MUNCIE, IND. - The Bowling Green State University swim team suffered its second loss to a Mid-American Conference opponent on Saturday, as the Falcons fell to Ball State, 176.5-117.5, in their second road meet in as many days. Bowling Green fell to Miami Friday night by a score of 173-113.
The Falcons' distance swimmers performed well, with Emily Waller and Erica Nieminen touching first in one event each. Waller started things off with a win in the 1000-yard freestyle, posting a time of 10:36.86, with Nieminen not far behind in third. Nieminen came back in the 500-yard freestyle to earn her first individual win of the year, touching in 5:10.68. Waller finished second with a mark of 5:12.08.
Joëlle Scheps, the winner of two races against Miami on Friday, again came through for the Falcons, placing first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.75). Scheps went on to place second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:09.74, behind Ball State's Haley Richter. Richter led the Cardinals, winning three individual races and also swimming in a winning relay for her team.
Senior Emily Bennet claimed Bowling Green's only other event win of the day, taking first in the 100-yard freestyle. Bennet finished with a time of 52.67, narrowly beating Ball State's Carlena Magley (52.76). BGSU's Brittany Szekely finished third, posting a season-best time of 53.07. Szekely also placed second in the 50-yard freestyle (24.24), nearly overtaking Magley (24.21).
Alexis Kain and Alexa Harris earned a trio of second-place finishes, with Kain placing second to Ball State's Bridgette Ruehl in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.13-1:05.52) and Harris falling to BSU's Katelyn Pratt in both the 100-yard backstroke (58.25-59.13) and the 200-yard back (2:06.66-2:06.90). The Falcons' 200-yard medley relay team also finished second to start the meet. That team consisted of Hannah Newman, Kain, Szekely and Bennet.
The Falcons return to action Nov. 16-18 with a trip to Chicago to compete in the Northwestern TYR Invitational, hosted by Northwestern University.