The Mid American Conference released its 2006 preseason poll on Monday, October 25. The preseason poll, voted on by the head coaches, named Eastern Michigan men’s swimming team as the winner of both the regular season and the MAC Championship.
The Eagles, who took second place at the 2006 MAC Championship, look to reclaim its position at the top. Head coach Peter Linn, returns first team All-MAC selections Jason Piercey, Preston Revere, Dan Wohl, Ryan Fulkerson and Mark Kuntzer. Also returning are second team All-MAC selections Steven Hill, Steven Bowling, Donald Ellison and Andy Gantzer..
Miami University, which won the MAC Swimming Championship last year, was tabbed to finish second for the 2006 regular season. Peter Lindsay, Miami’s head coach, was named Coach of the year for 2006. First team All-MAC selections Paul Ricard and Chris Heaton will return for another season for the RedHawks. Miami won 10 out of 20 events last year and took home four of the five specialty awards as well. Coach Lindsay will return eight All-MAC selections.
Ohio University was voted to finish third by the MAC head coaches. The Bobcats placed third at last year’s championship and set 71 personal best records. Ohio will return seven starters this season and welcome 13 freshmen.
Ball State University was selected to finish fourth for the upcoming season. Finishing in fourth place in 2005, Ball State looks to move up within the conference with the help of its 12 returning starters . The University at Buffalo was chosen to finish in fifth place for the 2006-2007 season. The bulls ended last season with a fifth place finish at the MAC Championship. Buffalo will welcome 13 newcomers and will host the 2007 MAC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. on February 22-24.