Nov. 2, 1996

Women Defeat Mid-American Conference champions Miami (Ohio) 169-131

OXFORD, Ohio - The women's swimming team soundly defeated defending Mid-American Conference champion Miami (Ohio) 169-131, Saturday in Oxford, Ohio.

The Boilermakers swam their best line-up and it paid off as they won 12-of-16 events. Leading the way was the 200 free relay team of freshman Nikki Lively, junior Heather Murry and sophomores Erika Whyte and Angie Schwada who touched first in a time of 1:37.3.

``We had a goal to go to Miami and get our business done, which meant winning, and get back on the bus and come home,'' coach Cathy Wright-Eger said. ``Miami won the MAC title last year so they are a very good team and to beat them makes me very proud of the team right now because this dual meet took a lot out of them. Our seniors showed good leadership and we basically won almost every event which is very satisfying.''

The Boilers had two events where they posted the top three times _ the 50 and 500 freestyle. In the 50 free, Murry touched first in 24.41, followed by Lively (24.45) and Schwada (24.42). In the 500 free junior Marisa Watts won in 4:59.3 as seniors Kirstin Wilson (5:03) and Becky Ritz (5:04.5) finished close behind. Watts also won the 200 individual medley in 2:08.9.

The Boilers also had three events where they finished first and second. In the 200 free, Ritz and Whyte tied for first in season-best times of 1:54.3. In the 1000 free, Wilson (10:06.6) and Watts (10:10.6) finished one-two, respectively in season-best times. Whyte and sophomore Katie Hasbrook went one-two in the 100 fly in 58.3 and 58.6, respectively. Also, Hasbrook touched first in the 200 fly in a season-best mark of 2:07.9.

The 200 medley relay team of senior Katie Lallande, sophomore Tracey Storrier, Whyte and Murry blitzed the Redskins, touching in 1:47.88. In addition, Storrier won the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.1 and placed runner-up in the 200-yard event in 2:22.9.