EMU swim teams split at Miami

The Eastern Michigan University men’s swimming team defeated Miami University in a Mid-American Conference road meet 175-125. The women’s squad lost to Miami 176-124 in Oxford, Ohio.

The men’s team moved to 7-1 and 3-0 in the MAC and extended its winning streak to seven dual meets. The victory also marked the 66th straight in MAC play for the men’s squad.

The women’s squad fell to 8-4 overall and 4-2 in the MAC and halted a five-meet winning streak.
Cole Bateman grabbed a pair of individual wins along with a third place finish as part of the 400-freestyle relay. Bateman won the 100-backstroke over Miami’s Davis Staley by almost a full second and beat Staley again in the 200-back.

Andrew Henry also walked away with two wins in the 200-individual medley and 200-freestyle along with a second place finish in the 100-free.

Mike Fisher beat Miami’s Evan Bader in both the 100- and 200-breaststroke events, beating Bader in the 100-breast by a margin of .11 seconds.

Kyle Lichtenberg placed second in the 500- and 1000-freestyle events. Lichtenberg took a runner-up finish in the 500-free to EMU teammate Franco Petrone with a margin of .13 seconds.

Miami (4-3, 1-2 in MAC) saw Joe Baumgartner win in the 100-freestyle and was part of the winning 200-medley relay team and got a pair of runner-up finishes in the 50-freestyle and the 400-freestyle relay.

Dan Nemeth had a busy day that was highlighted with a win in the 50-free over Baumgartner by a margin of .08 second as well as placing second in the two relay events and sixth in the 100-free.
Bader walked away with wins in the 200-medley relay.

Sage Stephens swept the two diving events with Miami’s Michael Nash coming in second after the two springboard events. Stephens took the three-meter dive with a score of 311.32 over Nash (301.81). Stephens scored a 297.07 in a tight one-meter dive over Nash (291.59).

Grace Van Allen and Rebecca Detro placed first and second respectively for Eastern Michigan in the 200-freestyle with only .02 seconds separating the two swimmers.

Monica Dorszewski won the 100-breaststroke and finished second in the 200-breast. Other Eagle swimmers getting wins included Jackie Swartz in the 100-butterfly and Jessie Godlewski in the 200-butterfly.

The Miami women’s team (8-1, 6-0 MAC) took eight victories in the individual events of the afternoon.

Katie Bootsma won two individual events for the RedHawks. Bootsma took victories in the 100-and 200-backstroke events and placed second in the 200-IM.

Stephanie Pearce was dominant in the long distance events for the RedHawks as she won in the 1000-freestyle and took a runner-up spot in the 500-freestyle.

The women’s team of Miami took both relay events that were within a margin of a second. In the 400-freestyle relay, a RedHawk relay team of Sara Krueger, Natalie Rohr, CC Fujan and Annie Marquiss beat an Eagles team of Sierra Wagner, Jessie Godlewski, Detro and Van Allen by a scant .10 seconds.

Danielle Hulvey won both diving events for Eastern Michigan with Miami’s Nikki Craft coming in second in the two events. Hulvey was victorious in the one-meter dive with a score of 309.83 and scored a 326.10 in the three-meter springboard.

Melynee Saya was third for EMU in the three-meter dive while Lauren Dark claimed third in the one-meter springboard.

Both of Eastern Michigan’s swimming teams will end the regular season at Ohio State University as the Buckeyes will host the Eagles, Purdue University, the University of Akron and the Ball State University women’s team for the Ohio State Winter Invitational Feb. 8-9.

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