Feb. 4, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio - Miami's men's swimming and diving team had one of its best overall efforts of the season Saturday (Feb. 4), but it wasn't enough to stop Eastern Michigan from winning its 60th consecutive Mid-American Conference dual meet by a score of 176.5 to 123.5.
Five RedHawk seniors were honored prior to the competition. Recognized with their parents before the Nixon Aquatic Center crowd were JIM BERES (Columbus), Chris Gunnels (Chapel Hill, NC), Brendan Melling (Solon), Ryan Neff (Chesterland) and Kegan Rogers (Libertyville, IL).
Beres and Gunnels were the team's most successful competitors. Beres won both the one- and three-meter diving events, while Gunnels captured the 200 freestyle and swam the opening leg of Miami's winning 400 freestyle relay.
In the first event of the day, the 200 medley relay, Eastern Michigan jumped off to a 15-2 lead after Miami's `A' team disqualified on the final leg. EMU continued its dominance in the 1000 freestyle, finishing one-two-three. Senior Brendan Melling and junior Alex Reinhardt (Littleton, CO) placed fourth and fifth.
Gunnels captured the 200 freestyle and scored nine points with a season-best time of 1:41.71, just eight/100ths of a second ahead of EMU's Oded Ivry. RedHawk Ian Joyce (Hampden, MA) had a season-best time of 1:43.99, placing fourth.
In event five, the 100 breaststroke, Miami's Jonathan Profitt (Wyoming) placed fourth with a season-best time of 58.69. Teammate Will Olson (Hopkinton, MA) finished sixth in 59.17, also a season-best.
The 200 butterfly saw two RedHawks record season-bests. Michael Cavanaugh (Bowling Green) placed second, touching the wall in 1:52.64, while MAX CAIN (Louisville, KY) finished fourth with a time of 1:56.78.
Miami's Dan Nemeth touched the wall first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.98. Freshman Joe Baumgartner (St. Louis, MO) was third. At that point in team scoring, EMU led Miami by a score of 84-47.
The one-meter diving competition saw two-time Mid-American Conference Diver of the Year Jim Beresw blitz his competition with a winning score of 373.80, 67 points better than EMU's runner-up.
In the 100 free, RedHawks Baugartner, Gunnels and Nemeth placed second, third and fourth, respectively.
Miami's Joyce, Flessner and Kline finished third, fourth and fifth in the 200 backstroke.
In the 200 breaststroke, MU's Melling placed third with a season-best time of 2:08.58. RedHawks Sam Crockett (Louisville, KY) placed fourth in a season-best time of 2:10.43, while Sean Sullivan (Huntington, NY) was seventh in a season-best 2:13.73.
Season-best times continued in the 500 freestyle as Reinhardt (4:39.17) and ANDY KILKENNY (Manchester, MO, 4:41.60) placed second and third, respectively.
In the 100 butterfly, Cavanaugh (51.11) and Rogers (52.25) finished second and third for the RedHawks. Both of their times were season bests , with Rogers' clocking also a lifetime best.
Beres continued his dominance in the three-meter diving event, nipping EMU competitor Andrew Saunders by a score of 370.27 to 368.78.
In the 200 individual medley, Melling was runner-up, scoring four points with a time of 1:55.99.
Miami capped the day with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay. Gunnels, Baumgartner, Cavanaugh and Nemeth posted a season-best time of 3:05.02, more than three seconds faster than EMU's `A' team.
Overall, Miami coach Pete Lindsay was pleased with his team's performance. "On the whole, we swam very well," said Lindsay. "Several of our swimmers had season bests. We had some mistakes on our relays. Maybe were were a little over excited, so we have to correct that before the MAC meet."
EMU improved its dual-meet record to 4-3, while Miami fell to 5-7.
The RedHawks host the MAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championships on March 1-3.