Thundering Herd Records Three Wins to Wrap Up Technotational
Program turns attention to C-USA Championships
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. - Marshall Swimming and Diving completed the Virginia Tech Technotational in impressive fashion, winning three of the day’s five individual events.
The evening began with the 1650 Freestyle. Marshall finished with four of the top five places, including a 1-2 finish. Anna Lynch jumped out to the lead early. In the end, Lynch posted a season-best 16:47.65, the sixth-fastest time in Conference USA this year. Angelica di Marzio was close behind in second (17:03.95). Fourth-place was claimed by freshman Cara Martin in a lifetime-best 17:15.37. Oda Gjerde was fifth (17:18.43) and Savannah Ruedt was 10th in a season-best 17:32.43.
Marshall won the 200 Backstroke next with Caroline Wanner out-touching a Virginia Tech opponent in. 2:02.26. Jordyn O’Dell was fourth in 2:04.71 and Madi Pulfer improved on her prelim time to finish sixth in a season-best 2:05.63.
In the 100 Freestyle, Darby Coles led the way for the Herd, placing fourth in a season-best 51.77. Maggie Stovall was sixth in 52.82. In the Bonus Final, Lauren Cowher finished 18th overall in 53.72. Rachael DePietro was 19th (53.97) and Kristine Sullivan 20th (54.58).
Emma Lockyer completed her meet with yet another lifetime-best time in winning the 200 Breaststroke. Her 2:18.62 not only is the 10th fastest in Conference USA this season, but also the fourth-fastest time in Marshall school history. Rachel Hughes finished seventh (2:27.49) and Justine Jagga was 8th (2:27.72).
In a photo finish, Shir Wasserman came up 0.02 short of winning the 200 Butterfly, but still finished in a season-best 2:03.44. Maddie Schaffer was seventh, improving her morning time (2:08.04). Hannah Robins finished 11th overall out of the Consolation Final (2:09.78) and Brittany Wilkerson was 12th (2:11.96).
Marshall completed the meet with a second-place finish in the 400 Freestyle Relay. The team of Robins, Coles, O’Dell, and Pulfer finished in 3:30.44.
“This was the perfect meet for us to prepare for Conference USA Championships,” head coach Bill Tramel stated after the meet’s conclusion. “You want to be swimming your best at this time of year. We didn’t back off for this meet and, after everything was tallied, had 10 lifetime bests and 37 season bests. We need to stay healthy now so that we can really have fun in Atlanta in 16 days.”
Marshall’s next competition is the Conference USA Championships (February 21-24), held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta.