The women’s team claimed a win against Bellarmine (145.5-58.5) while the men’s team suffered a loss to end the season against Southern Illinois (181-118).
Despite the men’s team losing to Miami (OH), the women’s team took the bigger blow, as they traveled to Athens, Ohio for a battle of undefeated with Ohio University and took a massive 219-81 defeat at the hands of the Bobcats.
In a battle of the birds, Ball State’s dreams of a perfect season in duels went up in smoke as the RedHawks took the meet in their men’s team’s first conference duel win of the season (190.00-110.00). The loss keeps the men’s team winless against Miami in duels in over two decades with their last win against the RedHawks being in 2002.
Despite only taking a handful of swimmers to the invitational and skipping day one of the competition, Ball State performed well with the underclassmen for the Cardinals and stamping more records for the program record book in Minneapolis.
The women’s teams finished as the champions in the House of Champions Invitational with a total team score of 1,122. The men’s team finished in second place (1,108) behind IUPUI (1,383.5).
The Cardinals now sit with an undefeated 3-0 in duel meets this season along with 2-0 against Mid-American Conference opponents this season.
“We knew coming in that it was going to be a dogfight,” head coach J. Agnew said. “They are really well coached. I feel like both teams have very strong senior classes and so we knew it was going to be a battle, so it is nice to come up on top on senior night.”
Although Ball State was eliminated from postseason contention a week ago, The Cardinals hoped to finish the season strong and add another loss to the Spartans losing streak on their senior day, however, it became a defensive struggle for the Cardinals to manage from the start.
Ball State men’s and women’s swim and dive are set to go on their 2023-24 seasons after showing potential last season of what we could have in store this year with a lot of premium talent coming back from last season in preparations to go for the ultimate prize of a MAC Championship.
“It has been such a great experience,” senior goaltender Hannah Johnston said. “It is so much bigger than the sport. I think a lot of people look at it as four years of your time then you are done but I think it is so monumental, the people you meet from all across the world and the friendships you make.”