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Herd swimming and diving prepare for first meet

The Parthenon

Published: Friday, October 12, 2012

Updated: Friday, October 12, 2012 00:10

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Marshall University swimmer Sarah Kay swims in the pool at the Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium. Kay is a junior from South Africa who finished last season with 15 individual wins and was a perfect 9-for-9 in the 200 butterfly during the regular season.

The Marshall University women’s swimming and diving team will host the West Virginia State Games this weekend. The meet will be held at the Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium at 4 p.m. on Friday and all day on Saturday. This will be the first meet of the 2012-2013 season.

The Herd has been preparing since August. They have a rigorous day-by-day schedule each week with practices and workouts.

Freshman Megan Clemens from Cross Lanes, W.Va., had a slight adjustment to do coming from high school last year.

“In high school we didn’t do as much as we do here. We do a lot of kicking in the water, which is something new for me,” Clemens said.

Practice times vary, depending on the event. Clemens, a freestyle swimmer, has early morning practice.

“My practice is in the morning at six. We have weights with the strength coaches in the morning too,” Clemens said. “In the afternoon we have a team practice from three to five.”

The head coach, Bill Tramel, is a new addition to the team. Tramel was hired for the 2012-2013 season and has a squad of 28 girls.

Senior Lauren Rone said it took the girls some time to adjust.

“Any major change such as a hiring of a new coach will be hard for such a big team but we have been doing really well,” Rone said. “As we’ve gotten closer to our first meet everyone has been coming together and I can tell that we will have a lot of great experiences together this year.”

Rone, a diver for the Herd, broke a record last year. She had the best 1 meter score in school history (281.55) while competing against Xavier at home. During the C-USA Championships, Rone had the third best performance in platform diving with a 155.35.

Rone wants the team to excel and improve their record this year but said she has a few individual goals she would like to reach during her senior year at Marshall.

“I would like to final place top eight in conference in all three events,” Rone said. I did this my junior year and it would be awesome to go out that way as a senior as well. I would also like to qualify for the NCAA tournament.”

After this weekend’s meet the Herd will compete against Youngstown State on Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. in the Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium.

Kara Kucin can be contacted at kucin@marshall.edu.

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