Feb. 4, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - In the final regular season event of the year, Marshall swimming and diving earned first place in the MU Invite Saturday inside the Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium.
The highlight of Saturday's event was the relay team of Heather Moore, Tiffany Aeling, Emily Heniken, and Kaley Gregory breaking the Fitch Natatorium record in the 800-yard freestyle relay record with a performance of 7:49.33.
Marshall also got a boost from their 200-yard medley relay teams. In the first event of competition the team of Kim Recinella, Madison Lawhorn, Katie Kramer, and Rachael Wheeler captured the 200-yard medley relay (1:53.50). While the grouping of Emily Akalski, Frankie Hilbert, Arlie Rykosky, and Lauren Tarka posted the second best time in the event with a time of 1:54.37, which allowed the Thundering Herd to get off to the fast start.
Overall, Marshall would finish in first with Converse College in second and Ursuline in third.
"We came into this meet knowing where we needed to execute to solidify the win. The team absolutely responded," said head coach Russell Hunt.
The Herd also received individual event victories from Gregory in the 400-yard individual medley (4:40.12), plus Vera Niemeyer in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.90) and 200-yard backstroke (2:06.06), Megan Demeter in the 100-yard butterfly (59.78) and 100-yard freestyle (55.20), Sarah Kay in the 200-yard butterfly (2:04.06), and Moore in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:27.00.
Kay's victory in the 200 butterfly moved her unbeaten streak to nine on the year and her time was the second time her and the Herd this season.
During relay action, the team of Lauren Hurd, Alex Dschaak, Katie Kramer, and Lawhorn had the second best time in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a mark of 8:06.08. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Converse College would garner first place, but Hunt's ladies would post the second best mark in the event with a performance of 1:45.06 from Sarah Coghlin, Kim Recinella, Hurd, and Akalski. The second grouping of Niemyer, Dschaak, Demeter, and Kassie Goodall put up a time of 1:42.66.
The Herd finished with 239 points, with Converse collecting 219 points, and Ursuline finishing with 40 points.
Marshall now moves onto the Conference USA Championships Feb. 15-18 in Houston, Texas. Marshall will be looking for their best showing ever at the championships after completing their most successful season ever while apart of C-USA. Details concerning the event will be available via HerdZone.com in the next two weeks.