Dec. 5, 2004
OXFORD, Ohio - Day Three of the Miami Invitational proved to be a formality on the women's side as the RedHawk swimming and diving squad eased to victory by 270.5 points over second-place Kenyon College. The Red and White bested eight other schools, including Marshall, Louisville, Ohio State, Cleveland State, Johns Hopkins, Wheeling Jesuit and Cincinnati.
Senior Julie Madden (Canton, Ohio/Hawken) started off the night with a fourth-place finish in the 1650 Free in 17:26.77. Fellow senior Trisha Lamb (Oregon, Ohio/Notre Dame Academy) finished third in the 200 Back (2:05.72), the following event, just ahead of junior Maggi Bulla (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline), who took fourth (2:06.29), as two A-finalists for the Red and White.
But Miami topped that in the next event, the 100 Free, as three A-finalists had a red "M" on their caps, led by sophomore Margaret Patrick (Marietta, Ga./Holy Innocents) in third place (52.68). Senior Christel Frantz (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake) (fourth, 52.75) and senior Morgan Kautz (Long Grove, Ill./Stevenson) (seventh, 53.32) were the other two members of that top heat group.
The 200 Breast also featured two A-final RedHawks, with junior Katie Unger (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) (third, 2:22.86) and freshman Kristen Bezier (Evans City, Pa./Seneca Valley) (seventh, 2:25.11) representing Miami.
Miami placed another duo of A-finalists in the 200 Fly as junior Katie Forster (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville), who broke a 15-year-old record in the event two weeks ago, finished the race .81 seconds short of that time in a second-place performance. It took a Nixon Aquatic Center-record performance from UC's Ann Degenstein to beat Forster. Degenstein finished in 1:58.87, besting the previous standard of 2:00.11. Lamb finished the race ninth in 2:12.63.
Four performers who excelled individually on Sunday combined for a second-place finish in the 400 Free Relay to end the night, as Patrick, Unger, Bulla and Frantz completed the race in 3:31.05.
The RedHawk women are now off from competition until Jan. 14, 2005, when they pursue the unofficial Miami Valley title against two now-familiar foes, UC and Kenyon. Miami already downed the other two Southwest Ohio Division I programs, Wright State and Xavier, last month.