Feb. 27, 2014
Atlanta, Ga. - The Marshall swimming and diving team had four swimmers advance to finals on the first full day of competition at the Conference USA Championships. Each swimmer who competed set a season-best time, and 10 members of the Herd delivered lifetime-best performances.
"We had a fantastic morning. We had 10 of 11 lifetime-best times with an opportunity to get the 11th tonight. Seven of our swims were among the all-time performances in program history" coach Bill Tramel said.
In the 500-yard freestyle, juniors Kaley Gregory (Hurricane, W.Va) and Kacey Preun (St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada) advanced to the finals with 10th and 19th place finishes, respectively. Gregory's time of 4:56.09 was a new lifetime best that was enough to make her the third fastest performer in the event in Marshall swimming history. Her time was also the fourth-fastest performance in program history. Preun followed close behind with a season-best time of 4:58.84 that earned her the 15th-fastest time in the Marshall record books.
Senior Tiffany Aeling (Columbus, Ohio) and freshman Teel Hartmann (Louisville, Ky.) also set lifetime-best times in the event. Aeling finished in 5:05.87, while Hartmann clocked a time of 5:00.63. The freshman's time allowed her to snag the 20th spot in the record books and moved her to the eighth-fastest performer.
The Herd will also send two swimmers to the finals of the 200-yard individual medley. Senior Vera Niemeyer (Wuerselen, Germany) qualified with a 17th place finish thanks to a lifetime-best time of 2:06.03. Freshman Mikaya Reynolds (Chattanooga, Tenn.) dropped 5.44 seconds to set a new lifetime best of 2:06.59 and secure a spot in the finals with a 19th place finish.
Seniors Madison Lawhorn (Baltimore, Ohio) and Heather Moore (Roswell, Ga.) also set lifetime-best times in the 200-yard individual medley with times of 2:07.64 and 2:08.50, respectively.
Niemeyer improved her second-place standing in the Marshall record books. Reynolds and Lawhorn earned places in Marshall 200-yard individual medley history, as Reynolds now sits in third on the list of top performers. Lawhorn recorded the 17th-fastest time in program history, while Niemeyer's time earned her sixth and Reynolds' landed her in eighth.
In the final swim of the morning, the 50-yard freestyle, freshman Chloe Parsemain (Fos sur Mer, France) led the Herd with a 28th place finish and time of 24.44. Her time moved her to eighth in the Marshall record books for top performers in the event.
Junior Katie Kramer (Naples, Fla.) recorded a time of 24.85, while sophomore Alex Black (Palm Bay, Fla.) finished just behind her in 25.08. All three times were lifetime bests for the swimmers.
"We have four swims tonight. Mikaya and Vera in the 200 IM, Kaley in her first big final, and Kacey. We're looking forward to putting points on the board tonight," Tramel said.
Finals begin at 6 p.m. ET. Follow @HerdSwimming and C-USA live stats for live updates.