Marshall finished with a school record 724 points
Marshall advances 14 to scoring finals tonight
The Thundering Herd is in third place after three days of competition
Marshall advances 19 to scoring finals tonight
Bendziewicz becomes the fifth Marshall swimmer to win an individual conference title in school history
Photos by Johnny Crawford
Marshall Swimming & Diving at the 2017 Conference USA Championships on Feb. 24, 2017. Photos by Johnny Crawford.
Marshall Swim team competing in the Conference USA Championships. Photos by Johnny Crawford Photography.
2013 C-USA Championships
Herd Swimming and Diving hosts the second annual WV State Games.
In four years, his impact on the program has been staggering. Once again, the 2016 season was historic. Marshall University finished a school record, third at the Conference USA Championships, only 17 points out of second place. The Herd won two events and placed 12 in the Top 3, including Marshall’s first ever relay medals. 12 school records were broken in all. While the record breaking in the pool was going on, in the classroom, Marshall Swimmers and Divers were even better. 11 of 24 Marshall Swimmers 7 Divers attained 4.0 GPA, achieving an overall Team GPA of 3.68. That ranked No. 1 in Conference USA for the third straight year, and this time also was the highest of any sport in Conference USA. The 3.68 Team GPA was also 4th in the nation among NCAA Division 1 Swimming & Diving programs. During the 2015 season, Tramel’s fourth, Marshall University enjoyed their best season until then. 14 of 21 school records were shattered on route to, at the time, a program best 4th place finish in Conference USA. The team was also named one of the Top 16 most improved teams in Division 1. In the classroom, the results were even better, with a team GPA of 3.54, which ranked fifth in the nation among Division 1 Swimming & Diving programs.
Tramel arrived at Marshall University after spending eight seasons with the Minnesota Golden Gophers men & women swimming and diving teams.
During his time at Minnesota, Tramel coached with Minnesota Hall of Fame coach Dennis Dale, leading the men to conference titles in 2005 and 2007, while posting six Top 11 finishes at the NCAA Championships. He coached 14 Gopher All-Americans and recruited 2 eventual individual NCAA National Champions. During his final season at Minnesota, Tramel led the women's team to a Big Ten title, his only year coaching the ladies.
Prior to Minnesota, Tramel was the Head Assistant Coach for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Over nine years in Chapel Hill, Tramel coached 7 teams to ACC team championships alongside Head Coach Frank Comfort, the winningest coach in ACC history. Tramel was the primary coach of 40 NCAA All-Americans at UNC and 15 ACC individual event champions.
In 1994-95, Tramel was on the staff at the University of Georgia as the Bulldogs began their rise to a national power. Under the tutelage of 3-time US Olympic Coach, Jack Bauerle, Tramel assisted in Georgia's first NCAA relay National Championship. Tramel also acted as recruiting coordinator and helped lay the foundation of three straight national champion Bulldog teams. Tramel's recruiting class won Georgia's first national title when they were seniors.
Tramel began his full-time collegiate coaching career at the University of South Carolina. In 2 years as USC's Head Men's Assistant, the Gamecocks improved their NCAA finish from 37th to 19th.
Tramel graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Economics from the University of Missouri where he competed distance freestyle and IM for the Tigers and also was an undergraduate assistant coach.
In total, Tramel has been a part of 10 conference championships teams, (3 Big Ten, 7 ACC), the primary coach of 54 All-Americans, as well as 6 Olympic Trial Finalists.
Coach Tramel was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and graduated from Parkway West High School. He is an avid St. Louis Blues and NHL hockey fan.
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