Herd in Second After Session 1|
Oct. 11, 2013
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Marshall swimming and diving team finished Session 1 of the West Virginia State Games in second place with a 228.0 total score in in Morgantown, Friday evening.
“It feels good to finally get racing again,” coach Bill Tramel said. “Our focus this weekend is simply to race, focus on finish details and enjoy the weekend.”
WVU took first with a 433.0 total score and Wheeling Jesuit University trailed Marshall with a 126.0 finish, placing third.
“We were a little rusty tonight, but that’s to be expected the first time out,” Tramel said. “A low key event like the West Virginia State Games is perfect right now. We have lots of things to work on and mistakes won’t cost us right now.”
Two freshmen made their collegiate poolside debuts, while six seniors made their last appearance in the third annual meet. Freshmen Megan Wolons (Williamsburg, Va.) and Teel Hartmann (Louisville, Ky.) competed and contributed a combined 30 points to the total team score.
Senior Sarah Kay (Cape Town, South Africa) had two top 5 finishes in the first session of the West Virginia State Games. She secured second place with a 2:13.53 time in the 200-yard Individual Medley and third place in the 400-yard Medley Relay along with teammate and senior Vera Niemeyer (Wuerselen, Germany) with a time of 4:06.02.
Niemeyer also had multiple top 5 finishes. Aside from the 400-yard Medley Relay, she shared third place with senior Tiffany Aeling (Columbus, Ohio), junior Lauren Hurd (Orange Village, Ohio) and senior Maddison Lawhorn (Baltimore, Ohio) in the 200-yard Free Relay with a time of 1:43.03.
“It was fun to watch some freshman begin their Marshall careers tonight. We’re going to get some rest and look forward to tomorrow’s events,” Tramel said.
Marshall will begin action at 9 a.m. Saturday and complete two sessions of competition. Meet Mobile is a free application for IPhones and Androids that will have updated scores of all events, fans can search for the meet by searching WV State Games . The Herd squad finished session one with:
Tiffany Aeling: 12.0 – 200-yard Free Relay (1:43.03), 500-yard Free (5:20.31), 50-yard Free (26.35)