Nov. 3, 2005
OXFORD, Ohio -
Building on its three-meet sweep last weekend, the Marshall Thundering Herd women's swimming and diving team looks to improve on the best start in school history as it takes on the Miami RedHawks and the Illinois Fighting Illini in a double meet 4 p.m. Friday at the Nixon Aquatic Center.
Last weekend, Marshall (5-1) defeated Duquesne and Shippensburg in a dual meet on Friday in Pittsburgh. On Saturday, the Herd knocked off Youngstown State to run its winning streak to four.
That performance over the weekend was driven by the outstanding performances of seniors Milla Kuurto (Lohja, Finland/Lohja) and Casey Mulholland (Stone Mountain, Ga./St. Pius), who were named the Conference USA Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively.
Kuurto won four events over the weekend during the Herd's three-meet weekend sweep, which increased Marshall's winning streak to four and improved its record to 5-1 on the season.
During the Herd's double meet victory Friday, Kuurto set the Duquesne Towers Pool record in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:33.62, which marks the third-best time posted this season amongst all C-USA swimmers.
"Besides Virginia Tech, Miami and Illinois will be the best competition we face this season," Marshall head coach Leonard Kraus said. "The Big Ten is one of the best swim conferences in the country and Miami is the class of the MAC.
"We fully expect to go out there to compete and see where things lie. In the past, we keep getting better against Miami.
"I expect us to step up against these two schools and have some of our best times of the season."
Mulholland, who won her first conference diver of the week award in her career, grabbed first place in the one-meter diving event, collecting 242.85 points at Youngstown State Saturday. It was Mulholland's fourth diving victory of the season and her third on the one-meter boards. Mulholland later posted a score of 230.30 in the three-meter boards at YSU.
The meet Friday will mark Marshall's first-ever meeting with the Fighting Illini (2-3), while the Herd will be looking to snap its three-meet losing streak to the RedHawks (2-0).
Last season, the Herd lost 173-127 to Miami in its final regular meet of the 2004-05 season.
Following the double meet Friday, the Herd will travel to Greenville, N.C., to face its only Conference USA opponent of the regular season against East Carolina and Gardner-Webb 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.