Herd Finishes Day 1 of Quad Meet


Junior Kaley Gregory had a second-place finish in the 1,640-yard freestyle tonight.

Junior Kaley Gregory had a second-place finish in the 1,640-yard freestyle tonight.

Jan. 24, 2014

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall’s swimming and diving team finished Day 1 of its first quad meet of the year against host-team Western Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Cumberlands. The Thundering Herd’s senior Sarah Kay (Cape Town, South Africa) and junior Kaley Gregory (Hurricane, W.Va.) had Marshall’s highest finishes of the night in the Bill Powell Natatorium.

 “Our performances tonight, for the most part, were solid,” coach Bill Tramel said. “However, we’re still having challenges with some details. We talked about that after tonight’s session, and I told our team that race execution details are the only thing I want them to focus on tomorrow.”

With a 2:05.67, Kay took second place in the 200-yard butterfly. Freshman Bree Mury (Round Rock, Texas) competed in three events, one of which was the 400-yard freestyle relay, where she along with her teammates gave Marshall a top five finish with a time of 3:46.60.

 “Sarah Kay had a great 200 fly,” Tramel added. “She didn’t win, but she is finally starting to learn her race strategy. We like how Bree Mury is moving along. She had some nice swims tonight.”

Junior Kacey Preun (St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada St. Mary's Academy) finished sixth in the 200-yard freestyle, with Gregory coming in closely behind for seventh. Both finished behind each other in the 1,650-yard freestyle, as well. Gregory took second with a 17:27.68, while Preun finished third with a 17:29.67. Senior Tiffany Aeling (Columbus, Ohio) had a fifth place finish in the same event, clocking a 17:45.37.

 “Our milers were strong tonight,” Tramel said. “Kacey Preun and Tiffany Aeling were right at their times from our rest meet back in December.”

Freshman Megan Wolons (Williamsburg, Va.) scored a 188.02 for fifth place in the one-meter diving event, while teammate and junior Casey Kyriacopoulos (Charlottesville, Va.) trailed closely with a 186.60 for sixth.

“It was also great to have our divers with us, again. They have a tremendous challenge diving without a coach, and they have done an exceptional job preparing by themselves. They competed very well tonight,” Tramel concluded.

The swimming and diving team will finish the meet on Saturday with a start time set at noon.