Men's Swimming and Diving Compete in Final Home Meets of the Season
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Jan. 31, 2008

The Miami men's swimming and diving team will take on Kenyon College at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 and Eastern Michigan at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 in its final home meets of the 2007-2008 season. Saturday, February 2 marks Senior Day as seniors Ryan McHugh, Chase Mortimer, Blake Norman, Ryan Reinke, and Paul Ricard will swim their final meet at the Nixon Aquatic Center

A Second-Team All-MAC selection in 2007, McHugh has registered five wins this season, including wins in the 100 free and 200 free against Buffalo on Jan. 26. Last season, McHugh was on of four Miamians to qualify for the U.S. Open, where he finished 39th in the 50-meter freestyle. McHugh also swam a leg on the MAC Champion 200 medley relay team during the 2006-07 season.

Competed in freestyle, individual medley and backstroke events this season, Mortimer registered a second place finish in the 400 IM against Louisville on Oct. 26 in a season-best time, 4:17.46. Mortimer also swam a leg on the 200 freestyle relay team that earned a first-place finish against Cincinnati on Jan. 15.

Norman, who was a second team All-MAC selection during the 2005-06 season, has competed primarily in breaststroke and individual medley events this year. In the Miami Invite this season, Norman recorded five season-best times in the 200 breast, 200 IM, 100 breast, 100 IM and 50 free.

A 2006-07 All-MAC Academic Team member, Reinke turned in a career-best performance on the one-meter board (255.67) at Louisville earlier this season. Reinke also scored a 285.45 against Southern Illinois in the three-meter dive in Miami's opening meet of the season.

A two-time MAC Swimmer of the year, a five-time MAC Champion and three-time first team All-MAC selection, Ricard competes in his final two home meets this weekend. This season, Ricard swam a "B" cut time of 15:32.69 in the 1,650 freestyle in the Miami Invitational.

Kenyon enters the meet with a 4-5 dual meet record after losing their last meet to Oakland University. Eastern Michigan enters this weekend with a 5-3 overall dual meet record. In their last contest, Eastern Michigan defeated Ball State giving the Eagles a 2-0 MAC dual meet record.

Last weekend the RedHawks beat Buffalo 138-105. Miami earned seven wins in the 13 event program to improve to 5-4 in dual meets.

Miami will hit the road for its last dual meet of the season when it faces Ball State on Feb. 9 at 4 p.m.