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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall started the 2016 Conference USA Swimming and Diving Championships in a big way Wednesday, finishing with a silver in the 200-yard medley relay and bronze in the 800 freestyle relay. The two finishes were the first podium places Marshall has earned in relays at the Conference USA Championships.



The team of juniors Chloe Parsemain and Mikaya Reynolds, along with sophomores Gloriya Mavrova and Lauren Cowher swam a school record 1:41.21 in the 200 medley relay, earning silver in the event, just behind FIU.


In the other event of the night, the Herd's team of freshman Maggie Stovall, sophomore Madi Pulfer and freshmen Brittany Wilkerson and Anna Lynch swam a time of 7:20.83, good for a bronze medal.


"What a fun evening," Marshall coach Bill Tramel said. "We started with a bang and had our highest finish on a relay ever. Then backed it up with another podium finish in the 800 Free Relay.  Marshall has never had a podium finish on a relay.?


"The 200 Medley was great.  School record. The joy of watching them hug each other was priceless.


"Our 800 free relay just missed the school record by 0.34. I think the exciting thing is our entire 800 free relay can all go faster in their individual event Friday. It's always challenging on the first night because everyone is so amped. Sometimes the excitement distracts from their focus and they forget about racing smart. I think all four of our 800 Relay women did that tonight. But they are conditioned well enough that it didn't matter - they still swam fast.


"One swim that didn't get in the published results tonight was Maddie Schaffer's 100 Butterfly Time Trial.  She went 56.03, a lifetime best by almost a full second."


"I'm really proud of our team tonight.  We just need to keep our foot on the gas and keep enjoying the reward of our hard work."


Action resumes Thursday at 10:30 a.m. For video and schedule, visit the Conference USA Championship Central<http://www.conferenceusa.com/championships/16-c-usa-w-swim-championships.html> page. Follow Marshall swimming and diving on Twitter, @HerdSwimming<https://twitter.com/herdswimming>.