Marshall Takes Two Day Meet Over Cleveland State

Meet Stats

  • Complete results
  • Hosted by Marshall
  • November 4-5, 2016
  • 25 yard, women’s dual meet
  • Score
    • Marshall 232, Cleveland State 122

Press Release

Courtesy of Marshall Athletics

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall swimming and diving closed out its two-day meet with a 232-122 win over the Cleveland State Vikings on Saturday at the Fredrick A. Fitch Natatorium in the Cam Henderson Center.
The Thundering Herd stayed consistent in the two-day meet as it won nine of 10 events on both days for a total of 18 event wins.

Marshall began the day with a dominating performance in the 400 medley relay. The team of Sirena Rowe, Catherine Bendziewicz, Chloe Parsemain and Gloriya Mavrova placed first with a time of 3:53.88, almost three seconds ahead of the competition.

The Herd went on to win the next five events. Senior diver Heather Lonkert placed atop of the leaderboard with a score of 248.25 in the 1-meter diving. Junior Emma Lockyer won the 400 IM with a time of 4:30.98, while sophomore Maggie Stovall won the 100 freestyle by touching in at 54.35. Junior Carin Ingram won the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:06.90. Marshall’s 200 freestyle relay team of Parsemain, Rowe, Stovall and Mavrova placed first with a time of 1:37.32.

After winning the 1650 freestyle on Friday, freshman Angelica di Marzio placed in first in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:05.66.

In the final two events, sophomore Maddie Schaffer won the 200 breaststroke with a final time of 2:25.48. The Herd’s 400 freestyle relay team of Bendziewicz, Rowe, Parsemain and Stovall won the final event with a time of 3:33.33.

Quotes from head coach Bill Tramel

On the meet today:
I’m very happy with today. We swam a lot of season bests. We had potential for a letdown today. Especially being up so much after day one. It would’ve been the easiest thing to come in here and just cruise, almost like the meets in hand and we don’t have to push ourselves or go to the well. And we didn’t back down. We kept our intensity high. Our cheering and energy was great and when teams are able to do that when it’s a little quiet and the meet isn’t on the line, that shows a lot of character. I’m very proud of the team and what they’ve done.

On Lonkert and Bendziewicz:
We had some good performances. Heather Lonkert, who didn’t compete yesterday and came back today and won the one meter board, was great. Catherine Bendziewicz did a really great job today.

Looking ahead:
But overall, very pleased and this sets us up for our first big meet of the semester, the NC State Invitational in two weeks in Greensboro, N.C. That is what our whole focus has been on this first semester. I feel really good about where we are at. Now we have to continue to do the job and we have one more week of hard work and then we will go down there to face some very stiff competition. North Carolina, NC State, Duke and Tennessee are all heavyweights. We also get another opportunity to beat West Virginia, which is something we are certainly looking forward to.

Quote by diving coach Tony Cortright:
On Lonkert and the diving team:
I thought the team as a whole today did fantastic. They focused on the things that they were asked to focus on and they performed. I thought we had some issues when we showed up to the show on doing what we came here to do and today they started to overcome that, which was awesome. Heather [Lonkert] came off of a two week injury and did one day practice and lit it up today on the one meter. She was pretty close to her zone cut, so I think we are on the right track and doing good things.

The Thundering Herd returns to the pool at the NC State GAC Invitational from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19. Each day will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 5:30 p.m.

Press Release

Courtesy of Cleveland State Athletics

Huntington, W.Va. – The Cleveland State University women’s swimming and diving team suffered its first dual meet setback of the season as it fell to Marshall, 232-122, as the second and final day of the meet concluded Saturday inside Fredrick A. Fitch Natatorium.

Sophomore Molly McNamara led the Vikings by winning the 100 butterfly in 56.94 seconds, her fastest of the season in that event and a time that extended her lead atop the Horizon League leaderboard of top times. She also swam on two relays for CSU Saturday as she swam the third leg of the 400 medley relay team that took second place in 3:56.75.

Sophomore Cassandra Oltman, junior Tobie Zeller and freshman Gabriella Marinelli joined McNamara on the 400 medley relay.

Marinelli was the runner up in the 100 freestyle in a time of 54.51 seconds. Sophomore Michaela Bargardi was the runner up in the 200 backstroke, as she touched the wall in 2:08.26.

Junior Jamie VanDewerker, sophomore Claudia Zido, Marinelli and McNamara swam on CSU’s fastest 400 freestyle relay team, as the quartet combined for a time of 3:38.97.

Senior Tori Taffner was CSU’s top finisher in 1-meter diving with a score of 229.95 points.

Cleveland State returns to action next weekend with a dual meet at Ohio State Friday, Nov. 11. The meet will begin at a recently adjusted start time of 4:00 p.m.

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