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Women's Swim and Dive Falls to Ohio, 162-138

MUNCIE, Ind. Despite six event victories, the Ball State women’s swimming & diving team opened its 2013-14 slate with a 162-138 setback to Ohio Saturday afternoon at the Lewellen Aquatic Center.

The Cardinals opened the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay and held a 105-102 lead through the first 11 events. Unfortunately, the Bobcats tallied wins in four of the final five events to pull away at the end.

“The vibe of the team was great today,” said Ball State head coach Kristy Castillo. “They were energized and ready to go. We would like to move up in the MAC as a team this year, and I am proud of the way we battled hard against an Ohio squad which finished second in the conference meet last season. We want to have a winning season by training hard and continuing our work ethic."

In the 200 medley relay, Ball State turned to a veteran lineup with seniors Mallory Miles, Bridgette Ruehl and Haley Richter combining with junior Carlena Magley to post a winning time of 1:45.37. 

Senior Emily Wisolek would give Ball State its first individual event victory, as she clocked a time of 1:55.30 in the 200 freestyle. Junior Jordan VanWinkle followed Wisolek to the touch pad, placing second at 1:55.92.

In addition to swimming the second leg for the winning 200-yard medley relay, Ruehl would post individual wins in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events with times of 1:03.61 and 2:21.44, respectively. Ruehl enters the 2013-14 season as the defending Mid-American Conference champion in both events.

Two other members of the winning opening relay went on to post individual wins, with Magley capturing top honors in the 100 freestyle (53.08) and Richter hitting the touchpad first in the 100 butterfly (55.99).

"My personal goal for the season is to just soak everything in,” said Richter. “As one of the team captains, I feel like I take a leadership role on the team with Mallory Miles. Giving advice to our freshman and being a good role model that's worthy of looking up to is something Mallory and I want to accomplish as team captains. The energy is really high with the team this year. We have a lot of fun together."

The Ball State women’s swimming & diving team returns to action next Friday (Nov. 1), when it travels to Michigan State for a 5 p.m. swim. The last time the Cardinals swam against the Spartans, Ball State pulled out a 182-108 victory at the Lewellen Aquatic Center Dec. 10, 2011.

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