Swimming Enjoys Strong Tri-Meet in Evanston
EVANSTON, Ill. – The University of Miami swimming team traveled to host Northwestern for a tri-meet with Southern Illinois Saturday at the Norris Aquatics Center.
Head coach Andy Kershaw was impressed with his team’s effort and performance over the course of the meet, which saw the Hurricanes split the dual matchups with the Wildcats and Salukis.
“I’m really proud of the team. I’m proud of the energy they had and the way they stuck together and the way they swam their races,” Kershaw said. “We are really in a good spot…probably the best spot we’ve been in at this point in October heading into some different phases of training and getting ready for our midseason invitational.”
Among Miami’s top performers on the day was Talia Bates, who moved into eighth all-time in school history in the 100-yard butterfly (53.97).
MK Kelley moved into sixth place in the 200-yard backstroke (1:58.79), up from her previous mark of eighth.
In addition, freshman Amanda Witkus now ranks sixth in program history the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.94).
“I told the team afterwards we should have a ton of confidence going forward because we’re in a great place and have done a lot of hard work to set ourselves up for success going forward,” Kershaw said. “I’m very excited.”
Emma Shuppert won the 100-yard backstroke (53.30), while Bates (22.75) and Jacey Hinton (23.12) took two of the top three spots in the 50-yard freestyle. Bates (49.30, second) and Hinton (50.30) managed the same feat in the 100-yard freestyle, taking second and third.
Giulia Carvalho was second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:15.78), while Adrianna Cera (4:55.53) and Aino Otava (4:56.49) took two of the top three finishes in the 500-yard freestyle.
“We were good from top to bottom today. Some people that got a chance to shine that don’t always get that chance. That was really cool to see,” Kershaw said. “I really think this team is set up for success as we move forward.”
The Hurricanes host FAU on Fri., Nov. 3 at the Whitten Center Pool. The action is set to begin at 3 p.m.