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Herd Swimming and Diving Sets Three Records at NC State GAC Invite

Nov. 17, 2016

Day One Results
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Marshall Swimming and Diving sits in sixth place out of eight, ahead of West Virginia and Miami (Fla.) after day one at the NC State GAC Invite, held inside the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
In the finals tonight, the Herd broke three school records starting with the first event, the 200 free relay. The team of Sirena Rowe, Gloriya Mavrova, Catherine Bendziewicz, and Chloe Parsemain combined for a time of 1:32.09, breaking a two-year old record. The time also is the fastest in Conference USA this season.
Later, in the 400 medley relay, junior Carin Ingram led off Marshall’s ‘B’ relay with a school record 100 Backstroke split of 55.77, eclipsing Parsemain’s record of 56.11 set at last year’s C-USA Championships.  One heat later, Rowe split 54.92 leading Marshall’s ‘A’ relay to break the record Ingram had just set. The ‘A’ relay went on to break the school record as well with Bendziewicz, Parsemain, and Mavrova following Rowe’s lead.  The relay finished with a time of 3:45.31, over two seconds under the previous school record set in 2015. The relay also ranks first in Conference USA this season.
In other events, Anna Lynch finished 22nd in the 500 Free with a time of 4:56.33. Bendziewicz was right behind at 23rd with a time of 4:58.54, and Madi Pulfer clocked in at 4:59.70 for 24th.
In 3 Meter Diving, Megan Wolons was the Herd’s top finisher in 15th place with a score of 238.20.  Kelly Toner was 17th (234.50), Heather Lonkert at 23rd (205.25), Maddie Young at 27th (170.40) and Rachel Sleichter was 28th at 169.00.
Caroline Wanner raced to a 28th place finish in the 200 IM with a 2:03.67 finish, the second fastest time in Conference USA this season. Rowe backed up her 50 freestyle school record from this morning with a seventh place finish, clocking in at 22.66. Parsemain finished 29th in 23.71 and Mavrova 31st in 23.76. Lauren Cowher improved on her preliminary time to finish 36th in 23.62.
North Carolina - 415.5
NC State - 410
Duke - 301
Notre Dame - 205
Tennessee - 153.5
Marshall - 101
West Virginia - 87
Miami (Fla.) - 63
Quotes by head coach Bill Tramel
“We started popping tonight. The relay records were fantastic. I think the cheering energy we found mid-way through tonight’s session really helped with our medley relays. This is traditionally our worst day. We are much better in the events tomorrow and Saturday, so we should get better as we go. Obviously the story is Sirena Rowe. Just phenomenal. Her 22.60 from this morning is currently ranked #15 in the entire NCAA. There is still room there so she will go faster at conference. But I’d really like to focus on our team. We are the only mid-major team at this meet of all Power 5 schools and we are showing we belong. We are ahead of two Power 5 teams. That’s pretty cool and the team is enjoying that. We need to harness the energy that we found tonight and really enjoy competing against some of the best in the country.”
The second day of the three-day invite begins on Friday at 9:30 a.m.