March 1, 2014
Atlanta, Ga. - Three Marshall swimmers broke school records Saturday morning and five qualified for finals on the fourth and final day of the Conference USA Championships.
“We had another fantastic morning,” coach Bill Tramel said. “Three school records and we have two championship finals tonight and three consolation finals.”
For the second-straight day, senior Vera Niemeyer (Wuerselen, Germany) set a new fastest mark. Niemeyer broke her own record in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:00.18, good for a fifth-place finish in preliminaries.
“Vera and Sarah have opportunities to get on the podium tonight, and we loaded up the B final of the breaststroke,” Tramel added.
Junior Kaley Gregory (Hurricane, W.Va.) shattered the school record in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:51.88. She was followed by junior Kacey Preun (St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada), who set a new lifetime best with the third-fastest time in program history, 16:56.04.
“Our milers were great,” Tramel said. “Kaley with the records, Kacey, as well. Tiffany was on, but overswam the front end, but still had a life time best at the 1,000.”
The Herd had five swimmers compete in the 200-yard breaststroke - senior Madison Lawhorn (Baltimore, Ohio), junior Heather Moore (Roswell, Ga.), sophomore Alex Black (Palm Bay, Fla.) and freshmen Mikaya Reynolds (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Teel Hartmann (Louisville, Ky.). Four of the five set lifetime bests, and Lawhorn's time of 2:21.39 was good for 11th in Marshall history, while Moore's 2:22.05 landed her in 14th and Reynolds' 2:22.48 put her in 16th. The trio qualified for finals.
Senior Sarah Kay
(Cape Town, South Africa) qualified for finals in the 200-yard butterfly. Her fifth-place finish in preliminaries came via the third-fastest time in Marshall history, 2:01.81, a lifetime best for Kay.
In the 100-yard freestyle, freshman Chloe Parsemain (Fos sur Mer, France) moved into sixth place on the list of Herd top performers with a lifetime-best performance of 53.08.
Junior Katie Kramer (Naples, Fla.) also set a lifetime best in the event with a time of 54.12.
Freshman Bree Mury (Round Rock, Texas) recorded a new lifetime best in the 200-yard backstroke with a time that ranks ninth in the Marshall record books (2:05.36).
“We are looking forward to finishing the championships strong,” Tramel concluded.
The final session of the C-USA Championships will begin at 6 p.m. ET.