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Thundering Herd Takes Silver and Bronze Friday at C-USA Championships

400IM's Maddie Schaffer, Emma Lockyer (Silver Medal) and Caroline Wanner
400IM's Maddie Schaffer, Emma Lockyer (Silver Medal) and Caroline Wanner
Feb. 24, 2018

ATLANTA - Silver and bronze medal performances led Marshall Friday night at the 2018 Conference USA Swimming and Diving Championships. Emma Lockyer took second place in the 400 IM in 4:15.51 and Jordyn O'Dell was third in the 100 Backstroke with a lifetime-best 54.90. That time puts O'Dell third on the Marshall all-time list.

In addition to Lockyer, Caroline Wanner placed fourth in the 400 IM in 4:21.35 and Maddie Schaffer was seventh in 4:26.62. In the Consolation Final, Oda Gjerde swam Marshall's seventh-fastest program time of 4:24.93 for 12th place. Freshman Cara Martin scored 15th place in 4:27.67.

The 100 Butterfly was next and Hannah Robins placed sixth with a lifetime-best 55.36, the fourth-fastest in Marshall school history. Shir Wasserman dropped her prelim time to 55.88 for 11th overall.  



Catherine Bendziewicz, Thursday's 200 IM Champion, blitzed to the lead early from the outside lane in the 200 Freestyle. Despite the gutsy effort, she was not able to hold on for a medal, but did break her own school record from last season with a 1:47.73. In the Consolation Final, Darby Coles was 11th overall in 1:50.54 and Maggie Stovall finished 16th in 1:51.42. Three more from the Thundering Herd completed in the Bonus Final. Rachael DePietro finished 19th in 1:52.38. Kristine Sullivan was 22nd at 1:54.31 and Brittany Wilkerson 23rd with a 1:55.24.

Lauren Cowher moved up one spot in the 100 Breaststroke to finish 15th in 1:05.07 and Rachel Hughes was just off her prelim time that was the seventh-fastest Marshall program time, finishing 21st (1:05.60).  

In her second Championship Final appearance, Madison Young finished 8th in 1-Meter Springboard Diving with a score of 232.80. During prelims, she set her lifetime-best that was the eighth-highest score in Marshall team history.  

The final event of the evening was the 400 Medley Relay. The team of O'Dell, Lockyer, Robins and Coles placed fifth in the fourth-best time in school history (3:45.78). O'Dell posted a split time 55.62, Lockyer 1:04.10, Robins 56.69, and Coles 49.37.  

"This has been a really successful meet, with lots of lifetime bests," said Marshall head coach Bill Tramel. "I think tomorrow is our best day because we are built for 200s and our miles are always strong, plus we embrace Platform Diving. Prelims will be less than 45 minutes and doors will be open. We need to be tough enough to walk through them.

Marshall remains in third place with 353 points. Florida International leads with 707. Rice is second (502). North Texas is fourth, behind the Herd with 297 points. Old Dominion stands fifth with 221 and Florida Atlantic rounds out the field in sixth (204).

The final day of competition begins at 10:30 am Saturday with the 1650 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, 200 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, Platform Diving and the 400 Freestyle Relay. 

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