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Herd Earns Pair of Top-30 Performances on Day Two of Ohio State Invitational

Emma Lockyer
Nov. 18, 2017

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Emma Lockyer and Catherine Bendziewicz earned top-30 finishes in the 400 IM and 100 breaststroke, respectively, Saturday as Marshall’s swimming and diving team finished the second day of the Ohio State Invitational. The Herd set three lifetime records, with two that ranked among the best in program history

Lockyer had the highest finish of all Herd swimmers, placing 20th in the 400 IM with a time of 4:21.80 after qualifying for the finals with a time of 4:19.14 in prelims, the 12th-best prelims time. Lockyer's prelim time was her lifetime best in the event.

Bendziewicz placed 28th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.99, qualifying for the finals with a prelims time of 1:03.42, which placed her 26th. Bendziewicz shaved a full second off her previous lifetime best.

In the prelim sessions, Lockyer finished 12th in the 400 IM, while Caroline Wanner finished 44th with a time of 4:35.17.
Bendziewicz placed 27th in the 200 free prelims with a time of 1:50.49. Anna Lynch finished 54th with a time of 1:52.20, while Darby Coles’ time of 1:54.62 placed her in 71st, just ahead of Angelica di Marzio, who finished in 79th with a time of 1:55.11. Wanner placed 90th with a time of 1:58.02. Lynch, Coles and di Marzio's times were all season-bests.
Coles was the lone Herd competitor in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 59th with a time of 58.83. Coles' time missed cracking the top 10 in Marshall history by one-hundredth of a second.

"We are very happy with our results today. We executed our races very well and our results showed, at least on a personal level, as opposed to the scoreboard. It's tough taking on some of the best in the country," head coach Bill Tramel said.

"Our competition was posting No. 1 times in the entire NCAA this weekend. That's difficult to compete next to. I think we did a fine job focusing on ourselves and didn't let the fanfare of Olympians and All-Americans disrupt our goal.

"Considering how we prepared for this meet, we are really looking forward to our next big meet to see what our entire team can do. We've worked hard this semester and now it's paying off."

Competition at the Ohio State Invitational concludes Sunday with prelims beginning at 10 a.m. The 1650 free will take place at 12:45 p.m. and platform dive finals begin at 1 p.m. Finals for the remaining swimming events will begin at 4 p.m.