Men's Swimming & Diving Championship Preview

Updated 3/3/2005

March 3, 2005

Miami University hosts the 2005 Mid-American Conference Men's Swimming & Diving Championships at the Nixon Aquatic Center Thurs.-Sat., Mar. 3-5, on its campus in Oxford Ohio. The Championships start each day, Thursday through Saturday, at noon with preliminary events and again at 7 p.m. with finals in those events. Diving begins in the break after the preliminary swimming events have completed.

Eastern Michigan will look to repeat after winning the 2003-04 championships with a total of 1010 points, followed by Miami (699), Ball State (592), Ohio (515) and Buffalo (322).

Eastern Michigan finished the 2004-05 regular season with a 7-2 record, including a perfect 4-0 league mark. EMU's final MAC squad has been out of action since Feb. 11 when they defeated Ball State to win the regular season title. The Eagles will be attempting to capture its sixth consecutive MAC team title, and its 24th in the past 27 seasons.

Last season, Ball State finished the meet with eight individual top-five finishes and five relay top-five times. Junior Kurtis Leer is back for the Cardinals after posting a second-place finish at the 2003-04 MAC Championships in the 100 freestyle with a time of 45.48.

Buffalo and head coach Budd Termin finished the 2004-05 campaign at 3-4 with a 1-3 MAC record. The Bulls are coming off a 12th place finish among 24 scoring teams at the ECAC Championships last weekend. Senior Mark Sy was selected as Swimmer of the Week twice this season and will look to lead the Bulls to a better finish at this year's Championships.

Miami and head coach Pete Lindsay will look for their first team title since 1999. Eastern Michigan has won 23 of the last 25 titles, and the RedHawks are the only team to keep that from being a perfect quarter century. Miami won the league meet in 1997 and 1999. Senior diver Peter Donohue is Miami's only returning individual champion, having taken the one-meter board with 308.35 points.

The Ohio Bobcats will be led this weekend by top regular season performers Donald Jupp, Mike Shelby, Luke Herlehy, and Richard Wade. Jupp enters the weekend ranked fifth in the league in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.18 and 10th in the 100 freestyle at 47.48. Shelby is currently ranked second in the MAC in the 100 butterfly with a 50.71, while Herlehy is among the league leaders in each of the distance freestyle events. Wade enters the weekend ranked third in the one-meter dive with a season-high score of 301.80 and has turned in the seventh-best league score in the three-meter event with a 430.70 tally.

Adults can buy all-session passes to the meet for $25 or pay $5 for single session entry. College students and those between 12-17 years of age can purchase tickets for $3 each, and those under 12 are $2 each. Heat sheets and color meet programs will also be on sale at the meet.

Fans can follow the action in the 2005 MAC Championships from the Miami website (muredhawks.com) or on the official site of the Mid-American Conference (mac-sports.com).