@HerdSwimDive Sets Two School Records in First Day of C-USA Championships
The Herd won bronze in the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relay
Results | Championship Central
ATLANTA – The Marshall Swimming and Diving team sits in third place after two events at the 2017 Conference USA Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta.
The first night of competition started with a school record by the Herd’s 200 medley relay team. Sirena Rowe, Catherine Bendziewicz, Chloe Parsemain, and Gloriya Mavrova combined to finish in at 1:39.52. Rowe led off by blasting a 24.15 on the backstroke leg to put the Herd in a commanding lead. Marshall held strong through the next few legs before FIU and Rice inched ahead at the finish. The Marshall relay time broke the previous school record by over a second and a half.
After a 45 minute break, Marshall crushed another school record. This time in the 800 freestyle relay. Academic All-Conference selection Anna Lynch led the relay with a lifetime best 1:50.21, the fifth fastest 200 freestyle time in Marshall history. Lynch then handed off to Bendziewicz, who swam 1:47.16, the fastest split in school history. In the third slot, Maggie Stovall closed strong in the last 100 to split at 1:50.28. Madi Pulfer brought home the final leg by finishing with a split of 1:50.07. The Thundering Herd’s final time of 7:17.72 broke the previous school record of 7:20.49, set back in 2015.
FIU leads after day one with 80 points, followed by Rice (68), Marshall (64), North Texas (60), Old Dominion (56) and Florida Atlantic (26).
Quotes by head coach Bill Tramel
“How can we not be extremely happy with tonight’s performances? Two school records! And the 200 medley relay’s time would have won at last year’s championship by over a second. We also had a couple time trials in between the relays that I want to mention. Laura Bradley swam a 24.12 in the 50 freestyle. That’s a lifetime best and also ranks in the top 10 of all time. Jordyn O’Dell also time trialed in the 100 free and went 52.12, another lifetime best and top 10 all-time performance. We are swimming well and we have just gotten started. We will get stronger as the meet progresses.”
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The C-USA Swimming and Diving Championships continues Thursday, with time trials starting at 10:30 a.m. ET. The finals will begin at 6 p.m., and will be streamed live on ESPN3. For more information about the event, check out the C-USA Swimming and Diving Championship central page with live results, streaming info and more.