Thompson Wins Three Events; Musketeers Fall To Miami (Ohio)
Oct. 21, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio - The Xavier University swimming teams dropped a dual meet with Miami (Ohio) on Saturday afternoon despite strong performances from Chad Thompson on the men's side and Mackenna Rife for the women.
"Miami proved to be a very tough opponent today and a few of our swimmers showed fatigue from last night's meet early on," said head coach Brent MacDonald. We woke up after the first break and raced hard the rest of the way to finish with a few wins. We're looking forward to a great week of training after learning a lot from these two meets."
Thompson picked up three victories in individual events, winning the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events and the 400-yard individual medley. The junior blew away the competition in the 400 IM, posting a time of 4:12.18 and winning by more than 10 seconds. Thompson's win in the 200 back was nearly as impressive, beating the competition by over three seconds with a time of 1:54.12.
Knox Hitt and Sam Conchuratt finished one-two in the 100-yard butterfly. Hitt won with a time of 50.94, just two-tenths faster than Conchuratt. Conchuratt picked up another second-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly, before picking up a win the men's 400-yard freestyle relay team. Eric Dirvin, Pablo Morejon and Luke Johanns joined Conchuratt on the relay team, which won with a time of 3:09.98.
Rife opened with a third-place finish in the 1,000 free, but took home points with first-place finishes in the 500 free and 400 IM. Carolyn Stewart narrowly missed out on a victory in the 100-yard back, being out-touched by four-hundredths of a second. Stewart put up a mark of 58.70 in the event.
Xavier will be back in action on Friday, Oct. 26 when Bellarmine visits the O'Connor Sports Center. The meet is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start. This will be the first meet in Bellarmine's history, as the team was formed just this season.