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Swimming and Diving Places Second in West Virginia State Games

Oct. 15, 2011

MORGANTOWN, W.VA. – After the conclusion of the two-day event, the Marshall swimming and diving program finished as Runners-up in the West Virginia State Games.

The Herd had three event champions including Sarah Kay in the 200 Fly, Madison Lawhorn in the 100 Breaststroke and Kacey Preun in the 200 Breaststroke.

Marshall also had five second place finishes on the day, including a strong finish in the 800 yard Free Relay from Kacey Preun, Heather Moore, Kaley Gregory, and Tiffany Aeling.

"It was nice to see Kacey, Madison, and Sarah come away with wins, and our runner-up 800 relay did a nice job crafting a solid team effort."

Kay beat out all other competition in the 200 yard Butterfly with a 2:05.13 mark to earn the event title and finished the day with a third place finish in the 100 yard Butterfly with a 0:58.00 time. Kay’s 2:05.13 mark gives her the best 200 yard Butterfly finish in Conference USA swimming this season.

Preun garnered a first place finish in the 200 Breaststroke with a 2:25.24 mark that narrowly gave her the title as the second place finisher from West Virginia trailed by only 11 milliseconds. Preun currently holds the best 200 yard Breaststroke time in C-USA after the season-opening finish of 2:22.43 at Radford Universtiy. The freshman swimmer also posted second place finishes in the 400 yard IM, 100 yard Breaststroke, and the 1000 yard Freestyle.

Lawhorn earned her first place title in the 100 yard Breaststroke with a 1:06.63 mark. The mark will put Lawhorn in third place overall in C-USA’s 100 yard Breaststroke finishes.



"We swam a lot of races over two days, and I know the players' efforts will pay dividends as we continue building our season. A tip of the cap to WVU for hosting a great event, and we look forward to doing it again in Huntington next season."

Diving also posted productive numbers at the conclusion of the games. Lauren Prone had a second place finish during day two with a score of 251.93 in the 3 meter dive and Casey Kriacopoulos tallied a 178.80.

“Overall I was very pleased with how we dived,” noted Coach Zagaria on his divers. “Both Lauren and Casey were able to transfer skills we've been working on in practice to the meet.  Lauren has been very consistent from meet to meet and was again just 10 points shy of the NCAA Zone Qualifying Score on 1 meter.  Casey improved on all her scores from the Radford Quad-Duel and she's making great strides in becoming more comfortable in NCAA D-I diving.”

Marshall Swimming and Diving will return to the water this Saturday as they face Liberty for the first home meet of the season. The competition is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m.

Day 2 Top 5 Finishers:

200 yard Medley Relay:
4. (Dshaak, Lawhorn, Kay, Holmquist) – 1:52.28 
5. (Recinella, Preun, Rykosky, Hurd) – 1:54.71
400 yard IM:
2. Kacey Preun – 4:37.22
3. Heather Moore – 4:43.83
5. Jaimie Holmquist – 4:44.45
100 yard Butterfly:
3. Sarah Kay – 0:58.00
5. Arlie Rykosky – 1:00.23
200 yard Freestyle:
5. Kaley Gregory – 2:00.16
100 yard Breaststroke:
1. Madison Lawhorn – 1:06.63
2. Kacey Preun – 1:07.76
800 yard Free Relay:
2. (Preun, Moore, Gregory, Aeling) – 7:59.34
3. (Holmquist, Kay, Coughlin, Heniken) – 8:03.28
3 meter Diving:
2. Lauren Rone – 251.93
4. Casey Kyriacopoulos – 178.80
1000 yard Freestyle:
2. Kacey Preun – 10:24.17
5. Kaley Gregory – 10:44.52
200 yard Breaststroke:
1. Kacey Preun – 2:25.24
200 yard Butterfly:
1. Sarah Kay – 2:05.13
4. Arlie Rykosky – 2:13.07
5. Victoria Mesner – 2:15.14
400 yard Free Relay:
3. Marshall – 3:41.57
5. Marshall – 3:45.27