Jan. 12, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Marshall swimming and diving kicked off the 2013 portion of its schedule on Friday with two victories in a quad-meet inside the IUPUI Natatorium.
The Thundering Herd was victorious against host IUPUI (73-59) and Xavier (65-57) while falling to Ball State (92-46). Marshall improves to 4-2 on the season.
"We had 14 season-best performances tonight. That's good progress,” head coach Bill Tramel said. “We had our hands full as we competed without our divers tonight. I thought our women fought hard."
A multitude of swimmers had strong performances in the water Friday. Sarah Kay led the way with two victories. She got to the wall first in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:05.93 for her fourth win of the season in the event. The junior also was first in the 400 individual medley with a season-best time of 4:36.56 and MU’s first win in the event this year.
Freshman Danica Ross picked up her first career win with a time of 24.10 in the 50 freestyle, which was both a team best this season and the seventh fastest time in school history. Ross also collected a fourth place finish in the 100 free with a time of 54.52.
Madison Lawhorn continued a strong season to-date with a second place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.59) and a fourth place finish in the 200 breast (2:27.30). Her 100 time is the 16th fastest time in school history.
In the 1000 freestyle, Kaley Gregory and Megan Clemens finished second and third respectively. Gregory had a time of 10:35.38 for a second place finish while Clemens came in just behind her teammate at third with a career-best time of 10:35.96
Gregory also had a fourth place finish in the 500 free with a time of 5:14.17.
Other notable Herd swimmers on Friday included Kacey Preun, who had second place finishes in the 200 IM (4:37.61) and 200 free (1:56.25). Lauren Hurd was third in both the 50 free (24.60) and 100 free (54.27) Hurd’s 50 free time was her career-best.
Arlie Rykosky was third in the 200 fly with a time of 2:12.57 and fellow senior Sarah Coghlin was fourth in the 200 free after posting a time of 1:57.91.
Marshall will stay in Indianapolis on Saturday for another quad-meet. The Herd will once again challenge IUPUI but battle with first-time opponents Saint Louis and Western Illinois. The meet gets underway at 2 p.m. Live scoring is available through HerdZone.com
"Tomorrow can be a major turning point for us. We must come back and compete well,” Tramel added. “This is a great way to simulate a multi-day meet. I told the women to view tonight as prelims and they all made it back for finals. Well, tomorrow's meet is finals. We have to have more resilience than we did at the Miami Invite. I'm excited to see us step up to the challenge”