Thundering Herd Takes Sixth at Tennessee Invitational
Marshall accounts for 167 points
KNOXVILLE, Tn. – Marshall Swimming and Diving finished sixth at the Tennessee Invitational, which concluded Saturday evening. The Thundering Herd scored 167 points, finishing behind host Tennessee, Duke, North Carolina, Denver, and Penn.
Saturday evening saw the program set more top times and lifetime-best performances.
The 200 Butterfly brought two more season-best times from Shir Wasserman at 18th (2:03.59) and Maddie Schaffer at 22nd (2:04.93).
The Thundering Herd saved its best for last with top relay performances in the 400 Free Relay. The team of Bendziewicz, Maggie Stovall, Kristine Sullivan, and Darby Coles combined for the fifth-fastest relay time in school history (3:26.80). Bendziewicz led off in a career-best 50.83, a time that ties Danica Ross for third on the all-time top 10 list.
"We are very happy right now,” said Marshall head coach Bill Tramel. “This week really tested us. It was long with lots of travel, time zone changes and intense competition. Through it all, we threw down some great stuff, with the lifetime and program-bests. Considering our preparation and the challenges, we feel great about where we are. More importantly, we feel great about where we can go the rest of the season. Certainly there are things we need to clean up and we noted as coaches the areas that we need to focus on. The adjustments in our training design are just as important as what the student-athletes need to do. We'll catch our breath and focus on our final exams coming up and get back to work, knowing winter training camp is up next."
Following that winter training session, the Thundering Herd will swim against Liberty and UNC Asheville in Lynchburg, Va. on January 13, 2018.