Feb. 16, 2007
YPSILANTI, Mich. - Freshman Karen Frazier won the conference title in the 100 breaststroke and Miami's 400 medley relay team set a new school record in its first-place finish as the women's swimming and diving team concluded day three of the 2007 Mid-American Conference Swimming and Diving Championships. Miami remains in third place after the third day of competition with 380.5 points, with both second-place Ohio (413 points) and first-place Eastern Michigan (421 points) in front of the RedHawks in the standings.
Frazier, who is competing at her first conference meet, took home Miami's first individual MAC title, as she clocked in with a first-place time of 1:03.70 in the 100 breaststroke. Frazier was part of a 1-2 Miami finish in the 100 breaststroke as junior Kristen Bezier, who was the 2006 MAC Champion in the event, placed second with a time of 1:04.12. Bezier's time was the second-fastest 100 breaststroke clocking in program history, trailing only Frazier's school-record time of 1:03.41.
Miami wrapped up its second relay title of the meet when its "A" relay team touched the wall in the 400 medley relay with a school-record time of 3:48.10. Sophomore Malarie Schmidt and Frazier swam the first two legs of the relay, while junior Kathryn Stephens and sophomore Allison Stevens capped the title-winning swim. The first-place time wrapped up a Miami sweep of the medley relay events, as the RedHawks also placed first in the 200 medley relay on the meet's opening day.
In addition to helping Miami win a MAC relay title, Stephens finished as the MAC runner-up in the 100 butterfly, as she clocked in with a time of 56.68. Her time ranks third in program history for the event. Also scoring in the 100 butterfly were Stevens in ninth (57.00) and senior Diana Zeleznikar in 11th (58.10). Stevens' time, which won the consolation final, was the ninth-fastest in program history.
The 100 backstroke was another strong event for Miami on day three, as Schmidt finished third (57.17) with the seventh-fastest Miami time ever in the event. Sophomores Tenley Marsteller and Alyson Schmidt also added scoring finishes in the event, placing eighth (59.10) and 10th (58.61), respectively.
Miami had three swimmers score in the 400 individual medley, led by senior Ashley Seymour's fifth-place time (4:29.41). Sophomore Jenn Flaherty and senior Ashley Petak both placed in the consolation final of the event, finishing ninth (4:32.71) and 13th (4:34.77), respectively. The RedHawks also had a pair of swimmers place in the consolation final of the 200 freestyle, as sophomore Jennifer Nemeth finished 14th (1:54.24) and Stevens touched the wall in 15th (1:54.31).
The final two scoring swimmers of the meet for Miami were both in the consolation final of the 100 breaststroke, as sophomore Paige Iversen placed 10th (1:05.91) and Petak finished 14th (1:07.91).
The final day of the MAC Championships kicks of tomorrow at 11 a.m. in Ypsilanti. The finals get underway at 7 p.m.
TEAM STANDINGS THROUGH DAY THREE
2007 MAC Championship Results After Day Three (13 events):
1. Eastern Michigan - 421
2. Ohio - 413
3. Miami - 380.5
4. Toledo - 270.5
5. Akron - 262
6. Bowling Green - 247
7. Ball State - 206
8. Buffalo - 139
DAY FOUR SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday, February 17
Swimming prelims 11 a.m.
- 1650-yard freestyle - Event 15
- 200-yard backstroke - Event 16
- 100-yard freestyle - Event 17
- 200-yard breaststroke - Event 18
- 200-yard butterfly - Event 19
- 400-yard freestyle Relay - Event 20
Opening ceremonies 6:45 p.m.
Swimming finals 7 p.m.
Final awards ceremony 9:15 p.m.