Miami Finishes Fifth at MAC Championships

March 3, 2012

Complete Results

OXFORD, Ohio - Miami Men's Swimming and Diving finished fifth at the MAC Championships as Eastern Michigan rallied past Buffalo for the league championship Saturday night at the Nixon Aquatic Center. Senior James Beres led the RedHawks as he earned his second runner-up finish of the meet en route to Second Team All-MAC honors.

Beres led the trio of Miami divers on the three-meter board as he finished in second with a score of 385.90. Junior Chris Hoppler finished fourth with a score of 369.60 and Michael Grainger earned sixth-place with 345.35.

The RedHawks also had strong championship-heat performances from junior Alex Reinhardt, freshman Joe Baumgartner and senior captain Chris Gunnels. Reinhardt swam to a sixth-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a time of 15:49.31 to join Beres on the All-MAC Second Team. Baumgartner also earned a spot on the conference's Second Team as he led Miami in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing sixth in a time of 44.53. Gunnels swam a career-best in the morning prelims of the 200-yard backstroke at 1:48.94 before holding onto his seventh-place spot in the evening finals of the event with a time of 1:49.24.

Other top finishers for the RedHawks were freshman Sam Crockett (2:01.69) in 10th place in the 200-yard breaststroke and sophomore Michael Cavanaugh (1:51.27) in 11th in the 200-yard butterfly.

Eastern Michigan held a slim lead entering Saturday's events, but Buffalo closed the gap to one point with wins in the 800-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relays. The Bulls took the lead after the 200-yard backstroke when they placed three swimmers in the top six and held onto it through the next three events.

The Eagles retook the lead after the three-meter diving finals when they placed three in the top eight, including the event winner while the Bulls' top diver finished 16th. Buffalo won the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, but it wasn't enough to make up the deficit as Eastern Michigan held on for the championship.

2012 Final Team Standings
Eastern Michigan - 693.5
Buffalo - 674.5
Southern Illinois - 596
Missouri State - 558
Miami - 472
Ball State - 229
Evansville - 98

2012 MAC Swimming and Diving Awards
2012 Men's Outstanding Swimmer of the Year - Jacob Hanson, Eastern Michigan
2012 MAC Men's Outstanding Diver - Jeff Craig, Eastern Michigan
2012 MAC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year - Rick Walker, Southern Illinois University
2012 MAC Men's Diving Coach of the Year - Buck Smith, Eastern Michigan

2012 Men's Swimming and Diving All-MAC First Team
Mike Dugan, Buffalo
Matt Hogan, Buffalo
Josh Meints, Buffalo
Matt Schwippert, Buffalo
Jeff Craig, Eastern Michigan
Troy Esentan, Eastern Michigan
Jacob Hanson, Eastern Michigan
Franco Petrone, Eastern Michigan
Andrew Saunders, Eastern Michigan
Vitalii Baryshok, Missouri State
Paul Le, Missouri State
Jared Roberts, Missouri State
Juan Arbelaez Osorio, Southern Illinois
Matt Parsons, Southern Illinois
Justin Wolfe, Southern Illinois

2012 Men's Swimming and Diving All-MAC Second Team
Chris Krupa, Ball State
Jared Heine, Buffalo
Cory Zorsch, Buffalo
Mike Fisher, Eastern Michigan
Brian Moore, Eastern Michigan
Mike Swain, Eastern Michigan
Joe Baumgartner, Miami
Jimmy Beres, Miami
Alex Reinhardt, Miami
Chris Carpenter, Missouri State
Caleb Schuermann, Missouri State
El Badrawi, Southern Illinois
Csaba Gercsak, Southern Illinois
Cesar Perez-Martinez, Southern Illinois
Steve Wood, Southern Illinois