WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING: Cardinals end regular season with meet against RedHawks

Coach hopes to crash Miami's recent MAC dominance

The Ball State University women's swimming and diving team looks to end its regular season today with a win against defending Mid-American Conference champions Miami University.

This season, Ball State has taken last year's second and third place teams, Ohio University and the University of Toledo, down to the last event, but fallen short each time. Coach Laura Seibold-Caudill said that even though the Cardinals weren't able to pull off those defeats, this year's Ball State team is not the same one that finished last in last season's MAC Championships.

"In all reality, the meets that have come down to the end we never thought we would be in," Seibold-Caudill said. "Last year when we swam these teams, we weren't even in the same meet as them halfway through and now we're taking them to the wire. This is not an eighth-place team anymore. We are a team on the move."

The last time that Ball State hosted Miami, the Cardinals beat the RedHawks by 50 points, something Seibold-Caudill says is still fresh in the minds of both Miami and Ball State upperclassmen.

"Miami is certainly not going to come unprepared like they did two years ago, and they are going to come in here with their best lineup ready to swim," Seibold-Caudill said.

The meet will also be senior day for the Cardinals who are graduating eight swimmers. One of the eight, Chelsea Giuffre, will not be able to travel with the team for MAC Championships, so today's meet will be the last of her collegiate career.

The meet is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., with a ceremony honoring the seniors before the start of the meet.


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