Niemeyer Breaks Marshall Record in Day 1 Finals of Zippy Invite|
Dec. 6, 2013
Akron, Ohio - Marshall's swimming and diving team completed Day 1 of competition at the Zippy Invitational in seventh place with 254 points, Friday evening in Akron, Ohio.
Senior Vera Niemeyer (Wuerselen, Germany) led the way, breaking the Thundering Herd's record in the 100 backstroke as a leadoff leg in the 400 medley relay. Her time of 57.59 betters her own record of 57.79 set in 2012. The Marshall relay team of Niemeyer, seniors Madison Lawhorn (Baltimore, Ohio), Sarah Kay (Cape Town, South Africa) and freshman Chloe Parsemain (For sur Mer, France) finished 10th in 3:55.30, a time that was almost two seconds faster than Marshall’s 2012-13 season best.
Junior Kaley Gregory (Hurricane, W.Va.) held her position in finals of the 500 freestyle, finishing second with a lifetime best of 4:58.65. Junior Kacey Preun (St. Andrews, Mantitoba, Canada) followed in fourth with a time of 5:00.85, a season best. Freshman
Freshman Teel Hartmann (Lousiville, Ky.) was the winner of the Consolation Final swimming a lifetime best of 5:02.34. That time moves Hartmann into ninth place on the Marshall’s All-Time Top 10 list. Senior Tiffany Aeling (Columbus, Ohio) finished 14th with a season best of 5:07.87 and freshman Bree Mury (Round Rock, Texas), who had improved her lifetime best in the morning prelims by over 10 seconds, was 15th in a 5:09.90, just off her morning time.
In the 200 individual medley, Niemeyer clocked a 2:08.11 to finish eighth. Kay finished 15th (2:10.60). Lawhorn was runner-up in the Bonus Final with a season best of 2:09.57, while senior Heather Moore finished 20th with a season best 2:10.69.
Parsemain was runner-up in the 50 freestyle Bonus Final (18th overall) with a season best time of 24.57. That time slides Parsemain into ninth place on the Marshall’s All-Time Top 10.
In the afternoon diving session, freshman Megan Wolons (Williamsburg, Va.) finished 15th with 181.05 points, while freshman Rachael Sleichter (Lorton, Va.) was 21st with 154.75.
“We enjoyed a fantastic night,” coach Bill Tramel said. “Four lifetime bests with a school record included. We are finally starting to figure out how to race. Our confidence is growing, which is another major part. What we need to do now is simply keep the ball rolling. Day 2 has much more potential for success as many of us will get to swim our primary events. However, I must rave about how well we performed tonight.”
Illinois State leads the team race with 484 points, followed by host Akron (398), Toledo (391), Clarion (297), Indiana of Pa. (294), St. Bonaventure (274). Marshall is seventh with 254, with Bloomsburg (219) and Niagara (127) rounding out the field.
Action resumes Saturday morning at 9 am. with another preliminary session.