Feb. 27, 2014
Day Two Results
Atlanta, Ga. – Four Marshall swimmers competed in the finals of individual events on the second day of the Conference USA Championships and delivered performances that rank in the top ten of the Thundering Herd record books.
“We had a great night. All four of our swims not only improved on their times from this morning, but also improved their placing,” coach Bill Tramel said.
In the A Final of the 500-yard freestyle, junior Kaley Gregory (Hurricane, W.Va.) improved upon the lifetime-best time she set in preliminaries and recorded a time of 4:55.49, the fourth fastest in program history.Gregory’s time earned the Herd 14 points and was good for a ninth-place finish in the final.
Gregory later joined teammates senior Vera Niemeyer (Wuerselen, Germany), freshman Chloe Parsemain (Fos sur Mer, France) and junior Katie Kramer (Naples, Fla.) in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The quartet finished in seventh place with a season-best time of 1:38.94. The time was good for 15th in the Marshall record books.
“Vera led our 200 free relay in a lifetime best, which also adds her to our All-Time Top Ten list for the 50 free,” Tramel said.
Niemeyer now sits in a tie for eighth on that list, joining Parsemain, who secured the spot in preliminaries Thursday morning.
Junior Kacey Preun (St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada) delivered the third-fast time in Marshall history in the B Final of the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:54.75. Her season-best time added seven points to the Herd’s score.
Niemeyer and freshman Mikaya Reynolds
(Chattanooga, Tenn.) both recorded new lifetime bests in the B Final of the 200-yard individual medley. Niemeyer’s time of 2:05.79 was good for the fifth-fastest mark in Marshall history and a sixth-place finish in the final. Reynolds moved up to eighth on the Herd’s list of top performances with a time of 2:06.37. The freshman placed eighth in the B Final. The two combined to earn eight points for Marshall.
“We always talk about getting the job done in the morning and then picking someone off to move up at night. We did just that,” Tramel said.
Three Marshall divers competed Thursday morning in the 3-meter diving preliminaries. Junior Casey Kyriacopoulos (Charlottesville, Va.) led the Herd with an 18th-place finish and score of 171.10. Freshman Rachel Sleichter (Lorton, Va.) posted a score of 164.10 and finished one spot behind Kyriacopoulos. Freshman Megan Wolons (Williamsburg, Va.) scored 152.20 to place 21st.
Marshall is currently in ninth place with 133.0 points.
“We are within striking distance of three or four teams. If we can have a preliminary session tomorrow like we did today, we may have a chance to catch them. But, regardless, we are improving across the board, and that’s something we can build off of,” Tramel said.
The Herd will be back in action at 10 a.m. ET Friday for preliminaries of the 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke and 1-meter diving.