Swimming To Meet Southwest-Ohio Rivals Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio)

Kiernan McGeehan opened the 2012-13 season with a strong performance at Louisville.

Kiernan McGeehan opened the 2012-13 season with a strong performance at Louisville.

Oct. 18, 2012

CINCINNATI - Xavier will stay in Southwest Ohio for a pair of swimming meets this weekend, facing crosstown-rival Cincinnati on Friday at 5 p.m. and Miami (Ohio) at 2 p.m. Friday's match against the Bearcats will be held at Keating Aquatics Center on UC's campus and Saturday's meet with the RedHawks is going to be contested in the Corwin M. Nixon Aquatics Center in Oxford, Ohio.

The Musketeers enter the weekend after splitting meets against Louisville and Cumberlands last weekend. Louisville, which finished last season in the top 20 in both the men's and women's polls, earned wins over both Xavier teams. Xavier rebounded with a strong showing in a win over Cumberlands on Saturday at the O'Connor Sports Center.

Several swimmers had strong showings on the weekend. Anne Frigo brought home third in the 50 free and fifth in the 100 free at Louisville. She followed with two first-place finishes against Cumberlands on Saturday, winning both the 100 and 200 free.

Freshman Mackenna Rife picked up a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle against Louisville. Her time of 5:08.16 in the 500 free makes her the eighth fastest female swimmer at XU in the event. Even more impressively, she stands as the fifth fastest Musketeer in the 1,000 free after posting a time of 10:36.12.

Kiernan McGeehan opened the 2012-13 season with a second-place finish in the 1,000 free against Louisville. McGeehan's time of 9:48.69 would place him as the ninth-fastest swimmer in program-history. In his second and final event of the evening, McGeehan grabbed a fourth-place finish in the 500 free.

Freshman Luke Johanns opened his career as a Musketeer with third- and fifth-place finishes against Louisville. Johanns finished third in the 50 free with a time of 21.34, making him the ninth-fastest swimmer in the event in program history after just one meet. The native of Eagen, Minn., followed with a fifth-place in the 100 free (48.25) and anchored the winning team in the 200 free relay.