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Herd Falls at Home to Akron, 176-123

Preun broke the Fitch Natatorium Record in the 400-yard Individual Medley

Jan. 14, 2012

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – In their first meet of 2012, Marshall Swimming and Diving was defeated by the Akron Zips, 176-123, Saturday inside Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium.

The Herd (7-4) would grab seven victories today and was led by freshman Kacey Preun’s three wins. Along with Heather Moore in the 400-yard individual medley, the Fitch Natatorium record was broken by both ladies. Moore’s second place finish of 4:31.89 originally broke the record, but her teammate Preun one-upped her with her first place time of 4:30.13.

Moore, a sophomore from Roswell, Georgia would collect one of the Herd’s victories on the day with a time of 10:30.58 in the 100-yard Freestyle.

Sarah Kay was Marshall’s other multiple event winner with a victory in the 200-yard Butterfly (2:05.39) and 100-yard Butterfly (58.85). Kay continues to be perfect on the year in the 200 fly, improving to a mark of seven-for-seven on the year.

Madison Lawhorn would round out the winners for the Herd with a time of 1:05.73 in the 100-yard Breaststroke. Her mark is her second career best and it is her eighth victory in the event this season.

Akron (3-3) would grab nine victories on the afternoon, two apiece from Jessica Ickes (50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle) and Kelsea Cross (200 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke). The Zips captured each of the team relay and diving events.

“On Paper, this was a team we matched up very well with, and credit to Akron for their performance,” remarked Head Coach Russell Hunt. “I was looking for a little more fight from the ladies.”

Hunt in the end is still happy with his squad and looks forward to the near future, “We are showing signs of coming around though, and there were certainly some races today that speak to that.  I like where we are, and with the team at the peak of their training, it’s only a matter of time before we start finding speed together.”

Marshall is back in action this Tuesday when they travel to Athens, Ohio to do battle with former MAC foe, the Ohio Bobcats. The meet is scheduled to begin at 5 P.M.

Notes: Saturday's meet was senior day and Marshall took a moment to congratulate Seniors Lauren Tarka and Megan Demeter before the start of the event.