Feb. 28, 2014
Day Three Results
Atlanta, Ga. – Eight individual Marshall swimmers and one Thundering Herd relay squad competed in the finals on day three of the Conference USA Championships Friday evening.
“We did a fine job tonight. We had a bonus with Alex Black getting scratched into the 100 Breast for her first final swim. We also just missed the school record in the 400 medley relay,” head coach Bill Tramel said.
Marshall’s 400-yard medley relay team of seniors Vera Niemeyer (Wuerselen, Germany), Madison Lawhorn (Baltimore, Ohio) and Sarah Kay (Cape Town, South Africa) and freshman Chloe Parsemain (Fos sur Mer, France) swam its way into the Marshall record books. The quartet posted a season-best time of 3:34.19 that ranks third all-time in program history.
Freshman Teel Hartmann (Louisville, Ky.) represented the Herd in the finals of the 400-yard individual medley. She placed ninth in the A Final with a time of 4:28.94, the 11th fastest in Marshall history. Hartmann’s finish earned Marshall 14 points.
In the B Final of the 100-yard butterfly, Kay secured a ninth-place finish with a time of 56.94.
Junior Kacey Preun (St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada) competed in the B Final of the 200-yard freestyle. She placed tenth with a time of 1:53.21.
In the 100-yard breaststroke B Final, Lawhorn placed fourth to earn the Herd seven points. She recorded a time of 1:04.14, the sixth fastest in Marshall history. In the same event, freshman Mikaya Reynolds (Chattanooga, Tenn.) placed ninth with a time of 1:06.35. Sophomore Alex Black (Naples, Fla.), a late addition to the final, recorded a time of 1:06.62.
Niemeyer and freshman Bree Mury (Round Rock, Texas) and continued to cement their places at the top of Marshall’s list of top performances in the 100-yard backstroke. Niemeyer earned 13 points with a tenth-place finish in the A Final with a time of 56.43, the second-fastest time in program history behind the school record she set in preliminaries Thursday. Mury’s time of 58.10 was good for sixth on the list of top performances. She tied for ninth in the B Final.
In the 1-meter diving, junior Casey Kyriacopoulos (Charlottesville, Va.) placed 17th with a score of 184.80. She was followed by freshmen Megan Wolons (Williamsburg, Va.) in 20th place (167.75) and Rachel Sleichter (Lorton, Va.) in 22nd (141.45).
“Our divers did great, and now all three have scored points for our team,” Tramel said.
The Herd currently sits in ninth place with 218.5 points.
“We have the potential for a strong day tomorrow with about half of our swimmers swimming their best event. We need to make sure we come ready to play in the morning,” Tramel said.
Marshall will swim the final preliminary session of the C-USA Championships Saturday morning at 10 a.m. ET. The session will feature the 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, 1650-yard freestyle and platform diving.