Nov. 10, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Visiting Vanderbilt won nine of the 16 events to give Marshall swimming and diving its first dual-meet loss of the year, 163-124, Saturday inside the Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium.
“We had a challenging week of training and we talked about being resilient today,” first year head coach Bill Tramel said. “I saw some of our team really get after it. But we collectively need to be tougher to beat a team like Vanderbilt. A well-coached SEC team is not going to give you anything. We need to put ourselves in a position to be successful by swimming our races smarter and eliminating mental errors. We had too many of those today.”
Kacey Preun highlighted the Thundering Herd’s (2-1) swimming effort. The sophomore was a perfect 3-for-3 in the individual events she swam in. She has now won six events in the past two meets and leads the team with eight victories this year with at least one in each of the four meets Marshall has participated in.
Preun’s day begun with the 10th fastest time in school history along with a MU season best time of 10:21.86 in the 1000-yard freestyle. She picked up her second victory of the day in the 500 free with a finish of 5:05.81. Her third and final win was in the 200 individual medley. She posted a season-best time of 2:11.11 while touching the wall first.
The native of Manitoba, Canada was not the only member of the Herd to put together season-best times on Saturday.
With her third straight win in the 200 butterfly, Sarah Kay posted a team and personal season-best mark of 2:06.08.
Madison Lawhorn kept her streak of wins in each meet alive as she was first in the 200 breaststroke. The junior was touched the wall first with a time of 2:27.45.
Although she did not finish first in the 100 breast, Lawhorn did post the 10th fastest time in school history at 1:04.98. Her performance was also both her personal and team season best. Jennifer Mann of Vanderbilt (1-4) won the event with a Fitch Natatorium record time of 1:03.15.
Freshman Megan Clemens also had two good showings. She was third in both the 1000 free and 500 free with career-best finishes of 10:38.60 and 5:12.68.
Lauren Hurd was another notable swimmer for Marshall. Despite second place finishes in the 50 and 100 free events, the sophomore had season best times for both herself and the team with a 25.03 finish in the 50 and a 54.26 mark in the 100 free.
“We did do some good things today,” coach Tramel added. “Kacey Preun had some nice performances. I liked Sarah Coghlin getting after her 200 free. Lauren Hurd, Sarah Kay, Maddie Lawhorn, Sarah Schimenti all had season bests, but we need more help. Everyone on the team needs to get involved. Freshman Megan Clemens is a great example of someone stepping up and getting involved. She really had a great meet and scored third in two events. Her 500 was exceptional.”
In diving, Lauren Rone was the top point getter in each event. She broke her school record, which she set last week, in the one-meter event with a mark of 292.80. In the three-meter, her point total (275.70) equaled the fifth best score among all-time Herd divers.
Vanderbilt was one-two each team relay event and Hannah Martin was their only multiple event winner with victories in the 50 free and 200 backstroke.
Marshall’s next time in the pool is in less than two weeks as they participate in the three-day Miami Invitational in Oxford, Ohio. The meet begins on Thursday, Nov. 29.