The University of Cincinnati men's and women's swimming and diving teams are set to compete in their only December meet, the Miami Invitational. The three day meet will see competitors from the host RedHawks, Ball State, Illinois, Denison, Wright State, Emory and Urbana. Action begins Thursday, Dec. 5, with diving at 2:00 p.m. and swimming at 6:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, follow a prelim-finals format with the earliest competitions begin at 9:00 a.m. each day and finals starting at 6:00 p.m. For the complete schedule of events, visit MURedHawks.com.
The men's competition includes Miami, Denison, Wright State, Emory and Urbana. Miami enters with a 2-1 dual meet record and is coming off a 151.5-141.5 loss to Purdue. Denison, the top-ranked NCAA Division III team in the country, is 4-2 in dual meets on the year. Wright State is 8-1 with their last competition a victory over IUPUI. Emory carries a 2-2 dual record and the number three national ranking in Division III. Urbana has a 6-5 dual mark and a three-meet dual winning streak.
On the women's side, competitors will be Miami, Ball State, Illinois, Denison, Wright State, Emory and Urbana. The Illini have a 5-2 dual meet mark after a win over Kansas in their last outing. Ball State enters with an 0-4 dual record, but the Cardinals are coming off a win at the Doug Coers Invitational in Muncie, Ind. Denison carries a 3-3 dual record and a national rank of second in Division III. Wright State enters with a 4-6 record. Emory is the top-ranked Division III team with a 2-2 mark, while coming off a loss to Georgia. Urbana is 5-7 on the season.
UC freshman Jackie Keire enters the meet coming off her third American Athletic Conference Female Swimmer of the Week Award. The rookie posted individual wins in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 freestyles at the Pittsburgh Invitational. She now owns national top-10 times in the 100 (48.52), 200 (1:45.38) and 500 (4:41.33). Keire also anchored relay wins in the 200 freestyle, 200 medley and 400 freestyle, helping UC post times that rank among the top-36 nationally in all three events.
The Bearcats take their winter break after the Miami Invitational, returning to action on Thursday, Jan. 9, back in Oxford, Ohio, for a dual meet with the RedHawks.