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Swimming and Diving Ends Day Two of Miami Invitational

Sarah Kay had a strong Friday performance in the 200 butterfly.

Dec. 1, 2012

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OXFORD, Ohio – Marshall swimming and diving concluded the second day of the 19th Miami Invitational in Oxford, Ohio on Friday.

Prelims for the day’s events were held during the morning on Friday with the finals commencing at 6 p.m.

“We struggled a bit this morning but I thought we competed much better in the evening,” head coach Bill Tramel said. “Kacey Preun had another lifetime best in the 400 IM, Sarah Kay had a brilliant 200 fly with the second best time of her career and Arlie Rykosky swam really tough and won the C-final of the 200 fly.”

Sarah Kay was the top Thundering Herd swimmer on Friday. After qualifying for the A-final in the 200-yard butterfly, she finished third with a time of 2:03.03. Her finish gave Marshall 29 points, the most of any MU swimmer on Friday. The junior’s performance is the second best of her career and a Marshall season-best in the event.

Senior Arlie Rykoksy had the best Marshall time during the 200 fly C-final with a performance of 2:10.41, her season best time.

Additional notable Friday performances for the Herd included Madison Lawhorn in the B-final of the 100 breaststroke event. She finished with a time of 1:05.73 and 15 points. Kacey Preun was first in the C-final of the 400 individual medley with a lifetime best performance of 4:30.12, beating out her previous high by one hundredth of a second.

In diving, Lauren Rone qualified for the finals of the three-meter event with a score of 215.80.

The invitational hosts, Miami continue to lead the eight team field. The Redhawks has 2137.5 points while Emory is second with 1551 points. The Herd has 245 points.

Day three, the final day for the invitational begins Saturday at 9 a.m. with prelims and the day’s finals will get underway at 6 p.m.

“We have a new opportunity tomorrow morning, but we need to be ready to compete. If we can accomplish this, we'll have more people involved in tomorrow night's finals,” said Tramel.

Stay tuned to for results and recap.