Hugh Webster, The Miami Student
The Miami University men and women’s swim and dive teams faced the Ohio State University Buckeyes on Saturday for their fourth meet together. For the second year in a row, however, both teams fell short to the Big Ten team. MU women lost by a score of 115-182 while the men lost 84-211 in Columbus. With this loss, the women fall to 5-2 while the men drop to .500 on the year at 2-2.
Despite the final scores, many RedHawks scored individual wins against the Buckeyes. The most successful event for the RedHawks was the women’s 200 breaststroke, when the lady RedHawks swept the top three spots. Senior Stephanie LeMire finished first, followed by junior Holly Schuster in second and freshman Hannah Fuchs taking the third spot.
Redshirt junior Pei Lin continued her domination on the diving board as she was the only RedHawk to win two individual events, a bright spot for the Red and White in a tough loss. Lin was victorious in the one-meter and three-meter diving events against Ohio State. She will work to further her success at the three-day Miami Invitational in December.
In backstroke, freshman Izzy Herb finished in the top three in in both the 100 and 200 backstroke. In butterfly, junior Morgan Quesnel also finished in the top three in two of her events, the 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly.
On the men’s side, there were several bright spots that the swimmers can take away after this loss. Junior Hutch Blackstone had himself a very impressive day, finishing third place as part of the 200 medley relay, second in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 200 breaststroke.
Sophomore James Wray, sophomore Rob Newman and freshman Nick Ward joined Blackstone in finishing third in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:33.38. Other top swimmers included third place finishes by both senior Lucas Brock in the 50 freestyle and sophomore Jake Precious in the 200 backstroke event.
Both RedHawk teams put on a fight against a tough, in-state, Big Ten competitor that showed it can compete against elite competition. The men and the women’s teams will be back in the pool competing together again the first weekend of December, when they will host the Miami Invitational here in Oxford.