Miami Finishes Fifth at MAC Championships
March 3, 2012
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.
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
2012 MAC Swimming and Diving Awards
2012 Men's Swimming and Diving All-MAC First Team
2012 Men's Swimming and Diving All-MAC Second Team