Thundering Herd Swimming & Diving Second at West Virginia Games
Sophomore Bendziewicz wins three events
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The Marshall swimming & diving team finished second to the West Virginia Mountaineers at the West Virginia Games Saturday in Morgantown, W.Va. The Thundering Herd improved on its first day results by winning five events Saturday.
Sophomore Catherine Bendziewicz was a triple winner, touching the wall first in the 100 Freestyle (52.66), 200 Freestyle (1:53.44) and 100 Breaststroke (1:06.42). Senior Emma Lockyer was the champion of the 400 IM by almost four seconds (4:30.81). Junior Anna Lynch and sophomore Angelica di Marzio teamed up for a 1-2 finish in the 1650 Freestyle, with Lynch completing the 66 length race in a winning time of 17:26.60 to Di Marzio’s 17:34.06.
The Herd finished the meet with 1,262.5 points, the second highest total for a Marshall squad. The Herd holds the WV Games team point record at 1,660 from the 2016 competition. Host West Virginia won the meet with 1,515.5 points.
“We learned so much from this meet,” said head coach Bill Tramel. “Good things and also things we need to improve on. Our second day was much better than our first, but there were glaring things that we must improve to maximize our potential. I thought some of our upperclassmen were exceptional. Caroline Wanner’s compete level was at a red line all weekend long. She showed tremendous fight and toughness. I thought our top line across the board was very, very good. Our depth was not. The thing I am most happy about is the way a few of our athletes embraced challenges of swimming events they don’t normally swim. Prime on that list is Justine (Jagga). She swam the 200 Fly for the first time in her life and finished sixth.
“We have a good two weeks of work before our next competition. We’ll focus on some skill development and expect to be better when we get to Washington D.C., for our next meet against George Washington.”
Final Team Scores:
West Virginia 1,515.5
WV Wesleyan 226
Fairmont State 226
Davis & Elkins 183
WV Tech 166
Salem International 44
Marshall hits the road to take on George Washington on Oct. 20. The meet starts at 2 p.m., from Washington D.C.