Herd Swimmers to Face Mountaineers in Mountain State Rivalry


Siobhan Schuurman

Siobhan Schuurman

Nov. 2, 2007

HUNTINGTON - Marshall and West Virginia will take their rivalry to the water Saturday as the Thundering Herd swimming and diving team travels to Morgantown, W.Va. to face the Mountaineers at 2 p.m.

"Our girls get really excited for this meet," Marshall head coach Leonard Kraus said. "I think this match up has the same intensity in our sport that it does in football or basketball."

Marshall (2-4) will depend on its strong backstroke and breaststroke groups to help it compete with a talented West Virginia squad. Herd senior Michaela Sceli been strong once again this season. The Marshall record-holder in both the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke events is currently ranked third in Conference USA in the 100 with a season-best time of 1:06.40.

West Virginia is led by quintet of talented swimmers. Marshall will need to stay close with this core group of Mountaineers to come away with a victory.

"They have five girls who are extremely talented," Kraus said. "It seems like they all swim a different discipline so it's going to be very important for us to go two, three and four in those events if we don't come away with a win."

MU will be in action again next week when it travels to Radford for a midweek contest on Wednesday.