Victorious at Miami Invite, RedHawks Take Respite for Finals, Winter Break

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Dec. 7, 2004

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RedHawks Run Away with Miami Invitational: The RedHawks led the Miami Invitational all three days at the Nixon Aquatic Center with a margin that grew each day. The final cushion was 270.5 points over second-place Kenyon College. Christin Eberst was Miami's only individual event winner, taking both the one-meter and three-meter. But the Red and White showed their overall team prowess by regularly placing multiple finalists in the "A" final, netting the big points that led Miami to the meet win. The RedHawks also touched the wall first in two of the five relays contested.

1. Since returning from injury Nov. 19 against Wright State, junior diver Christin Eberst has won all six diving events in which she has competed, broke her own Miami record for points on the three-meter board with 11 dives, and earned a berth to the NCAA Zone Diving meet at West Lafayette, Ind., next spring.

2. It was a record-setting weekend for the Red and White,as Miami made alterations to the all-time top-10 lists and bested numerous times on this year's top-five per event. Senior Christel Frantz moved in to an eighth-place tie with sophomore Margaret Patrick and a 1996 performance by Courtney Stern by finishing the 50 Free in 23.97. Junior Katie Forster, who already broke a school record this year, also moved into eighth on the 100 Fly list by finishing that race in 57.03. In addition to topping their best times this season in all five relay races, the team combined to reset this year's best time in four swimming events and one diving event.

3. The RedHawks compete for the unofficial title of Best in the Miami Valley on Jan. 14 in their next meet against Cincinnati. Miami already defeated the other two Division I programs in Southwest Ohio, Wright State and Xavier, two weeks ago.

Coach's Corner: Dave Jennings enters his 23rd season at Miami having won 13 of Miami's 14 MAC Championships. He has presided over the RedHawks' current 27-meet MAC winning streak that extends more than three years. In his 22 seasons, Miami has a 94-21 record in MAC competition, and four Miami classes (`86, `87, `88, `99) have graduated knowing nothing other than winning a conference title. In the past 11 seasons, Miami has taken home either the team gold or silver, and none of Jennings' 22 Miami squads have finished lower than fourth at the conference meet. Individually, Jennings has coached his athletes to 172 individual or relay gold medals. One of those individual golds returns this year with Laura Armbruster, the defending 100 breaststroke champ, and Miami's victorious 400 medley relay foursome also remains intact. Jennings aims to make the Class of 2005 the fifth perfect class in Miami history.

Individual Event Wins This Season By Swimmer/Diver
Laura Armbruster, Jr. - 4
200 IM, 200 Breast vs. Buffalo, 200 IM vs. Ball State, 400 IM vs. Ohio State
Kristen Bezier, Fr. - 3
100 Breast vs. Ball State and vs. Xavier/IUPUI, 200 IM vs. Xavier/IUPUI
Maggi Bulla, Jr. - 1
200 Back vs. Akron
Erin Darrah, So. - 1
1000 Free vs. Wright State
Christin Eberst, Jr. - 6
1m Diving vs. Wright State, vs. Xavier/IUPUI and at Miami Invite; 3m Diving vs. Wright State, vs. Xavier/IUPUI and at Miami Invite
Lauren Evanosky, Fr. - 6
200 Back vs. Buffalo; 100 IM, 200 IM vs. Akron, 100, 200 Back vs. Ball State; 100 Back vs. Ohio State
Katie Forster, Jr. - 6
200 Fly, 500 Free vs. Buffalo; 1650 Free vs. Akron; 100 Fly, 200 Free vs. Ball State; 200 Fly at Indiana Invite*
*Broke Miami Record
Christel Frantz, Sr. - 3
50 Free vs. Wright State; 50 Free and 200 Free vs. Xavier/IUPUI
Amber Kerek, So. - 2
500 Free and 1000 Free vs. Xavier/IUPUI
Ellen Koch, So. - 1
100 Back vs. Xavier/IUPUI
Julie Madden, Sr. - 3
1000 Free vs. Buffalo; 500, 1000 Free vs. Ball State
Katie Meister, So. - 1
3m Diving vs. Ball State
Katie Miles, Sr. - 1
200 Back vs. Xavier/IUPUI
Margaret Patrick, So. - 5
50 Free vs. Buffalo; 50, 100 Free vs. Akron; 50, 100 Free vs. Ball State
Ashley Seymour, So. - 1
200 IM vs. Wright State
Tyler Smith, So. - 3
200 Free vs. Buffalo and vs. Wright State; 100 Free vs. Wright State
Katie Unger, Jr. - 5
100 Free vs. Buffalo; 100, 200 Breast vs. Akron; 200 Breast, 200 Fly vs. Ball State