Nov. 3, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall swimming and diving dominated Radford Saturday at home for a 188-109 win inside Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium.
The Thundering Herd (2-0) won 12 of the 16 events, including eight of the first nine to pick up its second win of the season.
With the victory, Marshall moves to 11-0 all-time against the Highlanders (3-2).
The Herd’s 188 points is also the most for MU in a home head-to-head dual meet since 2006 when it had 195 versus Youngstown State.
"Radford battled us tough today,” head coach Bill Tramel said. “It's always good to get a ‘W’, but we still have to execute better. We have been working on a lot of details, and I did see some nice race execution today.”
Swimmers Madison Lawhorn and Kacey Preun collected multiple wins in individual events while diver Lauren Rone was victorious in each diving event.
Rone broke her own school record in the one-meter event with a score of 283.87. She also grabbed the win in the three-meter with her second best career score and the 15th best all-time score at Marshall with a mark of 264.15.
“I was happy to see Lauren bounce back with two wins and Maribeth Smith back on the board after missing all of last year due to injury," Tramel commented after the meet.
Lawhorn had two individual wins Saturday. She achieved her career best in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:26.16. Her time of 25.37 in the 50 freestyle was her second win of the day plus the best time for her team this season.
The junior also was on the Herd’s winning relay team. Lawhorn teamed up with Kelsey Ferguson, Arlie Rykosky and Lauren Hurd to take the meet’s opening event, the 200 medley relay (1:51.44).
“Maddie Lawhorn put up a really nice 50 (free) and then came back with a 200 breaststroke with her lifetime best,” said Tramel. “Lifetime bests are really difficult to do this early in the season.”
The Baltimore, Ohio has now hit the wall first in the all three events this season.
Sophomore Kacey Preun was a three-time individual winner against the Highlanders. She picked up wins in the 500 free (5:08.98), 1650 free (17:32.26) and 400 individual medley (4:38.32).
Her 1650 free time was the 15th fastest time in school history. The 400 IM time is Marshall’s season best in the event.
Sarah Coghlin grabbed her second straight win in the 200 free with a career-best performance of 1:57.68.
Additional winners Saturday were Lauren Hurd in the 100 free with a season-best time of 54.50, Sarah Kay in the 200 butterfly (2:08.79) and Sarah Schimenti collecting her first victory of the season in the 100 breast (1:09.81).
Hurd and Kay have each picked up consecutive victories in their respective wins this season.
Radford had three individual event winners and also captured the final event of the meet, the 200 free relay.
Marshall jumps back into the water next Saturday as it hosts SEC foe Vanderbilt. The meet begins at 11 a.m.
"Next week will be a challenge. Vanderbilt is an SEC school and brings in a very strong squad. We hope to improve against them," concluded Tramel.