Feb. 17, 2012
HOUSTON, Texas - Marshall Swimming and Diving wrapped up day three of competition at the Conference USA Championships Friday sitting in fifth place.
The Thundering Herd built its lead over Tulane during the day's action. Marshall will head into the final day of action Saturday looking to finish better than sixth place finish, which it has finished the past two seasons.
The big performer for Marshall Friday was Heather Moore. During the preliminary rounds of the 400-yard Individual Medley, Moore qualified sixth with a time of 4:24.37. In the evening's finals, the Georgia native finished with a time of 4:26.56, which was good enough for a sixth place finish. Both of her times were better than the all-time best performance in Marshall history.
During the 100-yard Breaststroke, Madison Lawhorn continued her strong performance in the event from throughout the season. In the prelims during the day, Lawhorn used a time of 1:03.91 to qualify eighth. That time gave her a new career high and also is the third fastest time in MU history. The sophomore would nearly duplicate her prelim performance with a seventh place finish and with a nearly identical time of 1:03.94.
Vera Niemeyer continued her strong performance during this week's event. During the qualifying portion of the 100-yard Backstroke, the junior posted the fastest time in Marshall history (57.90). But in the night session, Niemeyer one upped herself by posting a mark of 57.79 for the new fastest time.
Other notable performances for Marshall Friday where Arlie Rykosky (57.05) and Sarah Kay (57.34) in the 100-yard Butterfly and both divers for the Herd finishing in the top 16 with Lauren Rone finishing fifth with a final score of 247.15.
The fourth and final day begins Saturday at 11 a.m. E.T. with prelims from the University of Houston's CRWC Natatorium. The evening session and finals will get started at 7 p.m. E.T.