Feb. 18, 2004
This Week: Miami University's men's swimming and diving team travels to Indianapolis for the annual Midwest Conference Classic, Feb. 19-21. The MCC serves as a final tune-up for the RedHawks, who compete at the MAC Championships, March 4-6.
Scouting the Field: Among the teams joining Miami at the Midwest Conference Classic are Eastern Michigan, Valparaiso, IUPUI,Western Illinois and Vincennes. The RedHawks are coming off a dual-meet loss to Eastern Michigan, and are the only team to top the Eagles at the MAC Championships since 1982. The MCC is the lone post-season meet for Valpo, IUPUI and Western Illinois, all members of the Mid-Continent Conference, which holds its conference meet in December.
Last Time Out: In a first-place showdown with Eastern Michigan, the RedHawks held their own, winning six-of-13 events. In the end it was not enough, as EMU came away with a 147-96 victory.
Leading Miami was senior Andrew Keefe (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) who won a pair of events on Senior Day. In his final home meet, Keefe topped the field in both the 100 and 200 freestyle events. From the other side of the collegiate food chain, freshmen Paul Ricard (Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green) and Griffin Marshall (Plano, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) did their best to send the seniors out on top, winning the 1,000 free and 200 breaststroke, respectively.
MCC 2001, Revisited: A trio of current RedHawks put together memorable performances the last time Miami traveled to the Midwest Conference Classic. Senior Mike Pater (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) posted a pair of fourth place finishes in the 100 and 400 individual medleys in his sophomore campaign. Juniors Dan Guibord (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) and Dustin Snow (Dublin, Ohio/St. Charles) also posted a pair of top-five finishes as freshmen. Guibord took second in the 500 free and fourth in the 1,650 free, while Snow took fourth in both the 100 and 200 breast.
Making It Count: In his final collegiate home meet, senior Andrew Keefe won two events to help the RedHawks take six-of-13 events. Keefe took top honors in both the 100 and 200 freestyle and continued his solid senior campaign. This season, he has taken first place 15 times, in seven different events. Keefe had the most success in the 100 and 200 free events, where he won four and five events, respectively. A MAC Swimmer of the Week (Nov. 3), Keefe won three events at three dual meets, and two events at three more.
Mid-Major: Miami currently sits in fourth place in the most recent CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major poll. Among teams that have entered their team scores, the RedHawks are fourth with 243.15 points behind Western Kentucky (3rd place- 245.47 points), Southwest Missouri State (2nd- 245.47) and last year's MAC Champions, Eastern Michigan in first with 249.85 points. The Mid-Major Poll consists of 22 conferences that are excluded from lucrative football and basketball television contracts.
Up Next: After a short break, the RedHawks hit the road for Ypsilanti, Mich., for the MAC Championships, March 4-6. The conference meet closes out the season for Miami, unless there are any NCAA qualifiers.