ATHENS, Ohio - After the first day of competition at the MAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, the Miami RedHawks lead with a total of 163 points.
The University of Toledo started off the night with a victory as Brie Henning, Liz Hinckleman, Jennifer Patterson and Emily Markovich captured the title in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:34.31. The Rockets 200-yard freestyle victory is the first in school history at the MAC Championships and breaks Ohio's seven year streak of winning the event.
Marshall's Erika Nilsson became the first member of the Thundering Herd to win the 500-yard freestyle title at the MAC Championships with a NCAA section B qualifying standard of 4:52.95. Ohio's Ilse Peterson finished second and also posted an NCAA section B qualifying time of 4:53.16, while Bowling Green's Caroline Keating finished third with a time of 4:54.53.
Buffalo's Jennefer Brankovsky took home her second 200-yard individual medley title in the last three years after posting a NCAA section B time of 2:02.94. Marshall's Milla Kuurto finished second in a time of 2:03.69 and Michaela Hahn-Lawson took home third place in 2:03.98 -- both times were NCAA section B qualifying standards.
UT captured its second title of the night after Markovich won the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 23.66. Markovich became the first in Toledo school history to win the event at the MAC Championships.
Miami's Chirstin Eberst won the 1-meter diving competition with a six dive score of 282.80. Akron's Lindsey Power finished second with a score of 261.20, while Eastern Michigan's Gretchen Plamondon took home third place with a score of 259.25.
The night was capped off by the Ohio Bobcat relay team of Melissa Dunn, Hahn-Lawson, Barbara de Sa and Peterson, who took home first place in the 400 medley relay in a time of 3:49.11.
Ohio (146.50), Eastern Michigan (140), Toledo (134.50), Bowling Green (132), Ball State (119), Marshall (112), Akron (96) and Buffalo (85) trail the RedHawks after day one competition.
The championships resume Friday at 11 a.m. with preliminary action, while the finals are slated for 7 p.m.
For complete results visit the Mid-American Conference website (mac-sports.com) or the Ohio University Athletics website (ohiobobcats.com).
1. Miami - 163
2. Ohio - 146.50
3. Eastern Michigan - 140
4. Toledo - 134.50
5. Bowling Green - 132
6. Ball State - 119
7. Marshall -112
8. Akron - 96
9. Buffalo - 85