Miami Men Enter MAC Competition

March 1, 2011

OXFORD, Ohio--The Miami University men's swimming and diving team will head to Southern Illinois University's campus in Carbondale, Illinois for the Mid-American Conference Championships this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (March 3-5).

Judging by the best times recorded so far in conference play, Miami should be competitive in several events. In fact, RedHawk swimmers hold the top times for four of those events, the one and three meter dive, 500 freestyle, and 800 freestyle relay.

Junior James Beres (Columbus) holds the best score for both of the diving competitions with a score of 388.3 in the one meter dive and 423.45 in the three meter dive.

Sophomore Alex Reinhardt (Littleton, CO) holds the top mark in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:36.17.

The 800 freestyle relay team consists of junior Chris Gunnels (Chapel Hill, NC), sophomore Anderson Whipp (Fort Wayne, IN), sophomore Ian Joyce (Hampden, MA), and junior Brendan Melling (Solon) and their time was 6:48.27.

Gunnels is also the third-fastest MAC swimmer in the 100 and 200 freestyle with times of 45.93 and 1:41.77, respectively. In the 50 freestyle, sophomore Lucas Rhodenbaugh (Cincinnati) has one of the fastest times in the MAC this year at 20.92.

Senior Jason Hass (Jackson, MI) currently has the second-fastest time in the 200 butterfly at 1:51.54 and is only .24 seconds behind the top time currently held by Eastern Michigan University swimmer Owen Gray. Lastly, Melling is in the top five in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:41.16, so the RedHawks have plenty of swimmers with the opportunity to win events in Carbondale.


Favorites in the MAC field: "It sort of shapes up like it did last year. Eastern Michigan is still very strong. Buffalo has some strong swimmers, but not quite the depth that Eastern has. So, it would take some real strong performances for Buffalo to bump off Eastern. Miami will be in a tight three-way race with Missouri State and Southern Illinois. Unfortunately, we don't have Cameron Horner this year. He contributed some significant diving points, but I think we've made up for that with some talented incoming freshmen. Sean Minderlein is about as strong a distance swimmer as a freshman as Alex Reinhardt was last year. We're also stronger in the stroke events than we were last year."

50 free: "Luke Rhodenbaugh has put in a lot of work on his turns and his starts, so he's our best bet at 50 yards. Mark Healey isn't too far behind Luke, but he might be better at middle distances. We're hoping that both Luke and Mark will be top-eight point producers."

100 free: "Chris Gunnels is still trying to decide whether to swim the 100 free or the 200 backstroke. He's primarily been a backstroker for us, but he's had some very good hundred freestyle races this year. The 100 free is Healey's event, so good turns and a good finish will make a difference for him."

200 free: "Gunnels, Anderson Whipp, Ian Joyce and Brendan Melling are in a cluster. The 200 will be pretty tight and I think we'll end up with a good 800 freestyle relay with the depth that we've got."

500 free: "Alex Reinhardt is the defending champion in the 500 free. Last year, similar to this year, he wasn't highly ranked going into the conference meet and yet he won the race. He tapers very, very well."

1650 free: "We swim the mile at the MAC meet and I think that Minderlein, Melling, Reinhardt and Darin Smith all are good entries."

100 and 200 backstroke: "Again, we're deciding whether Chris (Gunnels) will swim the 200 back or the 200 freestyle. Tommy Janszen, Joyce, Mike Klein, Matt McKee and Sam Flessner will be in this event, so we'll be fairly strong. We could put up some times that we haven't seen so far."

100 and 200 breaststroke: "We're a little weak this year at breaststroke. Jonathan Profitt, one of our rookies, has a chance to score some points for us. We'll also enter Whipp and Ryan Neff, and they'll need to swim their best races of the year."

100 and 200 butterfly: "Senior Jason Hass has the second-best time in the 200 butterfly, so we're looking for him to swim well this weekend. Mike Cavanaugh will also get his chance in the fly events."

Individual medley: "Whipp, Melling, Hass, Smith and Minderlein all will swim the IM events for us."

Diving: "Jimmy Beres should be in the thick of it for top-two, top-three on both boards. Chris Hoppler and Michael Grainger are both capable of finishing in the top eight. Buffalo, Eastern and Miami have the strongest diving squads."


The complete schedule of events:

Thursday, March 3

Prelims - 12 p.m.

500 yard freestyle

200 yard individual medley

50 yard freestyle

1-Meter Diving Prelims (1-Meter consolation finals (9-16th places) will follow prelims)

Finals - 7 p.m.

Championship Heat - 200 yard Freestyle Relay

Consolation Final Heat - 500 yard Free

Championship Heat - 500 yard Free Consolation

Final Heat - 200 yard IM

Championship Heat - 200 yard

IM Consolation Final Heat - 50 yard Free

Championship Heat - 50 yard

Free 1-Meter Diving Finals Championship

Heat - 400 yard Medley Relay


Friday, March 4 -

Prelims - 12 p.m.

400 IM

100 yard Butterfly

200 yard Freestyle

100 yard Breaststroke

100 yard Backstroke

3-Meter Diving Prelims

Finals - 7 p.m.

Championship Heat - 200 yard Medley Relay

Consolation Final Heat - 400 yard Individual Medley

Championship Heat - 400 yard Individual Medley

Consolation Final Heat - 100 yard Butterfly

Championship Heat - 100 yard Butterfly

Consolation Final Heat - 200 yard Freestyle

Championship Heat - 200 yard Freestyle

Consolation Final Heat - 100 Breaststroke

Championship Heat - 100 Breaststroke

Consolation Final Heat - 100 yard Backstroke Championship

Heat - 100 yard Backstroke


Saturday, March 5 -

Prelims - 12 p.m.

200 yard Backstroke

100 yard Freestyle

200 yard Breaststroke

200 yard Butterfly

Finals - 7 p.m.

Championship Heat - 1650 yard Freestyle

Consolation Final Heat - 200 yard Backstroke

Championship Heat - 200 yard Backstroke

Consolation Final Heat - 100 yard Freestyle Championship

Heat - 100 yard Freestyle

Consolation Final Heat - 200 yard Breaststroke

Championship Heat - 200 yard Breaststroke Consolation

Final Heat - 200 yard Butterfly Championship

Heat - 200 yard Butterfly

3-Meter Diving Championship

Final - 400 yard Free Relay