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Herd Swimming Sets Program Bests in Friday Qualifying at Virginia Technotational

Catherine Bendziewicz
Catherine Bendziewicz
Feb. 2, 2018

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Marshall Swimming & Diving opened the first session of the Virginia Tech Technotational with multiple program-best performances. The Herd has the top qualifiers in two of the three events contested Friday morning.
Anna Lynch led wire-to-wire in the 500 Freestyle to advance as the top qualifier tonight with a time of 4:57.07. Madi Pulfer was fourth (5:02.10) and Angelica di Marzio placed fifth (5:03.00). Savannah Ruedt (12th,5:07.27), Oda Gjerde (13th,5:08.64) and Cara Martin (16th, 5:13.25) also qualified for finals, which take place tonight.
The Herd qualified the top two in the 200 IM. Catherine Bendziewicz led the way with a time of 2:03.44. Emma Lockyer finished close behind with a lifetime-best 2:03.60, the fourth-fastest time in Marshall school history.  Caroline Wanner (fourth, 2:05.46), Maggie Stovall (10th, 2:08.93) and Maddie Schaffer (13th, 2:09.39) will join Bendziewicz and Lockyer in tonight’s finals.  
In the 50 Free, Lauren Cowher swam a season-best 23.53, finishing third. Hannah Robins blasted a lifetime-best 24.06, which was 10th-fastest, and right behind Robins was Darby Coles (11th, 24.07).  Those two times were the ninth and 10th fastest times in school history. Jordyn O’Dell also had a lifetime-best 24.31 to qualify 13th.
“A great start for us,” head coach Bill Tramel said. “Especially since we didn’t do anything special to prepare for this meet. We just need to keep the momentum flowing and continue through the weekend.”
Finals at the Virginia Tech Technotational begin tonight at 6 p.m.