Feb. 28, 2014
Atlanta, Ga. – In preliminaries on day three of the Conference USA Championships, one school record fell and Marshall delivered ten lifetime-best and 13 season-best performances.
Senior Vera Niemeyer (Wuerselen, Germany) shattered the Marshall record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.19. Her tenth-place finish in preliminaries qualified her for the finals.
Freshman Bree Mury landed in second-place in the Marshall record book for top performers with a lifetime-best time of 57.93 that was good for 20th place in preliminaries and earned her a spot in the finals.
“Overall, we had a very good morning. We had a few disappointments with placings, but we can’t control that. The good thing is, with those missed placings, we still had lifetime bests, so there you go,” coach Bill Tramel said.
Freshman Teel Hartmann (Louisville, Ky.) qualified for the finals of the 400-yard individual medley with a 10th-place finish in preliminaries. Her time of 4:27.19 made her the fourth fastest performer in Marshall history with the fifth best time in the record books.
Senior Sarah Kay (Cape Town, South Africa) delivered a performance of 4:31.68, the 18th fastest in program history. Fellow senior Heather Moore (Roswell, Ga.) set a new season-best time with a 4:32.39 finish.
All three Marshall swimmers who competed in the 100-yard butterfly earned places in the Marshall record books for the event’s top performers. Kay’s lifetime-best time of 56.81 landed her in third and qualified her for the finals. Freshman Chloe Parsemain (Fos sur Mer, France) improved to sixth place on the list (57.55), while Katie Kramer (Naples, Fla.) entered the books at tenth (58.76).
“I thought the whole meet was asleep this morning, including us in the 400 IM. But then Katie Kramer and the rest of our flyers, Sarah and Chloe, woke us up with three lifetime bests in the 100 fly. That got us going,” Tramel said.
Junior Kacey Preun (St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada) earned a place in the 200-yard freestyle finals with a 19th-place finish in a season-best 1:52.49. Junior Kaley Gregory (Hurricane, W.Va.) delivered a lifetime-best performance (1:53.74), while freshmen Bree Mury (Round Rock, Texas) and senior Tiffany Aeling (Columbus, Ohio) both set lifetime bests in the event with times of 1:54.23 and 1:54.77, respectively.
Senior Madison Lawhorn (Baltimore, Ohio) and freshman Mikaya Reynolds (Chattanooga, Tenn.) both qualified for the finals of 100-yard breaststroke. Lawhorn placed 15th in preliminaries with a finish of 1:04.60, the 11th-fastest in program history.
Reynolds nabbed the 19th spot with a lifetime-best time of 1:05.46, good for 18th all-time. Reynolds and sophomore Alex Black (Palm Bay, Fla.) inserted themselves on the list of top-ten performers all-time in Marshall history. Reynolds now sits in fifth, while Black’s lifetime-best time of 1:05.79 earned her sixth place.
“I think we are two up/ five down tonight with opportunities to move up,” Tramel said.
Finals begin at 6 p.m. ET.