Men's Swimming & Diving Returns To Action Against Local Rivals

Nov. 17, 2003

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2003-2004 Overall Record: 2-1 * 2003-2004 MAC Record: 2-0

This Week: Miami returns to the pool after a two-week lay-off for a dual meet at Wright State on Friday, before returning home to host local-rival Xavier on Saturday. The RedHawks and Raiders hit the pool at 4 p.m. on Friday in Dayton, while the Musketeers join Miami at the Nixon Center on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Last Time Out: The RedHawks moved to 2-0 in conference action with a 136-105 dual-meet win over Ball State at the Nixon Aquatic Center on Nov. 15. The RedHawks fell behind early, but posted the top three scores in the one-meter diving event, then had the first three finishers in the 200 butterfly to spark the comeback.

Junior Peter Donohue (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) posted the MAC's top scores in both the one- and three-meter diving events in his first meet of the season, including a score of 323.85 from the one-meter board. Senior Andrew Keefe (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) won three events, while freshmen Paul Ricard (Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green) and Griffin Marshall (Dallas, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) remained undefeated on the season in their respective events to fuel the RedHawk attack. Ricard won his third 500 freestyle race in as many tries, while Marshall picked up the third breaststroke win of the season.

Diving Right In: Junior Peter Donohue got his season off on the right foot, winning both diving events against Ball State in his first meet of the season. In the one-meter event, posting a MAC-high score of 323.85. Off the three-meter board, Donohue again paced the field with the conference's top score. His one-meter score eclipsed the early season's previous best score by over 50 points. For his performance, Donohue was named the MAC Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week on Nov. 10.

Fast Freshmen: Freshmen Paul Ricard and Griffin Marshall pushed their records to 3-0 in their marquee events with wins over Ball State on Nov. 15. Ricard, a distance specialist, won each of his first three 500 free events of this season, and won his only attempt in the 1000 free. Marshall, on the other hand, has won all three breast events this season, claiming the 100 breast at Cleveland State, before picking up 200 breast wins at Buffalo and against Ball State.

Super Senior: A reason for the RedHawks' quick start this season is the performance of senior Andrew Keefe. After picking up a win in the 200 freestyle and second-place showing in the 100 free, Keefe has posted wins in three events at each of Miami's last two meets. At Buffalo, Keefe won both the 100 and 200 free, as well as the 400 free relay. Keefe picked up another first-place finish with the 400 free relay, and also won the 50 and 100 free events. He has won his last six individual and relay events, while winning seven-of-nine events overall on the season.

Preseason Poll: Miami was picked to finish third at this year's MAC Championships according to a preseason poll conducted among MAC coaches. The RedHawks, who finished fourth at last year's meet, were picked behind defending champion Eastern Michigan and Ball State. EMU will be seeking its league-record 23rd MAC crown, while BSU was picked to repeat its second-place finish of a year ago. Buffalo and Ohio rounded out the poll, being picked fourth and fifth, respectively.

Up Next: Miami takes another two weeks off before hosting the Miami Invitational, Dec. 5-7. Eleven teams will ascend on Oxford for the annual three-day event.