Dec. 1, 2006
OXFORD, Ohio - Freshman Karen Frazier broke her own school record in the 100 breaststroke and the Miami University women's swimming and diving team posted 16 "A" final finishes as it jumped from ninth to first on day two of the 13th Annual Miami Invitational. Heading into the final day, Miami leads second-place Truman State by 141 points.
After clocking in at 1:04.04 and resetting the Miami 100 breaststroke record in this morning's prelims, Frazier one-upped herself in Friday's finals, touching the wall with a NCAA "B" cut of 1:03.41. It was the fourth time this season Frazier tied or set the varsity record in the 100 breaststroke, and since she set foot in Oxford, Frazier has lowered the school record by eight-tenths of a second.
The RedHawks opened day two of the invite with a bang, placing first in the 200 freestyle relay. The "A" relay team of Margaret Patrick, Allison Stevens, Kristen Bezier and Jen Nemeth sprinted to a first-place time of 1:34.75. Miami's "B" relay team also added a seventh-place finish.
Miami placed two swimmers in the "A" final of the 200 butterfly, with Ashley Seymour finishing as the top RedHawk. Seymour clocked in with a fourth-place time of 2:06.07, and Diana Zeleznikar added a sixth-place time of 2:06.96. Allison Stevens then followed with a third-place finish in the 200 freestyle, touching the wall in 1:52.58. Miami also placed two swimmers in the "B" final and one swimmer in the "C" final as it climbed up to third place in the team standings.
Frazier paced a strong showing the 100 breaststroke with her school-record swim, and she was part of a 1-2 Miami finish in the "A" final as Kristen Bezier placed second with a time of 1:05.02. Frazier and Bezier were two of five Miamians to place in the finals, as Miami surged to second in the team standings. The RedHawks further narrowed the gap on Truman State when Tenley Marsteller placed fifth in the "A" final of the 100 backstroke.
Frazier came back after her record-setting performance to finish second in the "A" final of the 400 individual medley, clocking in with a time of 4:30.50. Seymour added her second top-five time of night as well, finishing just off Frazier's pace with a fourth-place time of 4:31.59.
In the sprints, Patrick turned in a third-place time of 23.88 in the 50 freestyle, as she was one of eight RedHawks among the top 27 finishers. Miami also placed three swimmers in the "B" final, paced by Nemeth's 11th-place finish, and four swimmers in the "C" final. The final swimming event of the session had Miami place second and seventh in the 400 medley relay.
In the 3-meter dive, Melissa Roemmele joined Frazier as the only two Miamians to win an event. Roemmele posted a first-place score of 280.85 and was one of four Miami divers to advance to the 3-meter finals. The RedHawks totaled 117 points and the boards and overtook Truman State in the standings with their diving effort.
The final day of the Miami Invitational kicks off tomorrow with the prelims at 9 a.m. and the finals at 6 p.m. The events scheduled for tomorrow are as follows: 200 medley relay, 200 backstroke, 500 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 breaststroke, 100 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 400 freestyle relay and the 1- and 3-meter dives. Live stats are available through MURedHawks.com.