Women's Swimming & Diving Returns To The Road At Ball State

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Nov. 4, 2003

OXFORD, Ohio -

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Miami University's women's swimming & diving teams looks for a 3-0 conference start at Ball State on Saturday, Nov. 8. The RedHawks and Cardinals hit the pool at 1 p.m.

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

This Week: Coming off three dual meets last week, the RedHawks face an easy week, with just Ball State on the schedule, Saturday in Muncie, Ind. Miami posted a 2-1 record last week, picking up MAC wins at Buffalo and Akron, after losing to Purdue on Wednesday.

The Cardinals finished 0-2 on their Akron/Buffalo road trip, losing to the Zips, 167-133, on Friday and Bulls, 192-108, on Saturday. BSU's record sits at 1-2 and 0-2 in the MAC.

Last Time Out: Against Akron on Saturday, Laura Armbruster won three events, including both the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 400 individual medley, to pace Miami to a 184-116 win. Amy Miranda and Christin Eberst each added a pair of first-place showings to the cause. Miranda won her 500 and 1000 free events, while Eberst swept the one- and three-meter diving events.

Armbruster swept the breast events and Miranda won both distance events, at Buffalo on Friday, as well. In the diving events, Eberst won the one-meter, while Heidi Willemssen won the three-meter board, in helping the Red and White to a 176-124 win.

Streaking Through The MAC: With wins in each of their first two MAC dual meets, the RedHawks have pushed their streak of conference dual-meet wins to 19. Before opening this season, 2-0, Miami went 8-0 in each of the previous two seasons. The last meet of the 2000-01 season pitted the Red and White against Buffalo and Eastern Michigan. The RedHawks fell to EMU, 157-143, but defeated UB to start the streak.

Picking Up Where She Left Off: After winning both the 500 and 1650 freestyle events at last year's MAC Championships, senior Amy Miranda (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy) has picked up where she left off. Miranda has won all three 500 free events this season, while also picking up wins in the 1000 free at Miami's last two meets. The 1000 freestyle is only run at the beginning of the season, while the 1650 free is only run at the end.

What Sophomore Jinx?: A couple sophomores are off to hot starts for the RedHawks. Laura Armbruster (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) picked up five wins last week, including three at Akron on Saturday. Christin Eberst (Clifton Park, NY/Shenendehowa) won three-of-four diving events over the weekend, and posted a second-place finish in the one-meter against Purdue. Katie Forster (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville), who set Miami's 1000 freestyle mark as a freshman, won the 1000 free and 200 butterfly against Purdue.

Showing Her Smarts: Over the summer, sophomore diver Christin Eberst was named to the College Swim Coaches Athletic Association (CSCAA) Academic All-America team. Eberst, who boasts a 3.56 GPA, was an NCAA qualifier as a freshman, competing in both the one- and three-meter diving events at the NCAA Championships in Auburn, Ala.

Did Someone Say NCAA Qualifier?: Christin Eberst was not the only RedHawk to fly down to Alabama. Amy Miranda joined the rookie diver, reaching the NCAA-qualifying standard in each of her MAC Championship events, the 500 and 1650 free. Miranda also met the NCAA Provisional Qualifying Standard with her time in the 1650 free as a sophomore.

Up Next: Miami has the next two weeks off before facing local rivals Wright State and Xavier. The RedHawks travel to Dayton for a dual meet against WSU on Friday, Nov. 21, before hosting Xavier on Saturday, Nov. 22. Start times for the meets are set at 4 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.