Liberty Defeats Herd Swimming, 119-81


Kaley Gregory had two wins on Saturday.

Kaley Gregory had two wins on Saturday.

Jan. 26, 2013

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LYNCHBURG, Va. - Liberty jumped out to a fast start and defeated Marshall swimming, 119-81 Saturday in Lynchburg, Va.

The Flames (9-2) picked up all seven of their wins in the first eight events of the dual-meet. The Thundering Herd (5-6) would win the final three events and four in total, but it wouldn't be enough to catch the home team.

"I was asking a lot from our ladies today," head coach Bill Tramel said after the meet. "It was a long and difficult drive over last night with the road conditions from the (winter) storm.  On top of that, it's a tough environment here at Liberty, but I think we made the most of our opportunities.  We still managed to have two season-best performances and I thought we swam tough.  I wanted to see us fight and race today, and I thought we did a solid job."

Kaley Gregory was the top performer for Marshall. She had two of the Herd's three individual event victories. She was first to the wall in the 1000-yard freestyle with a personal season-best 10:36.60. MU actually took the top three spots in the event as Megan Clemens and Tiffany Aeling finished second and third respectively.

The other win for Gregory came in the 500 free as she grabbed her second win of the season with a performance of 5:13.38.

The third individual event win for the Herd came from Kacey Preun. The sophomore was first in the 200 breaststroke as she tied both her season-best and the team's season-best time with a 2:23.58 performance.

"Kacey Preun had an outstanding 200 Breast," Tramel added. "I thought our entire distance crew swam very well." 

Another notable swimmer for Marshall on Saturday was Sarah Kay. She finished second in the 200 butterfly (2:10.12) and third in 200 individual medley (2:17.30).

Freshman Danica Ross, who had won at least one in event in her first three meets as a member of the Herd, was shutout. She was third in the 50 free (24.69) and fourth in the 100 free (54.86).

Marshall was the winner in the 200 free relay. Ross, Lauren Hurd, Arlie Rykosky and Katie Kramer claimed first with a time of 1:42.48.

"We have one last opportunity to compete before C-USA Championships," Tramel said. "I think we are in a good place right now. We still have some work to do, we still need to fine tune the details.  But we have positioned ourselves to do some great things."

Marshall's regular season will conclude next Saturday on the road at Duquesne. The dual-meet in Pittsburgh, Pa. is set to begin at 1 p.m.