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@HerdSwimDive Cruises past Saint Louis, Arkansas-Little Rock and McKendree

Heather Lonkert
Oct. 22, 2016

Final Results

Marshall swimming and diving cruised past Saint Louis, Arkansas-Little Rock and McKendree University on Saturday morning at the Simon Rec Center.

The Thundering Herd finished the meet by taking nine of the 14 events held.
Marshall won the first four events of the meet. The Herd set the tone in the 200 yard medley with the team of Chloe Parsemain, Lauren Cowher, Gloriya Mavorva, Sirena Rowe touching in with a time at 1:48.96, more than a second ahead of second place. Anna Lynch kept the Herd two-for-two in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:55.46. Catherine Bendziewicz won the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.50, while Maggie Stovall placed first in the 200 IM at 2:13.05, finishing just ahead of Parsemain at 2:13.17.
After a second place finish in the 200 butterfly by Emma Lockyer, Marshall claimed victory in the 200 backstroke with Madi Pulfer touching in at 2:07.18. The win sparked the Herd in the next event as Justine Jagga won the 200 breaststroke (2:31.57).
The Thundering Herd was perfect on the 1-meter diving board as it swept the event. Heather Lonkert finished first with a score of 251.30. Kelly Toner was second with a score of 243.85 and Megan Wolons was third with a score of 232.25.
Marshall’s last two wins of the meet came in the 500 freestyle and 200 free relay. Caroline Wanner took first place with a time of 5:08.55 in the 500 free. A team of Lauren Cowher, Hannah Robins, Catherine Bendziewicz and Gloriya Marvora touched in first in the 200 free relay at 1:38.90
Carin Ingram and Rachel DePietro finished second and third in the 100 backstroke. Shir Wasserman placed third in the 100 butterfly.
Marshall - 127
Saint Louis – 77
Marshall – 132
Arkansas-Little Rock – 72
Marshall – 148
McKendree - 34
Quotes by head coach Bill Tramel and diving coach Tony Cortright
Tramel on today’s meet:
This was a great challenge for us. After racing the Big 10 last night, we arrived at midnight and had to stand up again at 9 a.m. This was tough, but we fought hard and approached this morning's challenge like it wasn't a big deal. I like to set up these tests for our team. We could have easily used a plethora of excuses not to stand up, but we didn't. Challenges like this help teams at the end of the season. Very happy with this weekend. Now it's on to the next test.
Cortright on diving’s performance:
It's exciting to see the work they put in for the past six weeks start to show up and pay off. I could see them allowing their dives to happen the way they should. A lot of things clicked today, and it seemed almost effortlessly. Every single one of them showed what we have been working toward. Heather almost made her zone cut in the second weekend of competition, our freshman Madison Young did just about everything I've asked her to do on every dive today, she lit it up. It was awesome to watch them perform, and I could not be happier. We are off to a fantastic start.
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Marshall returns to the pool on Saturday, Oct. 29 in Oxford, Ohio against Miami (Ohio) and Bowling Green. The event is scheduled for 1 p.m.