Jan. 27, 2011
The Vanderbilt women's swim team will travel to Huntington, W.Va., to seek its first win of the season against Marshal. The dual meet will take place at the Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT.
The Commodores look to build up momentum heading down the stretch of the season and return to the pool for the first time since setting three season-best times against the Kansas Jayhawks on January 8, but members of the swim team have fallen ill with the flu this week and only a few swimmers have been able to practice. Despite feeling under the weather, the `Dores are looking for their second consecutive victory over the Thundering Herd.
"Half the team is sick so it will be interesting to see what state our team is in," said fifth-year head coach Jeremy Organ. "I hope we can pull things together and have some positive performances because up to this point, everybody had been training well and looking forward to this weekend."
Last season, Vanderbilt traveled to Huntington and beat Marshall 120-118 for the first time since the program was reborn in 2006. Erika Deardorf highlighted the victory by setting the school record in the 1000-yard freestyle in a time of 10:14.87, breaking the 21-year-old record by three seconds.
Marshall won the first meeting on November 10, 2007, the first meeting between the two schools. The following season, the Commodores fell to the Herd 123-177 on January 31, 2009 in Nashville. Individually, VU swimmers have competed well against Marshall, with current swimmers Jennifer Molchan, Laura Dillon, Amy Salce, Jess Eccher, Chelsea Morey and Deardorf earning first-place finishes.
"We match up really well against them," head coach Jeremy Organ said. "We've had competitive meets with them in the past and I expect this weekend to be similar. Our biggest concern is staying healthy."
This will be the last away meet for Vanderbilt before heading to the SEC Championships in Gainesville, Fla., in February. On February 5, the Vanderbilt women's swim team will host Tulane for Senior Day to close out the regular season.
A full recap and results from the Marshall meet can be found Saturday on vucommodores.com.