wall in 4:33.66, Ricard's victory marked his team leading 13th individual win of the season and his third consecutive sweep of the distance freestyle events.
Needing victories in the final three events to break Eastern Michigan's winning streak, Miami remained in contention by placing the top two finishers on the one-meter board. Senior Nick Kleinert (Rocky River, Ohio) notched a first-place score of 285.15, while Niehaus posted a second-place tally of 278.03 and closed the gap to 113-94. Eastern Michigan then followed with wins in the 200 breast and 400 freestyle relay, sealing its 42nd consecutive conference dual meet win.
Miami concludes its regular season dual meet schedule tomorrow at 4 p.m. against Ohio University. As part of senior day, the men's team will honor its eight seniors prior to the meet.
Saturday, January 28: Ball State defeats Butler, 135-82
Muncie, Ind. - - The Ball State swimming & diving program collected a pair of wins over Butler Saturday afternoon at the Lewellen Aquatic Center, with the women (7-3) scoring a 137-86 victory and the men (2-4) posting a 135-82 win. Prior the contest, the Cardinals recognized its 14-member senior class.
The women's team claimed first-place in 15 of 16 events on the day. BSU did post the top time in the other event - - the 400 freestyle relay - - but chose to exhibition the event due to Butler's limited roster entering the meet.
The men's team scored first-place efforts in 13 of 16 events on the day. The men's team also chose to exhibition the 400 freestyle relay despite posting the top time in the event.
On the women's side, the Cardinals started off strong with Mary Brinkoetter, Brittany Mishler, Erin Johnson and Brittany Sayler winning the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:51.65.
Michelle Huang would follow with a first-place time of 11:09.28 in the 1,000 freestyle, while Erika Paul won the 200 freestyle (1:57.31) and Sayler claimed the top time in the 50 backstroke (27.97)
BSU would continue its dominance, winning the next 11 events. Claiming the top spot in event order were: Addison Del Rio (50 Breaststroke; 30.69), Dani Fisher (100 Butterfly; 1:01.08), Abby Arnold (50 Freestyle; 25.13), Paige Vernasco (1-Meter Diving; 252.83), Lauren Harger (100 Freestyle; 54.95), Huang (100 Backstroke; 1:02.46), Mishler (100 Breaststroke; 1:09.83), Kym Cossairt (500 Freestyle; 5:22.97), Erin Johnson (50 Butterfly; 27.24), Stephanie Paul (3-Meter Diving, 249.75) and Del Rio (100 IM; 59.69).
Fisher, Jenna Arnold, Alyssa Watkins and Amber Arnold would combine to post the fastest time in the 400 free relay at 3:43.84.
On the men's side, Ball State also started the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay, as Kurtis Leer, Robert Funk, Ritchie Caudill and Josh Schum turned in a time of 1:37.18.
After posting a 2-3-4 finish in the 1000 freestyle - - Mark Augustyn (10:27.59), Griff Goas (10:33.73) and Danny Tracy (10:34.59) - - Kyle Hembree would take top honors in the 200 freestyle (1:47.09) and Leer would win the 50 backstroke (24.74).
The 50 breaststroke was the most heated competition of the meet, as BSU seniors Caudill and Funk were vying for top billing in the event. With both swimmers determined to win, Caudill scored the victory by .01 seconds at 28.08 compared to 28.09 for Funk.
The BSU men's team would go on to win nine of the final 11 events. Scoring wins in event order were: Ian McIntosh (100 Butterfly; 54.72), Leer (50 Freestyle; 21.63), Zach Whitaker (1-Meter Diving; 303.15), Schum (100 Freestyle; 46.99), Leer (100 Backstroke; 53.86); Funk (100 Breaststroke; 1:01.43), Caudill (50 Butterfly; 24.08), Whitaker (3-Meter Diving; 296.40) and Caudill (100 IM; 53.67).
Dustin Fulkerson, Jim Lullo, Tommie Cuticchia and Schum combined to post the top-time in the 400 freestyle relay at 3:19.10.
Tracy was BSU's top finisher in the 500 freestyle, claiming second with a clocking of 5:02.11.
The Ball State swimming and diving program will conclude the home portion of its 2005-06 schedule Wednesday, when both the men and the women host IUPUI at the Lewellen Aquatic Center at 6 p.m.
Miami 115, Ohio 87
OXFORD, Ohio - On Senior Day at the Nixon Aquatic Center, the Miami University men's swimming and diving team (4-3; 3-1 MAC) received a strong performance from senior Scott Robson (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) and cruised to a 115-87 win over the Ohio Bobcats. With the win, Miami finishes its regular season with a record above .500 for the third consecutive year and the seventh time in the past eight seasons.
Miami honored its eight-member senior class prior to the meet, and in its final career home meet, the class of 2006 accounted for three individual wins, including nine top-three finishes. Robson finished as the only Miami swimmer with multiple wins, posting victories in the 200 individual medley and 500 free.
The RedHawks opened the meet with a one-two finish in the 200 medley relay, with its "A" relay team notching a first-place time of 1:34.31. Ohio followed with a win in the 1,000 free to tie the meet at 18-18, and freshman Jason Bank (Farmington Hills, Mich.) finished as the top Miami swimmer in the event with a season-best and second-place time of 9:49.74.
Miami responded with a one-two finish in the 200 free as junior Paul Ricard (Bowling Green, Ohio) and freshman Nick DuPuis (Atlanta, Ga.) finished first and second, respectively. Ricard clocked in at 1:43.92, while DuPuis touched the wall in 1:45.44.
After placing three of the top four swimmers in the 50 free, Miami grabbed a 54-39 lead as Robson and senior Brian O'Rourke (Beverly Hills, Mich.) combined for another one-two Miami finish, this time in the 200 IM. Robson turned in a first-place time of 1:56.74, with O'Rourke touching the wall behind him in 1:57.80.
Another Miami one-two finish in the 200 fly extended Miami's advantage to 69-43 as Michael Donohoe (Columbus, Ohio) and Ricard took the race's top two spots. The RedHawks posted their third of five straight victories when junior Justin Marcy (Dayton Beach, Fla.) posted a first-place time of 46.28 in the 100 free.
Senior Andrew O'Neill (Rockaway, N.J.) followed with a season-best and team-best time of 1:56.79 in his 200 back victory, and Robson's win in the 500 free (4:41.95) pushed Miami's lead to 104-65. Ohio followed with a win in the 200 breast, but Miami sealed it third conference win of the season with its "A" relay team taking the top spot in the 800 free relay with a time of 7:07.04
Both diving events were scored as exhibitions and not included in the team scoring, but Miami tallied strong showings in both the one- and three-meter boards. Freshman Chris Heaton (Centerville, Ohio) took the top spot on the one-meter board (310.2), and senior Zach Niehaus (Taylor Mill, Ky.) tallied a top finish in the three-meter dive (327.23).
Miami now has more than a month off before it travels to Athens, Ohio for the MAC Championships March 2-4.