Swimming and Diving Welcomes Ohio Tuesday|
Jan. 21, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall swimming and diving will close out the home portion of its schedule when it hosts Ohio Tuesday at 5 p.m. inside Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium.
The Thundering Herd (5-4) will enter the dual-meet looking for its first win against the Bobcats in 11 tries.
Marshall is coming off back-to-back quad-meets in Indianapolis Jan. 11 and 12. The Herd spilt the wins and losses down the middle, picking up three wins while suffering three defeats.
Top swimmers on the season for first year head coach Bill Tramel have been Sarah Kay and Kacey Preun. The junior and sophomore respectively were both top performers last season and have continued their success into this season.
Kay is coming off a strong weekend in which she was victorious three times, which allowed her to pick up Conference USA Swimmer of the Week honors. She has six victories this season, including all five of her team’s wins in the 200 yard butterfly.
Preun is the team leader in victories with nine spread out among six different events. She won the 1650 freestyle last weekend for the second time this season and third time in her career.
The Herd also got a boost from freshman Danica Ross last time out. Making her first appearance in the water for the green and white, Ross was a three-time winner, including posting a team-best time of 24.10 in 50 free during the first of the back-to-back meets, which was also the seventh fastest time in school history. She won twice in the second of the meets, again in the 50 free and then in 100 free.
Tuesday’s meet will be the final home meet for this season’s seven seniors. Emily Akalski, Jaimie Holmquist, Lauren Rone, Sarah Coghlin, Arlie Rykosky, Sarah Schimenti, and Maribeth Smith make up the Herd’s senior class.
Ohio is 1-2 in dual meets this season, with one loss being to the 15th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. The Bobcats loan win is over the Division III fifth ranked team Denison. OU won the Patriot Invitational earlier this year at George Mason and was second at Akron’s Zippy Invitational.
Admission is free to the meet.