Feb. 23, 2017
ATLANTA - Day two of the 2017 Conference USA Swimming and Diving Championships brought two more school records as Marshall advanced 12 to the scoring finals tonight at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta.
"A very good morning," head coach Bill Tramel said. "Better than we had last year. We had a couple misses but they were lifetime best times, so again, it's hard to be disappointed when you just swam the fastest you ever had in your life.
We have three opportunities to win individual conference titles tonight. Sirena [Rowe] was just fantastic in the 50, but we'll need a little more to get her to the NCAA Championships. She'll have two shots at it tonight with the individual and the relay. Overall, our energy was great and I think that carried us through the morning session. We'll be even more excited tonight."Ã¢â'¬â€¹
The morning began with the 500 freestyle. Anna Lynch was the Herd's top qualifier in fifth, with a season best time of 4:53.76. Others advancing into the consolation final are Angelica di Marzio, who finished ninth with a lifetime best of 4:55.95, Madi Pulfer finished 10th with a season best, 4:56.97 and Savannah Ruedt touched in for 12th place with a season best, 4:57.38.
The following event, Catherine Bendziewicz set a Marshall school record in the 200 IM. Her 2:00.42 qualified her for second in tonight's final. Caroline Wanner, previous holder of the record, qualified for seventh with a season best time of 2:03.20. Qualifying for the consolation final were Emma Lockyer (2:04.50, 12th) and Maggie Stovall (2:05.71, 15th), both with lifetime best times.
In the 50 freestyle, Sirena Rowe is the top qualifier. Rowe's time of 23.31 is under her own school record that she set in Greensboro, N.C. in November. Gloriya Mavrova took the last spot in the championship final with a season best, 23.04. Two more Herd swimmers move on into the consolation final. Lauren Cowher finished 12th with a time of 23.33. Chloe Parsemain finished with a lifetime best, 23.34.
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The C-USA Swimming and Diving Championships continues tonight, with the finals beginning at 6 p.m., and will be streamed live on ESPN3. For more information about the event, check out the C-USA Swimming and Diving Championship central page with live results, streaming info and more.