Oct. 7, 2009
OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami men’s swimming team dives into regular season competition this weekend with a road trip to the University of Evansville on Friday and Southern Illinois on Saturday.
The Purple Aces and Salukis are familiar foes for the RedHawks, both of whom faced Miami while competing in the Sun Belt/MAC Championship meet the last two years. This year, Evansville and Southern Illinois will compete in the Mid-American Conference after signing six-year contracts to join the league.
Last year, the Red and White opened the season at home against Evansville with a dominating 148-84 victory, but this year’s Purple Aces are improved and should challenge the young RedHawks.
Last year’s win gave head coach Pete Lindsay his 144th dual meet triumph, tying him for first all-time in Miami’s history.
Friday’s meet starts at 7 p.m. at Evansville’s Wyttenbach Pool.
After the meet, the team will make the two and a half hour trip to Carbondale, Ill. to take on the Salukis at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Dr. Edward J. Shea Natatorium.
Southern Illinois will host the MAC Championship meet every other year, starting in 2011.
At last year’s conference championship meet SIU finished fifth overall, just two spots ahead of Miami. This year the RedHawks look to be more evenly matched with the Salukis.
“We gained 10 very talented freshmen,” assistant coach John Janszen said. “I think it should develop into a good, healthy rivalry.”
Overall, the weekend will be good learning experience for the team.
“It’s a good opportunity for the younger guys to see the teams in our conference,” Janszen said. “Plus we get to see two of the new MAC teams.”