Marshall Wins First Dual Meet of 2013-14|
Oct. 26, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall’s swimming and diving team won its first dual meet of the 2013-14 season in front of a home crowd against UNC Asheville in the Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium. The Thundering Herd’s victory came with a 148.5 score over the Bulldogs’ 105.5.
“We had a lot of people doubling today with very short rest,” Marshall coach Bill Tramel said. “I was very pleased with the way we handled that challenge.”
The Herd posted eight victories in 14 events at its home opener, Saturday. It set new season times in 14 events and competed in three races (1650 freestyle, 100 and 200 backstroke) for the first time this season, setting the bar for meets to come.
Marshall won both relays in the dual-meet. Seniors Vera Niemeyer (Wuerselen, Germany), Madison Lawhorn (Baltimore, Ohio), Sarah Kay (Cape Town, South Africa) and freshman Chloe Parsemain (For ser Mer, France) posted a time of 1:49.86 in 200 medley. Senior Tiffany Aeling (Columbus, Ohio), Parsemain and juniors Katie Kramer (Naples, Fla.) and Kaley Gregory (Hurricane, W.Va.) took the victory in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:42.88.
Kay was at the helm of the Herd squad with three wins on the day in the 200 butterfly (2:06.66), 200 individual medley (2:11.80) and the 100 fly (58.95). Niemeyer took two events with a first-place finish, the 100 and 200 backstroke (1:01.18, 2:09.33).
Gregory competed in the 1,650 for the first time this season and won with a 17:42.06 to set the precedent for future meets.
Freshmen Rachel Sleichter (Lorton, Va.) and Parsemain made their Marshall poolside debuts in the dual meet. Parsemain earned her first relay-team victory in the 200 freestyle relay.
“We did some excellent things today, however, our details need to take another step,” Tramel said. “It’s a learning process, and we saw improvement from the WV Games in Morgantown. We can still be better. That’s the exciting part. We’ll have that opportunity in seven days when Campbell comes to town.”