Day Two of Conference USA Swimming and Diving Championships in the Book|
Feb. 16, 2012
HOUSTON, Texas – Marshall swimming and diving slid past Tulane to move into fifth place following day two action at the Conference USA Swimming and Diving Championships in Houston, Texas.
The Thundering Herd has never moved into day three in fifth place as they will this year. Marshall has gathered 108 points so far while the Tulane sits in sixth place with a total of 77.
Kaley Gregory got the day’s action started as a finalist in the 500-yard Freestyle. She was able to be a finalist thanks to a preliminary time of 5:01.62, which is one of the top 20 fastest times in Marshall swimming history. Her prelim performance also crushed her career high time by ten seconds.
"Kaley did a great job getting us off and running tonight, and we capped it off with a fantastic performance in the 400 Medley relay,” said the Herd’s Head Coach Russell Hunt.
The best performance for Marshall came out of its 400-yard Medley Relay team which broke the school record with a time of 3:51.66. The group was comprised of Vera Niemeyer, Madison Lawhorn, Sarah Kay, and Kacey Preun. Niemeyer’s lead off time of 28.32 in the backstroke also broke a Marshall record.
Kay and Niemeyer also were finalists in the 200-yard Individual Medley with times of 2:06.78 and 2:10.69 respectively. Niemeyer, a junior from Germany become the first Herd swimmer to post a top ten Marshall time in the 200 IM not named Milla Kuurto.
During three meter diving, Marshall received strong performances from both of their divers. Lauren Rone finished above teammate Casey Kyriacopoulos in the evening’s finals. Rone received a score of 243.55, which was just short of her season high mark while Kyriacopoulos had a score of 173.85.
"Casey was wonderfully consistent through both sessions, and Lauren was able to raise her game tonight on her most difficult dives,” Head Diving Coach Jim Zagaria said. “All and all it was a nice way to get diving started."
Hunt was pleased with his squad’s showing during day two, "We still have a lot of work left, and our goal moving forward will be to carry this momentum through the next couple days."
The third day of action begins at 11 a.m. E.T. with the trial portion of the day’s schedule with finals beginning at 7 p.m. E.T. Fans can follow the event with live results by visiting this link.