Blazer breaks Miami record

January 6, 2021 Cranberry Local Sports

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Owen Blazer

It took Owen Blazer just one meet to find his way into the Miami University men's swimming team record book.

The recent Seneca Valley graduate's first collegiate competition was the Miami Invitational, held Dec. 3-5.

During the Redhawks' 400-yard medley relay, Blazer broke the program record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 47.74 seconds.

It topped the old record by .13 seconds.

Last February, Blazer won the WPIAL Class 3A backstroke title in district-record time.

“I like to consider myself a leader, but being just a freshman, I figured the best way to lead is in the water,” said Blazer. “I checked the records out at Miami a while back; I've always been interested in records. I thought I could be close to those times, but you never know until you go out and compete.

“If I focus on good turns and crisp strokes, times will take care of themselves.”

Blazer's first meet also yielded a 200 backstroke time (1:48.20) that cracked the school's all-time top 10. He was named Mid-American Conference Male Swimmer of the Week for his efforts.

“His school record was tremendous in its own right, but what was even more impressive was the stamina and perseverance he showed over our three-day competition with multiple individual and relay events,” replied Miami coach Hollie Bonewit-Cron in an emailed interview. “His performances were a direct result of his work ethic and commitment.”

Miami's tea m practices began Oct. 12, but Blazer missed out on the first two weeks.

“My roommate tested positive for COVID,” he said. “I never got it, but had to quarantine for two weeks.”

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Derek Pyda

Derek Pyda

- Graduated from Connellsville High School in 1996
- Graduated from Clarion University in 2000 with a Bachelors in Communications
- Have also written for Clarion News (Clarion, PA) and the Herald-Standard (Uniontown, PA)
- Started at the Butler Eagle on April 2, 2002
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