Sunday, December 5, 2010

Lady Redhawks wrap up first semester with Miami Invite

The Redhawks hosted teams from across the nation for the yearly Miami Invitational.  The girls do a taper, which means they are rested and ready to swim fast.  This is a great half way point in the season to see if the girls can step it up and swim fast.  Invite is used to measure how much work is left to do before conference and also create a pressure racing atmosphere preparing for the end of the season.

Highlights from Day 1:
Junior Chelsey Bruington, sophomore Bekka Westrick and seniors Megan Brunn and Kelsey Vehr snagged the meets first win in the 800 freestyle relay.  The time was just 27 hundredths of a second off of an NCAA Division I Championship "B" cut.  Senior Miranda Kaltenborn led the RedHawks in the mile with a fourth-place finish in a time of 17:16.10.

Highlights from Day 2:

Winning six events on the night, the girls took the lead in the meet. Kelsey Vehr set a new meet record in the 100-yard breaststroke. Megan Brunn finished second with a time of 1:02.44.  Sophomore Leah Thornton took home two wins, one in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:01.24, and another in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.94.  Junior Chelsey Bruington won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:49.24. Bekka Westrick won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.23. The 400-yard medley relay team of Thornton, Vehr, Maegan O'Connor and Westrick also took first place.

Highlights from Day3:

The Redhawks easily won the meet with 2,604 points.  The girls proved they were ready to race even only half way through the season.  Miami started off the night with a victory in the 200 medley relay, recording a time of 1:42.21. Leah Thornton got her NCAA Divison I B cut in the 200 back with a time of 1:57.82.  Chelsey Bruington took sixth in the 500 freestyle.


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