OXFORD, Ohio - Senior Bridgette Ruehl continued her unbeaten streak in the 100 breast after claiming a win at the Miami Invitational Friday evening. The Cardinals’ 400 medley relay team etched its name in the record books after a season-best performance. Ball State sits in sixth place out of eight teams with 343.5 points.
Ruehl swam the fastest preliminary 100 breast in the morning session with a 1:02.19 and followed that performance up with a season-best and meet record time of 1:01.53 to earn the only Ball State win on the day. The 400 medley relay of freshman Courtney Mudd, Ruehl, senior Haley Richter and junior Carlena Magley turned in a seventh place time of 3:49.42 which ranks as the fourth-fastest time in Ball State history.
In the 200 free, junior Jordan VanWinkle turned in a season-best time of 1:52.13 in the finals to end in 19th place. VanWinkle’s time marks the sixth-best time in the Ball State record books. Junior Carlena Magley (1:56.08), junior Elaine Pitsas (1:56.28), senior Cheyanne Jackson (1:58.82) and freshman Kara Berg (2:00.06) all swam season-best times in the preliminaries.
In the 200 fly, freshman Katie Horn clocked a lifetime best 2:06.60 in the preliminaries to advance to the event finals. During the evening session Horn finished 16th with a time of 2:09.39. Senior Mallory Miles finished 18th in the event finals with a 2:09.95 followed by junior Kayla Hussey who finished with a season-best time of 2:08.69 for 20th place.
Seniors Sumaiyah Ahmad and Stacey Wierman both advanced to the event finals in the 100 breast. Ahmand finished 19th with a season-best time of 1:06.98 while Wierman clocked a season-best time of 1:08.15 for 20th place.
Richter advanced to the event finals in the 100 back where she turned in a time of 57.86 for 17th place. Mudd (59.45), sophomore Larah Beaver (1:00.21) and freshman Allie Kolz (1:00.25) all clocked season-best times during the preliminaries.
Freshman Jessica Extine and Magley both advanced to the event finals in the 50 free. Extine ended in 25th place with a 24.27 after clocking a season-best time of 24.15 in the preliminaries. Magleyy finished in 26th with a 24.38. Rodawig (24.34), Pitsas (24.85), Mudd (24.99), Berg (25.27) and Kolz (25.36) all turned in season-best times in the event.
The 400 IM saw Miles and freshmen Kimberly Scott and Katie Horn advance to the event finals where both finished with season-best times. Miles finished 22nd with a 4:39.05 while Scott was right behind in 23rd place with a 4:40.30. Horn ended 26th with a time of 4:42.83. Hussey and junior Leighann Mattson also clocked season-best times at 4:46.64 and 4:57.28, respectively.
The 200 free relay of Magley, Rodawig, VanWinkle and Extine finished ninth with a season-best time of 1:36.35.
The event wraps up Saturday, Dec. 7. For more information on Ball State women’s swimming and diving check ballstatesports.com.