Marshall Swimming and Diving Completes Saturday Prelims
Marshall advances 14 to scoring finals tonight
ATLANTA – The Marshall swimming and diving team advanced 14 student-athletes to the finals on the last day of qualifying at the 2017 Conference USA Championships.
“We were not very sharp this morning, but we got away with it,” head coach Bill Tramel said. “I’m rather disappointed. We really have to be more focused and disciplined. We have one session to go and have an opportunity to finish second, which would be our highest finish in school history. We have another chance tonight to be better, and we need to be totally dialed in.”
Leading the way for Marshall was Sirena Rowe and Gloriya Mavrova. The tandem broke the school record in the 100 freestyle, with Rowe finishing in second at 49.97, and Mavrova in third at 49.99.
In the 200 backstroke, Marshall placed two in the top eight. Carin Ingram is seeded fifth tonight after her lifetime best performance this morning (2:00.03). Taking the eighth slot is Caroline Wanner with a time of 2:01.42. Jordyn O’Dell (2:02.64) and Maddie Schaffer (2:04.63) qualified 10th and 13th, respectively, to round out the field.
In the 200 breaststroke, Marshall went one up and one down. Catherine Bendziewicz qualified eighth with a lifetime best, 2:18.10. Emma Lockyer was 13th with a time of 2:21.54.
In the 200 butterfly, Marshall came through big in the last event of the morning. All four entries qualified in the top eight. Shir Wasserman was the Herd’s top qualifier at fourth with a lifetime best, 2:01.55. Chloe Parsemain was right behind in fifth at 2:02.58. Maddie Schaffer was sixth at 2:03.94, and Hannah Robins sneaked in at eighth with a lifetime best, 2:04.70.
On Platform Diving, Megan Wolons advanced with the third-best score of 224.60. Kelly Toner made her third championship final of the meet, qualifying seventh with a score of 189.75. It was a career best and the second best score in Marshall history. Freshman Madison Young finished 13th with a Marshall all-time top score of 138.10. Rachel Sleichter finished her career with a 14th place finish with a score of 134.65.
The C-USA Swimming and Diving Championships continues tonight, with the finals beginning at 6 p.m., and will be streamed live on ESPN3.