Cardinals to play defending champs

Team tries to carry momentum into MAC matches.

After a dual win at home and a second place finish at the Indiana Intercollegiate last weekend, the women's swimming and diving team will play host to defending Mid-American Conference champion Miami at Lewellen Pool, Saturday. The dual match begins at 4 p.m.

Ball State won nearly every event in dispatching of Illinois State 215-85, and totaled 561 1/2 to Purdue's 705 1/2 at the Indiana meet. Head coach Laura Selbold-Caudill welcomes the strong start to her 24th season at the Cardinals' helm.

"We didn't expect to (dominate) Illinois State," Selbold-Caudill said. "We even surprised ourselves. We placed 1-2-3 in a lot of events.

"I was expecting a close one, but we were ready and really motivated. We also had some more great swims at Purdue."

According to Selbold-Caudill, there are several individuals who have started the season in excellent fashion. Among those she mentioned were freshmen Michelle Braden, Danielle Fisher and twins Amber and Jenna Arnold; sophomores Karla Bailey and Tara Zimmer, junior Kait Martin and senior Emily Aubie.

"Tara has been a total surprise in the breaststroke, having been a walk-on last year," Selbold-Caudill said. "Danielle is doing very well in middle distance and IM, and Karla Bailey is doing very well in the IM."

Also, she mentioned that divers Dawn Ogden and Cassandra Pavlovich were impressive in placing 1-2 in the 1-meter dive at the Indiana Intercollegiate.

Selbold-Caudill said that while the Miami will be tough, it will be nice to have the home pool advantage.

"Whenever we swim there (at Miami), it's tough to win," she said. "They're the defending MAC champs and they're loaded. But our kids seem to rise to the occasion in home duals."

She also said that it will be important to keep the momentum that comes from a strong start.

"I hope we can keep it going, because now we're swimming against a conference team. We're off to a much better start than last year; now we have to maintain it."


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