@HerdSwimDive Finishes Third at C-USA Championships
Marshall finished with a school record 724 points
ATLANTA – The Marshall swimming and diving team finished third in the 2017 Conference USA Championships with a school record 724 points.
"We certainly we're hoping for a higher team finish but we really had a fantastic meet,” head coach Bill Tramel said. “13 school records. That matches the most ever in one season. And it's much harder now since our records are faster and so is our conference.
It's a sad night too because so many seniors had their last competition. It's a special crew because they are my first full class to graduate. Great season, but we aren't finished. Sirena [Rowe] will be headed to NCAA's next month. So, there is more fun to come."
FIU won the meet with 922.5 points. Rice was second, only 25 points ahead of Marshall with 749. North Texas finished fourth with 435.5. Old Dominion claimed fifth place and had 326 points, while Florida Atlantic finished sixth with 221. Marshall’s 724 points was over a hundred more than the Herd score at the 2016 Championships.
Marshall broke three school records in the final session.
Junior Carin Ingram finished sixth with the first school record of the evening in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:59.42. Caroline Wanner was right behind in seventh at 2:00.76. Freshman Jordyn O'Dell won the consolation final to finish ninth overall at 2:01.25. Madeline Schaffer was 13th at 2:04.23.
Five Marshall swimmers scored in the 1650 free. Anna Lynch was sixth at 16:46.31, while Madi Pulfer finished seventh at 16:52.33. Angelica di Marzio finished eighth with a lifetime best, 16:54.11. Savannah Ruedt placed 11th at 17:12.67 and Teel Hartmann was 12th in 17:17.38.
Sirena Rowe continued to add her name to the Herd record board. Rowe broke her own school record from prelims to grab the silver medal at 49.53 in the 100 free. Gloriya Mavrova finished fourth at 50.12.
The 200 breast saw two lifetime best performances that rank in the top 10 all-time at Marshall. Catherine Bendziewicz finished seventh at 2:17.00 and Emma Lockyer was 12th at 2:20.91.
Marshall scored valuable points in the 200 butterfly. Shir Wasserman touched in at 2:02.25 for fourth place. Chloe Parsemain followed in fifth place at 2:02.84. Hannah Robins finished in seventh with a time of 2:04.78. Schaffer grabbed the eighth spot at 2:06.06.
The Thundering Herd went on to score 33 points in platform diving. Megans Wolons finished fifth (216.95), Kelly Toner was seventh (176.25), Madison Young was 13th (138.10) and Rachel Sleichter was 14th (134.65).
Marshall broke one last record in the final event of the meet. The 400 freestyle relay saw the team of Bendziewicz, Rowe, Mavrova and Parsemain combine to shatter the school record by almost three seconds. Marshall led with Bendziewicz's lifetime best, 51.15. Rowe was next and pulled the Herd into second place. That's when Mavrova, swimming her final time before early graduation, rocked a 49.81 split to give Parsemain some breathing room to hold on to the silver medal. Parsemain needed every bit of it and a huge split of her own to hold off North Texas. Marshall took silver by only 17 one hundredths of a second.