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Thundering Herd Takes Sixth at Tennessee Invitational

Maggie Stovall
Dec. 3, 2017

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 session started with the 1650 Freestyle. Angelica di Marzio and Anna Lynch scored for the Herd. Di Marzio was 10th, just shy of her lifetime best (16:54.62) and Lynch was 13th (17:05.27).

Caroline Wanner won the Bonus Final in the 200 Backstroke to finish 17th overall with a season-best (2:02.06) and Jordyn O'Dell was 24th, matching her exact time from the morning (2:04.25).

The 200 Breaststroke followed with Catherine Bendziewicz scoring 13th with a season-best (2:17.90) and Emma Lockyer finishing 24th (2:22.20).

Marshall divers Maddie Young, Bailey Basham and Sarah McGlumphy finished 9th, 10th and 11th respectively.



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.  

Marshall's "B" Relay of Hannah Robins, Lauren Cowher, Rachael Depietro and O'Dell finished 18th. Robins led with a career-best by almost two full seconds at 52.71.

"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.