Swimming Drops Heartbreaker to Liberty


Freshman Kacey Preun

Freshman Kacey Preun

Oct. 22, 2011

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HUNTINGTON, W.VA. - In their first home meet of the year, Marshall Swimming was narrowly defeated by Liberty 147-141 in a back and forth competition inside Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium.

Marshall on the day would have four different swimmers collect seven first place finishes, which included two each from freshman Kacey Preun (1000 Free and 500 Free) and sophomore Sarah Kay (200 Fly and 100 Fly). Madison Lawhorn (100 Breaststroke) and Sarah Schimenti (200 Breaststroke) were the Herd's other first place finishers.

Continuing her strong start on the season, Preun, would take the top spot in 1000 yard Freestyle and 500 yard Freestyle, while also finishing second in the 100 yard Breaststroke. Her time of 10:18.73 in the 1000 yard Freestyle places her third all-time in top 10 performers at Marshall and the third best time in Conference USA this season.

Kay's time of 2:03.27 in the 200 Butterfly is the second best performance of the season within the conference and is third best in all-time top 10 performers among Thundering Herd swimming greats.

Head Coach Russell Hunt noted how closely contested their meet was, "I've never been a part of such a back and forth meet. I thought the ladies fought hard today, top to bottom, and unfortunately we came up just short."

Schimenti, a junior from Marietta, GA, notched her first victory of the season. Lawhorn's win in the 100 Breaststroke is her second win of the season after notching a victory during last weekend's West Virginia State Games. Herd swimmers would also garner five second place finishes against the Flames.

"Credit to Liberty for playing to their strengths, and spreading their talented sprinters out over enough events to get the win. I think this was a wakeup call for our sprint group, and I have no doubt that they will be motivated by this meet as we move forward." Coach Hunt added.

Marshall Swimming will get back into the water this Friday, when it hosts Xavier starting a 5 p.m.

Top 5 Finishers:
200 yard Medley Relay
3. (Dschaak, Lawhorn, Kay, Hurd) - 1:49.96
4. (Niemeyer, Holmquist, Rykosky, Demeter) - 1:52.85
1000 Yard Freestyle
1. Kacey Preun - 10:18.73
2. Heather Moore - 10:38.62
3. Tiffany Aeling - 10:47.24
200 Yard Freestyle
4. Kaley Gregory - 1:58.83
5. Jamie Holmquist - 1:58.84
100 Yard Backstroke
4. Vera Niemeyer - 1:01.50
5. Alex Dschaak - 1:01.67
100 Yard Breaststroke
1. Madison Lawhorn - 1:06.07
2. Kacey Preun - 1:07.20
3. Sarah Schimenti - 1:08.94
4. Lauren Tarka - 1:12.59
200 Yard Butterfly
1. Sarah Kay - 2:03.27
2. Arlie Rykosky - 2:09.45
4. Victoria Mesner - 2:13.26
50 Yard Freestyle
4. Lauren Hurd - 25.31
5. Megan Demeter - 25.43
100 Yard Freestyle
3. Lauren Hurd - 55.13
5. Tiffany Aeling - 55.82
200 Yard Backstroke
4. Vera Niemeyer - 2:10.12
5. Alex Dschaak - 2:15.42
200 Yard Breaststroke
1. Sarah Schimenti - 2:28.54
2. Sarah Kay - 2:29.11
3. Heather Moore - 2:30.00
5. Frankie Hilbert - 2:45.16
500 Yard Freestyle
1. Kacey Preun - 5:03.89
2. Kaley Gregory - 5:13.25
4. Sarah Coughlin - 5:18.14
5. Victoria Mesner - 5:21.26
100 Yard Butterfly
1. Sarah Kay - 57.84
4. Arlie Rykosky - 59.60
400 Yard IM
3. Heather Moore - 4:38.77
4. Jamie Holmquist - 4:41.24
200 Yard Freestyle Relay
3. (Dschaak, Hurd, Kramer, Lawhorn) - 1:41.26
4. (Niemeyer, Heniken, Rykosky, Preun) - 1:42.41