The Marshall University swimming and diving team, under the guidance of its new coaching staff, will plunge into an event-filled agenda beginning with the new season.
Following the West Virginia games, the Herd will have three consecutive home-dual matches. Youngstown State will arrive at the Frederick A. Fitch Natatorium October 19 to start the season, followed by Radford University November 3. Collectively Marshall is 20-0 in dual meets against these two regional opponents.
To wrap up its season opening home stretch, the Herd will take on Vanderbilt Nov. 10. Last season, the Commodores conquered the Herd in a five-meet series, winning their third and final meet in during the fifth encounter.
Head Coach Bill Tramel and his team will close out the fall by making the trip to Oxford, Ohio, for the three-day Miami University Invitational Nov. 29.
Marshall will start off their 2013 season on the road in a three-day quad-meet with Xavier, Ball State and host IUPUI in Indianapolis, Ind. on Jan. 11. Last fall the Herd finished just behind a first place Ball State in a six-team meet, but managed to take down Xavier respectively.
Upon returning, Marshall will be visited by Ohio University Jan. 22 for its final home meet of the year. Marshall has never defeated the Bobcats in ten all-time meetings, suffering a 154-78 loss their last encounter in January.
The Herd will head to Lynchburg, Virginia, Jan. 26 to take on Liberty University. Last year the Flames defeated the Herd at home in a heartbreaking six-point loss.
To end the year’s regular season events, Marshall will meet Duquesne University away Feb. 2. The Marshall swimming and diving team has not seen the Dukes since it made the trip to Pittsburgh in 2007, where the Dukes topped the Herd 117-88.
February 20 will be the start of the Conference USA Championships, which will be hosted in Houston, Texas this year. Last year the Herd finished only fifth out of six teams in C-USA, despite a promising season record. The proceeding NCAA Championships, held in Indianapolis, Ind., will take place from March 21-23.
For more information on the Marshall University swimming and diving team, check out www.HerdZone.com, the official site of Marshall Athletics.