Jan. 18, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – After ten days of training in Clearwater, Fla. over the winter break, the Marshall swimming and diving team returned home to face Duquesne Saturday morning. The Herd dropped the close contest by a final score of 152-110 at the Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium.
“We fought hard today against a very good and well-coached team,” said coach Bill Tramel.
The meet was the sixth all-time meeting between the two schools. With the win, Duquesne evened the series at 3-3 all time.
“We still need to work on our turns, but we are finishing through the wall, which was actually the deciding factor in a few races today,” Tramel said. “Again, being short on numbers, we had some folks make huge commitments in doubling events outside of the primary schedule. Kaley Gregory (Hurricane, W.Va.) and Tiffany Aeling (Columbus, Ohio) both scored points in events they normally do not swim.”
Gregory led the Herd with two individual wins, earning first-place finishes in the 1,000-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle. In the 200-yard backstroke, senior Vera Niemeyer (Wuerselen, Germany) out touched Duquesne’s Morgan Fink by one, one-hundredth of a second to earn the victory. Fellow Herd senior Sarah Kay (Cape Town, South Africa) clocked her fifth win of the season in the 200-yard butterfly.
“We had some big swims. Kacey Preun (St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada) winning the 200 freestyle, Maddie Lawhorn (Baltimore, Ohio) in the 100 breaststroke and Sarah Kay’s 200 butterfly was excellent, as well. Bree Mury (Round Rock, Texas) had a fantastic meet scoring depth points.” Tramel added.
Marshall earned its first win of the season in the 200-yard freestyle with Preun’s first-place finish with a time of 1:55.73.
“We have two more competitions before conference, and we certainly took advantages of our opportunities today,” Tramel concluded.
Marshall will travel to Bowling Green, Ky,. for a two-day meet against Cumberlands, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky. The action begins Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. and resumes Jan. 25 at noon.