Herd Competes Strong During Friday Prelims at C-USA Championships
Five qualify in 400 IM
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ATLANTA—Marshall Swimming & Diving continued its advancement in Friday morning's preliminaries at the 2018 C-USA Swimming & Diving Championships.
Marshall qualified all five of its entries in the 400 Individual Medley including Emma Lockyer claiming the pole position with a lifetime best time of 4:15.37. Her time is the second fastest in Marshall history. Caroline Wanner qualified fifth in 4:23.42 and Madeline Schaffer secured the eighth slot with a time of 4:24.48.
Cara Martin and Oda Gjerde will represent the Herd in the Consolation Final. Martin swam a lifetime best 4:25.09 for 11th, tying recent Marshall graduate Teel Hartmann for the seventh fastest time in school history. Gjerde was right behind in 12th with a time of 4:26.78, good for the ninth best Marshall time ever.
Marshall again advanced all of their entries in the 100 Butterfly. Hannah Robins made the Championship Final at seventh with a time of 55.51. Shir Wasserman was 13th in 56.14 and Jordyn O'Dell put up a lifetime best time of 56.47 for 15th.
The Herd put up eight 200 Freestylers and three advanced to Finals. Catherine Bendziewicz led the way in seventh with a time of 1:49.21. Darby Coles swam the distance in 1:49.73 for 10th. Her time now sits as the third fastest in school history. Maggie Stovall will join Coles in the Consolation Final qualifying 14th with a time of 1:50.78.
Lauren Cowher snuck into the 100 Breaststroke Consolation heat at 16th with a 1:04.91 time and Jordyn O'Dell made Marshall's only 100 Backstroke entry count. O'Dell finished third in a lifetime best of 55.36.
In diving, Madeline Young qualified seventh on 1-Meter Springboard for Friday night’s Championship Final. Bailey Basham finished 10th with a score of 220.25, the 10th best score for a Marshall diver in school history. Sarah McGlumphy was 15th overall with 158.65 points.
"We have great opportunity tonight,” head coach Bill Tramel said. "We have positioned ourselves well and now we just need to execute and have fun racing. We'll also have a 400 Medley Relay tonight and we hope to keep our medal streak alive. I know we'll get after it."
Also competing in the preliminaries but not advancing:
Anna Lynch - 17th (1:51.29)
Madi Pulfer - 19th (1:51.87)
Rachel DePietro - 20th (1:52.13)
Savannah Ruedt - 21st (1:52.75)
Angelica di Marzio - 22nd (1:52.80)
Kristine Sullivan - 24th (1:53.96)
Brittany Wilkerson - 26th (1:54.44)
Rachel Hughes - 20th (1:05.57)
Justine Jagga - 24th (1:06.99)