Lawhorn and Black Set New Lifetime Best Times


Senior Madison Lawhorn performed exceptionally in Saturday's meet.

Senior Madison Lawhorn performed exceptionally in Saturday's meet.

Nov. 2, 2013

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall’s swimming and diving team posted 21 season bests and two career bests, Saturday. The new times were swam in the Thundering Herd’s first dual-meet loss of the season. Campbell took the victory by a score of 166-114 at the Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium.

“We were beat by an exceptional team today,” coach Bill Tramel said. “Campbell did a phenomenal job and really gave our ladies some great competition today.”

Senior Madison Lawhorn (Baltimore, Ohio) and sophomore Alex Black (Palm Bay, Fla.) both set new lifetime best times in the 200 breaststroke. Lawhorn took the victory by a time of 2:25.73, while teammate Black finished fourth with a time of 2:31.40.

“I am very pleased with Maddie Lawhorn and Alex Black,” Tramel added. “They both had two performances that were lifetime best times. It was better than they did at the conference championship meet last year rested, shaved, tapered and suited.”

The Herd posted seven victories in 16 events in its second dual meet of the season.

Lawhorn had two victories, winning both of the breaststroke events. Senior Sarah Kay (Cape Town, South Africa) also had two wins of her own. She was the victor of the 100 and 200 butterfly, setting season bests in both events (58.89, 2:04.80).

“Sarah Kay had a great meet, as well,” Tramel said. “Her 200 individual medley was fantastic. It was her fourth event of the day, and she really fought hard all the way through the finish.”

Marshall competed in the 1000 freestyle for the first time this season. Kaley Gregory (Hurricane, W.Va.) won the event and posted a time of 10:29.93.

On the diving end of the pool, freshman Megan Wolons (Williamsburg, Va.) set collegiate bests in the 3 meter and 1 meter diving events (165.225, 181.1).

“As a whole, there are some points that we need to be better at,” Tramel concluded. “We did take a step with our push offs the wall, which were better than the last two meets. So, that is certainly progress. We need more people that contribute. We had just a handful of people doing a phenomenal job, but we need more people to step up. Again, hats off to Campbell for a fantastic meet.”

Marshall will return to action Nov. 8 in Athens, Ohio, where they will face the Bobcats at 5 p.m.

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