Miami to Honor Championship Anniversary Teams

OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University Athletics will honor football alumni, featuring championship anniversary teams, this Saturday when the RedHawks host Eastern Kentucky at Yager Stadium at 3:30 p.m.

In addition to Band Day and local high school bands, Saturday will also feature recognition of the 1954 and 1974 Mid-American Conference Football Champions, as well as the 2004 MAC East Division Champions. In total, Miami Football is the winningest program in the MAC with 15 conference titles.

The 1954 squad was headed by legendary coach Ara Parseghian and beat its opponents by an average of 23 points during its 8-1 campaign that saw it post a 4-1 MAC record. Twenty years later, the 1974 team posted an unblemished 10-0-1 record (5-0 MAC) under head coach Dick Crum, which was capped by a Tangerine Bowl victory over Georgia. The 2004 RedHawks captured their second-straight MAC East title after going 8-5 overall and 7-1 in league play under the guidance of the late Terry Hoeppner

Miami will also retire No. 41 in Travis Prentice’s honor at halftime.

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Hawk of the Week

Malarie Schmidt and Chris Heaton

Our new co-Hawks of the Week are women's senior swimmer Malarie Schmidt and men's senior diver Chris Heaton.  Both athletes set MAC and Miami records over the weekend at the Miami Invitational.

In racing to a second place finish, Malarie set a new Miami and Mid American Conference record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 55:07.  She also helped Miami's 400 medley relay team shatter another conference and school record with a winning time of 3:41.98.  Between individual and relay events, Malarie had five victories and one second place finish to help Miami win the Invitational by a whopping 943 points. 

Chris set a new MAC and Miami record in the three meter diving event with a total score of 406.85, shattering the old conference record by almost 50 points.  In addition to his winning performance in the three meter competition, Chris also finished second in the one meter event.  Overall, the men placed third at the event.

For the season, the women's team is 7-1, including 4-0 in the MAC while the men's team is 2-5.  Both teams next compete at a dual meet in mid-January against the University of Cincinnati.

Congratulations to Malarie and Chris on their outstanding meets and on being named our Hawk of the Week.

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