Dec. 4, 2009
OXFORD, Ohio--It was a busy morning at the Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center, with the preliminaries being held for six men's events. With the completion of these events, it was determined that a total of 24 men's swimmers for the RedHawks will be competing in the finals tonight with a chance to gain some much-needed ground on the competition.
The day began with the 200-yard butterfly, as Jason Hass set a season-best time of 1:53.68 to qualify for the championship heat. He was joined by teammates Rob Jackson and Matt Grubb in swimming season-bests, who will both lead the way in the consolation heats along with Ryan Neff, Alex Reinhardt, and Kegan Rogers.
Another bright spot for Miami was in the 100-yard breaststroke where Michael Carroll finished with a time of 59.37 that qualified him to represent the RedHawks in the championship. Austin Kosier swam a season-best time of 1:00.48 to just miss the championship cut-off line. He looks to have another strong showing tonight in the consolation final.
Miami's final representative in the championship heats is Chris Gunnels in the 100-yard backstroke. The sophomore touched the wall in a time of 52.84 to edge out two Denison competitors.
Meanwhile, the final event of the morning was the 50-yard freestyle. Miami will have numerous swimmers in the consolation heats tonight but the morning session belonged to Josh Schneider of Cincinnati. The senior came in almost two full seconds ahead of the second-place finisher in the event with a time of 19.45, narrowly missing out on the meet record of 19.38 which he set last year.
Numerous season and personal-bests were set this morning for Miami, including Brent Curtis in the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.85), Darin Smith in the 400-yard individual medley (4:10.68), Ryan Neff (2:02.00) and Alex Reinhardt (2:02.09) in the 200 butterfly, and Tommy Janszen (53.63) and Matt Grubb (54.10) in the 100 backstroke.
The meet resumes with the finals tonight at 6 p.m. The admission charge for both Friday's morning and evening sessions is $5. Heat sheets for the evening session are $2.
Just prior to Saturday night's finals, there will be a diving exhibition featuring a touring group of young Olympic hopefuls from China, youth diving elite from the United States, former RedHawk standout Chris Heaton, and members of Miami's men's and women's diving teams.