Marshall Continues Program-Best Performances at Zippy Invite


Senior Madison Lawhorn was Marshall's top individual finisher, Saturday.

Senior Madison Lawhorn was Marshall's top individual finisher, Saturday.

Dec. 7, 2013

Akron, Ohio - Marshall's swimming and diving team completed Day 2 of the University of Akron’s Zippy Invitational, enjoying more program-best performances.

Senior Madison Lawhorn (Baltimore, Ohio) was Marshall’s top individual finisher, clocking a 1:04.36 for a third place finish in the 100 breaststroke.

Marshall scored a whopping 89 points in the 400 individual medley. Freshman Teel Hartmann (Louisville, Ky.) improved her prelim time, finishing fourth with a time of 4:28.86. Senior Sarah Kay (Cape Town, South Africa) moved up to sixth with a lifetime-best 4:30.48. Both Hartmann’s and Kay’s times rank in Marshall’s All-Time Top 10.  In the Consolation Finals of the 400 individual medley, a trio of Herd swimmers competed. Junior Kacey Preun (St. Andrews, Mantitoba, Canada) was 12th in a season best 4:32.27. Senior Heather Moore (Roswell, Ga.) also finished in a season best 4:34.43. Senior Vera Niemeyer (Wuerselen, Germany) was 16th at 4:38.76.

Another Marshall trio attacked the 200 freestyle. Junior Kaley Gregory (Hurricane, W.Va.) finished fourth with a lifetime-best time of 1:54.01. Senior Tiffany Aeling (Columbus, Ohio) finished 15th with a time of 1:56.33, while freshman Bree Mury (Round Rock, Texas) was 23rd at 1:57.36.

Freshman Chloe Parsemain (Fos sur Mer, France) was the 100 Butterfly Bonus Final winner with a season-best 58.84. That time moves Parsemain into Marshall’s All-Time Top 10, as well. Junior Katie Kramer (Naples, Fla.) finished 24th with a time of 1:01.31.

In 3-meter diving, freshman Megan Wolons (Williamsburg, Va.) and freshman Rachel Sleichter (Lorton, Va.) were 18th (181.10) and 21st (157.35), respectively.

Marshall finished the evening with an exciting 800 freestyle relay. The quartet of Preun, Gregory, Hartmann and Aeling fought through 32 laps, eventually finishing fifth in a close field.  Preun led off the relay in a season best 1:53.73. Gregory's split was 1:54.44, Hartmann 1:56.37 and Aeling 1:56.55.

“We had another great evening," coach Bill Tramel said.  “Competing in finals is always fun. We now have a total of 11 lifetime bests at this meet, with one more day to go. Tomorrow is our strongest day. It’s also the hardest day, so I’m looking forward to seeing how our women fight.  They finished strong tonight with a great relay, so I’m very optimistic.”

Illinois State now leads the team competition with 1106.5 points.  Following are Akron (988), Toledo (981), St. Bonaventure (696.5), Indiana of Pa (580), Clarion (554), Marshall at seventh with 543 points, Bloomsburg (526) and Niagara (265).

The last day of competition begins Sunday with preliminary qualifying at 9 a.m., followed by finals at 4 p.m.