Swim season to climax at MAC Championships

Season of hits, misses come to a close in conference showdown.

All year long, it has been like a game of chess for the women's swimming and diving team.

It started the season winning away meets at IUPUI and Illinois State but then fell to conference foes like Miami (Ohio), Eastern Michigan, and Ohio.

The regular season serves as positioning for Ball State (7-8 overall, 4-4 Mid-American Conference) and gives the team an idea of how well it meshes together. But now, the athletes will have a chance to right all their wrongs from this season at the MAC Championships.

"Everybody is pumped up about this meet," sophomore freestyler Dee Dee Wolverton said. "There we will be going against such great competition, and we are starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel because the season is almost over."

The Cardinals will go up against tough teams in Miami and defending-champion Ohio during the three-day meet at Ypsilanti, Mich. The tourney begins today and will end Saturday.

"Miami will be the favorite to win it all," head coach Laura Seibold-Caudill said. "They have the most depth and are well-balanced in all the events. It will be very difficult to win. We just need to have as many people possible place in the top eight so we can score some points."

Seibold-Caudill also said Karla Bailey had the best chance of winning an individual event for Ball State.

Sheona Lottering of Toledo, Kim van Selm from Ohio, and Miami standout Amy Miranda are a few of the top swimmers the Cards will compete against during the weekend.

"All the seniors got together and talked about what we needed to do here," senior butterflyer Mandy Hammonds said. "We really want to do well. We're going to make some memories and have fun."

Preliminaries for each event will start in the morning on each day. Swimmers need to place in the top 16 to qualify for the finals of each event, which will be held later that night.

Top finishers from each school will compete in the finals for points that will in turn decide what team takes home the 2002 MAC Title.


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