Herd Hosts Second Annual West Virginia State Games


Bill Tramel will make his Thundering Herd coaching debut this weekend.

Bill Tramel will make his Thundering Herd coaching debut this weekend.

Oct. 11, 2012

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Swimming and diving will begin its 2012-13 campaign on Friday as it hosts the second annual West Virginia State Games in the Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium.

Marshall will welcome the seven state universities that sponsor a swimming program. Including the Thundering Herd, West Virginia, West Virginia Tech, West Virginia Weselyan, Wheeling Jesuit, Fairmont State and Davis and Elkins will compete in the two-day event. WVU is the defending champions as the host last year.

There will be events for both men's and women's teams.

The first set of events gets underway on Friday at 4 p.m. with six different contests, including the 200 freestyle relay to begin things along with the 50 free and the three-meter diving competition.

Saturday action is split into two different event blocks. The first set of action gets started at 9 a.m. and the games wrap-up at 4 p.m.

Friday and Saturday will serve as the debut for new Herd swimming and diving head coach Bill Tramel. He welcomes back a strong core of 17 swimmers and divers.

Notable returners include Kacey Preun, a sophomore, who returns to the water after a stellar start to her Marshall career. The South African native was victorious 59 percent of the time she entered the water during last year's regular season. This included a perfect 7-for-7 in the 200 breaststroke and a 4-for-4 effort in the 200 free.

Sarah Kay, who had 15 individual wins last year as a sophomore, is back for the Herd as well. She was a perfect 9-for-9 in the 200 butterfly during the regular season.

On the diving board, senior Lauren Rone, a NCAA Zone Diving qualifier for the second time last season is back. Rone holds the best all-time Marshall score in the one-meter diving after posting a 281.55 versus Xavier last year.

Admission for the two-day event is free. Results and recaps will be available on HerdZone.com following action each day.

Event Schedule
FRIDAY - 4 PM START
200 Free Relay
500 Free
200 IM
50 Free
Three-Meter Diving
SATURDAY - 9AM START
400 Medley Relay
200 Medley Relay
400 IM
100 Fly
200 Free
100 Breast
100 Back
One-Meter Diving
800 Free Relay
SATURDAY - 4PM START
1650 Free
200 Back
100 Free
200 Breast
200 Fly
400 Free Relay