Six to be inducted into Miami Athletics Hall of Fame

Baker, Carpenter, Choromanskis, Cousino, O’Neil and Russell make up 48th Hall of Fame Class

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OXFORD — Miami University Athletics will honor six outstanding individuals this fall as it inducts the Hall of Fame Class of 2016-17 the weekend of Oct. 14-15. Comprising the 48th Hall of Fame Class is Jeanne Baker McDaniel ’94 (women’s tennis), Ron Carpenter ’93 (football/men’s track), Christine Choromanskis Regelsberger ’89 (women’s swimming), Shaedyn Cousino Bogle ’03 (women’s soccer), John O’Neil ’88 (men’s soccer) and Bob “Chub” Russell ’48 (football/men’s basketball).

Jeanne Baker ’94 was a six-time Mid-American Conference champion, propelling the Miami University women’s tennis team to four straight MAC titles from 1991-1994. Baker captured MAC crowns at No. 2 singles in 1994, at No. 4 singles in 1993 and at No. 3 singles as a freshman in 1991. In doubles play, Baker teamed up with Laurie Vetter for a MAC title in the third flight in 1992, while pairing with Dale Cohen for MAC titles at No. 2 doubles in 1993 and No. 1 doubles in 1994. She was a two-time First-Team All-MAC honoree, capturing honors in 1992 and 1994. During her Miami career, the Red and White amassed a combined 58-26 record and an impressive 21-1 MAC mark while going undefeated in MAC play her first three seasons. Baker, a four-year letterwinner for the Red and White, also was a three-time Academic All-MAC selection from 1992-1994.

A two-sport athlete at Miami, Ron Carpenter ’93 is one of just 11 in Miami football history to earn First-Team All-MAC distinction three times, seizing the awards from 1990-92. He continues to hold the record for most interceptions in a career and a season as Carpenter amassed 16 career interceptions and twice recorded seven interceptions in a season (1990 and 1991), which ties five others. Carpenter also is the career record holder for interception return yards (361) and finished with the top two single-season marks in that category with 197 in 1991 and 164 in 1990, which now rank second and third, respectively. A four-year letterwinner in football, he played in the Hula Bowl following his senior season, earning Defensive MVP honors following the game. Carpenter was named to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s All-Millennium Team in 2000. In addition to his prowess on the gridiron, Carpenter was also a standout on the track where he earned two letters. Carpenter helped the Red and White to a MAC Championship in 1993 and was a part of the MAC Champion 4×400-meter relay that season. He also was a part of the school-record 4×100-meter relay that clocked a time of 40.64 in 1993, which continues to serve as the record in the event. After Miami, he went on to play football professionally in the NFL from 1993-99 with the Minnesota Vikings, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and St. Louis Rams in addition to stints in the Arena League (1998-04) and World League (1995, 1997). Carpenter and the Rams won Super Bowl XXXIV in 1999.

During her time with the Red and White, Christine Choromanskis ’89 was a six-time MAC Champion, spearheading the Miami women’s swimming and diving team to a trio of MAC titles in 1986, 1987 and 1988. A butterfly and freestyle specialist, Choromanskis captured back-to-back MAC titles in the 200 butterfly, winning in 1987 in a time of 2:03.84 and 1988 in a time of 2:04.97. She was a member of the 400 medley relay that notched MAC titles in 1986 and 1987, while competing on the 400 and 800 freestyle relays that both earned MAC titles in 1986. All four relays set then-MAC Championship meet records. In 1989, Choromanskis set two individual MAC records in the 200 freestyle (1:51.42) and the 200 butterfly (2:02.71). She finished her Miami career owning six varsity records in the 200 and 500 freestyles, 200 butterfly, 400 medley relay and 400 and 800 freestyle relays. Choromanskis was named Miami’s Leann Grimes Davidge Award winner in 1989, which is noted as the top award for an upperclass female student-athlete and recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and leadership.

Shaedyn Cousino ’03 was a vital part of a dominant era for Miami women’s soccer. During her time at Miami, the RedHawks seized three MAC Tournament crowns from 2000-2002 and won the MAC regular season in 2002 in Cousino’s senior season. Miami advanced to the MAC tournament championship game each year and earned berths in the NCAA Tournament in 2000, 2001 and 2002. Cousino and the RedHawks advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament her final two seasons in 2001 and 2002. In her senior season, Cousino helped the Red and White to a 19-3-2 record and an 11-1-0 mark in conference action. A four-year letterwinner for the RedHawks, Cousino was a four-time All-MAC selection as well as a four-time All-Ohio honoree. She earned first-team All-MAC distinction in 1999 and first-team All-Ohio honors in 1999 and 2000. Cousino twice notched NSCAA All-Region honors, earning second-team distinction in 2002 and third-team recognition in 2000. In 2001, she captured NSCAA Third-Team Scholar All-America honors. She also was twice named to the MAC All-Tournament Team, capturing the awards in 2001 and 2002.

John O’Neil ’88 spearheaded Miami men’s soccer to its first MAC title in 1986. He was a three-time captain for the Red and White from 1985-1987 and started every game during his four-year career. The Red and White finished the 1986 season going 8-1-1 over their final 10 matches, and he was second on the team in scoring that season with 19 points. O’Neil was a two-time First-Team All-MAC selection for Miami, earning the honor in 1986 and 1987. A four-year letterwinner for the Red and White, O’Neil twice earned All-Ohio honors (1984 and 1986). He also was a two-time NSCAA All-Mideast Region selection, capturing the award in 1984 and 1986. Upon his arrival at Miami, O’Neil and his teammates sparked an impressive turnaround that culminated in 10-3-4 record in his freshman campaign, more than tripling the number of wins from the previous season. O’Neil finished his career ranked third in career assists with 16, which ties for seventh all-time at Miami.

Bob “Chub” Russell ’48 was a two-sport athlete at Miami from 1942-44, earning two letters in football and one in basketball. A two-year starting quarterback on the gridiron, Russell earned United Press All-Ohio honors in 1943 as Miami went on to an Ohio College Co-Championship. He was a captain for the football team in 1943, which posted a 7-2-1 mark. At a time when the forward pass was evolving the game of football, Russell was considered one of the best forward passers in the country and was being courted by teams in the National Football League. Russell’s collegiate career was interrupted by World War II and a severe injury upon his return to Miami in 1946 cut his athletic career short.

The six members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2016-17 will be honored during an induction dinner at the Armstrong Center Pavilion on Friday, Oct. 14. There will be a reception from 6-6:30 p.m. with the dinner and induction ceremony following at 6:30 p.m.

Cost of the dinner is $40 per person and reservations for the induction dinner must be made by Wednesday, Oct. 5. Space is limited and reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. No walk-up patrons will be admitted. Call the Miami Athletic Ticket Office at (513) 529-4295 with questions or dietary needs. This year’s class will be further recognized at halftime of the Miami football game versus Kent State on Saturday, Oct. 15. Game time will be determined at a later date.

Baker, Carpenter, Choromanskis, Cousino, O’Neil and Russell make up 48th Hall of Fame Class

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