Herd's Ross Ties School Record at C-USA Swimming/Diving Championships
MU has finalists in 50 free, 500 free and 3-meter diving competitions
Feb. 21, 2013
HOUSTON, Tx.-Marshall's Danica Ross tied the school record in the prelims of the 50 freestyle to lead the Herd in the Thursday morning session of the 2013 Swimming/Diving Championships at the University of Houston Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.
Ross finished seventh in a time of 23.37, tying Milla Kuurto's mark from 2006, to advance to the finals of the event, which will be held later Thursday.
"We had a very good morning," said Marshall head coach Bill Tramel. "Eleven of our 15 swims were lifetime bests. Those that missed were very close, within tenths of a second. That's what this sport is about...improving one's self within the framework of a team."
"We have three swimmers (Kacey Preun, Kaley Gregory both in 500 Free & Ross) who advanced to finals tonight and our diver, Lauren Rone, also made the top eight in 3-meter diving," Tramel said. "We'll also have the 200 Free Relay tonight."
Rone finished sixth in the 3-meter competition.
In the 500 free prelims, Preun took 15th in a time of 4:58.12, while Gregory was 16th (4:58.79). Sarah Coghlin (21st, 5:01.50), Megan Clemens (25th, 5:03.25), Tiffany Aeling (26th, 5:06.07) and Victoria Mesner (31st, 5:11.18) also swam for the Herd.
Sarah Kay (17th, 2:08.30) and Arlie Rykosky (18th, 2:09.43) led the way for MU in the 200 IM prelims. Madison Lawhorn (20th, 2:10.67), Kelsey Ferguson (21st, 2:11.48) and Sarah Schimenti (23rd, 2:12.51) also posted times in the event.
"Danica's performance is quite an accomplishment for a freshman," said Tramel. "The exciting thing is that Danica is just getting started. We talked about how she can go faster tonight. Nevertheless, a school record is fantastic."
Tonight's evening session begins at 6 p.m. CT.