Dec. 8, 2013
Akron, Ohio - Marshall's swimming and diving team finished seventh at the Zippy Invitational in its last meet of 2013 at the University of Akron.
On night three, senior Vera Niemeyer (Wuerselen, Germany) continued her record-breaking meet by dropping her own school record in the 200 backstroke by almost a second and a half. Niemeyer won the Consolation Final by a time of 2:02.58. Freshman Bree Mury (Round Rock, Texas) finished 16th in the same event by a time of 2:09.58. Mury's qualifying time from the 9 a.m. preliminary session of 2:08.37 moved into sixth on the All-Time Marshall Top 10 list.
Junior Kaley Gregory (Hurricane, W.Va.) matched her own and Marshall's highest finish in the 1,650 freestyle. Her season best, 17:05.76, was good for second. Junior Kacey Preun (St. Andrews, Mantitoba, Canada) finished sixth with a time of 17:29.17, and senior Tiffany Aeling (Columbus, Ohio) 14th at 17:40.88, both season bests.
In the 200 breaststroke, senior Madison Lawhorn (Baltimore, Ohio) was runner-up in the Consolation Final with a lifetime best 2:23.55, moving her up the Marshall Top 10 list from 10th to fifth. Senior Heather Moore (Roswell, Ga.) also clocked a lifetime best 2:25.65 as the winner of the Bonus Final. Freshman Teel Hartmann (Louisville, Ky.) was 21st overall with a season best 2:30.06.
Senior Sarah Kay (Cape Town, South Africa) finished her meet with a 4th place finish in the 200 butterfly at 2:04.87.
"This was the meet we should have had a year ago," coach Bill Tramel said. "We are finally learning to battle through adversity and execute races. We still need work on finishing the last day of competition, however. In sum, this was the best meet since my arrival at Marshall. Two school records, 14 All-Time Top-10 performances, and 14 lifetime bests. Coach (Ian) Walsh and I have identified a number of things we need to focus on moving forward to the Conference USA Championships. This team has put themselves in a good position for success, and we'll be looking forward to the second half of the season."
Illinois State won the meet with 1550.5 points. Host Akron was 2nd with 1364. Rounding out the field were Toledo (1353), St. Bonaventure (1017.5), Indiana of Pa. (857), Bloomsburg (792), Marshall finished seventh with 747 points and was followed by Clarion (715) and Niagara (321).
The Herd will return to competitive action at home in 2014. Marshall will face Duquesne Jan. 18 at 12 p.m. for its first meet of the new year.