Herd Collects Three Wins on Final Day of State Games


Madison Lawhorn had one of MU's three wins in the 100 breast.

Madison Lawhorn had one of MU's three wins in the 100 breast.

Oct. 13, 2012

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Three event wins from Marshall’s swimming and diving team helped it cap off a second place finish in the second annual West Virginia State Games.

The Thundering Herd had a point total of 764. West Virginia left the Fitch Natatorium as the women’s champions with a total of 905. Wheeling Jesuit was third with 546.

“There were many good things weekend, but we still have a lot to learn,” said first year head coach Bill Tramel. “We must do a better job collectively with our race execution.”

Madison Lawhorn carried over her strong first day of action into Saturday by winning the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.19, the 10th fastest time in school history.

The junior’s additional Saturday achievements included a fifth place finish in the 200 breast with a time of 2:30.93 and a ninth place finish in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:00.42. Lawhorn was also on third place teams in the 200 medley relay (1:52.38) and 400 free relay (3:45.13).

Kacey Preun, one of the Herd’s top swimmers during her freshman campaign last season, put together a strong Saturday performance. She put compiled the best time in 200 breast (2:23.58), an event she has now won eight times and yet to lose while at Marshall.

The native of Manitoba, Canada also compiled a trio of third place finishes during individual events. She was third in the 1650 free (17:24.70), the 100 breast (1:08.20), and the 200 free (1:55.22).

Additionally, Preun was on the 400 free relay with Lawhorn and was on the third place 800 free relay team that posted a time of 7:58.91.

Junior Sarah Kay had a strong day two with a second place time of 2:06.76 in 200 fly and a fifth place finish in the 100 fly with a time of 59.36. She too was on the 800 free relay team with Preun.

 “There were many bright spots for us. Maddie Lawhorn raced with a controlled rage, as she really fought all weekend and her win in the 100 breast was very nice,” said Tramel.

“I thought Lauren Hurd’s 100 free was a very aggressive win and Kacey (Preun) had some nice events.”

Other noteworthy swimming performances for the Herd on Saturday included Emily Heniken’s third place time (4:46.21) in the 400 individual medley and Lauren Hurd racing to the wall with a time of 54.84 in the 100 free for a fifth place finish.

On the diving board, Lauren Rone nudged out a win in the one-meter event with a score of 275.85. She barely outscored WVU’s Hailey Vande Poel, who received a 275.10. Rone’s score also qualified her for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships for the second straight year and her third time overall.

“Lauren had an excellent Saturday, qualifying for NCAA Zones on her way to winning the one-meter board.”

The Mountaineers successfully defended their title on men’s side of the State Games as well. WVU collected 910 points to beat out Wheeling Jesuit and their total of 629.

“This is a great event to have all of the West Virginia teams come together and be competitors, but at the same time represent the state and the sport of swimming and diving,” Tramel concluded.

Marshall’s next event and first dual meet of the season is this upcoming Friday, at home inside the Fitch Natatorium against Youngstown State. The event is scheduled for 3 p.m. Marshall is 10-0 all-time against the Penguins.