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Thundering Herd Records More Solid Numbers on Day 2 at Virginia Tech

Emma Lockyer
Emma Lockyer
Feb. 4, 2018

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. - Marshall Swimming and Diving cruised to three more lifetime bests Saturday night at the Virginia Tech Technotational.  

Emma Lockyer, once again, improved her lifetime-best in winning the 400 IM in 4:17.26, the second-fastest time in school history and the second-fastest time in Conference USA this season. Caroline Wanner was third in a season-best 4:26.71 and freshman Cara Martin finished with a lifetime-best 4:27.54, the eighth-fastest time in school history. Oda Gjerde and Maddie Schaffer improved on their qualifying times, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively (4:32.73) and (4:32.97).

In the 100 Butterfly, Hannah Robins finished fourth in a season-best 56.49. Shir Wasserman was seventh (57.30) and Jordyn O’Dell eighth (57.38).



Another Marshall all-time Top 10 mark was set in the 200 Freestyle. Freshman Darby Coles won bronze in a lifetime-best 1:50.67. Maggie Stovall followed in fourth with a season-best 1:52.52 and Madi Pulfer fifth with a season-best 1:52.84. Anna Lynch was seventh (1:53.56). Competing in the Consolation Final, Savannah Ruedt finished 10th overall (1:54.81). The Bonus Final saw Brittany Wilkerson finish 18th (1:56.47), Rachael DePietro 20th (1:57.19) and Kristine Sullivan 21st (1:57.84).

The 100 Breaststroke had two Marshall swimmers in the Championship Final. Lauren Cowher finished sixth (1:06.77) and Rachel Hughes 7th (1:07.03). Justine Jagga was 11th out of the Consolation Final (1:08.61).  

The 100 Backstroke was the last event of the evening. Jordyn O’Dell took silver in 56.31.  

“We raced hard tonight,” head coach Bill Tramel said afterward. “This has been a very enjoyable meet for us with lots of career-bests and all-time Top 10 times. We have one more day to go. This is when fatigue sets in. Our energy has been really exceptional, and if we can bring it out for one more day, we will have similar results.”

The final day of competition begins at 10 a.m. Sunday.