Nov. 5, 2011
Youngstown, Ohio - With wins in the first six events during the meet and 10 overall, Marshall Swimming and Diving would put together a strong team effort to defeat Youngstown State inside Beeghly Natatorium Saturday, 172-128.
"This was a nice win, and the team did a fine job stepping into some unfamiliar roles. It undoubtedly took a full team effort," said Head Coach Russell Hunt.
The Thundering Herd was led by swimmers Madison Lawhorn, Kacey Preun, and Jaimie Holmqusit. Lawhorn was the Herd's only multiple individual event winner with wins in the 100 yard Breaststroke and 200 yard Individual Medley. The three swimmers, plus Alex Dschaak were a part of the winning combination in the 200 yard Medley Relay that got the meet started.
Sarah Coghlin and Holmquist would capture their first victories of the year in the 500 and 200 yard Freestyle respectively. Junior Holmquist would grab her third victory during the meet after being a member of the Herd's team to win the 400 yard Freestyle Relay. Additional individual victories for the Herd would come from Dschaak in the 100 Backstroke, Sarah Kay in the 100 Butterfly, and Arlie Rykosky victorious in the 200 Butterfly.
Lawhorn would get to the wall first in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:06.93, which broke the Beeghly Natatorium record. The sophomore has now won the 100 Breaststroke in all five times she has competed in the event this year.
Preun was able to break the Youngstown State Natatorium record with a mark of 17:12.99, which is the sixth best time Marshall swimming history and easily the best time among Conference USA this year. It was the freshman's first time competing in the event on the year.
"I thought our distance group represented themselves well, whether it be the mile, 200 Free, or 500, they were able to cover some impact spots in today's lineup including the final relay," commented Hunt after his squad's performance.
Coming off C-USA Diver of the Week honors, Lauren Rone would finish second in both the one and three meter diving events with scores of 259.57 and 225.45 respectively. All five of her performances on the year in the one meter are top 20 all-time scores in Marshall history.
Marshall is now 4-2 on the year and will head to Indianapolis, Indiana Thursday, November 17th for a tri-match against Butler University and the host University of Indianapolis. The meet is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.